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Youth Team Exit Cup

25 February 2015

Kyle Bemoans Conditions

Blackpool Youth are out of Youth Alliance Cup after losing 1-0 to Accrington Stanley in terrible conditions at Squires Gate.

A Jack Hartley goal settled the tie for Stanley in a match of few chances, and Richie Kyle felt because of the conditions it was always going to be settled by one goal.

“A set piece or an individual piece of skill was always going to win the game, and to be fair to their boy scored a terrific finish which we could do little about,” he said.

“But the weather was up there with the worst conditions I’ve ever been involved in. Had it been called off, there wouldn’t have been many complaining, it was atrocious.
 
“Every goal-kick taken was coming straight back at the keeper, every corner came to nothing and neither side could string a pass together. If it was just us suffering fair enough, but neither side could do anything. I don’t really remember a chance apart from the goal.

“I did say to the lads that both teams had to deal with the conditions and we lost, so it’s not good enough at the end of the day, but Accrington will feel lucky to have come away from those conditions with a win, there was nothing in it.”

With Bright Samuel unavailable, Blackpool’s squad was again stretched, and that told with a 15-year-old making his debut for The Seasiders and another coming off the bench in the second-half.

“We’re always a young side, but we were even younger, too young in reality,” said Kyle. “It was tough to be missing so many players, but the young lads came in and did OK. To be honest it wasn’t a game for individuals to stand out, it wasn’t really a football game.”

Next up for Blackpool is a home match against Fleetwood, and Kyle was confident his side could finally end their winless 2015 against The Cod Army.

“I seem to be repeating myself a lot these days, but I’m very confident this run can come to an end,” he said.

“We’ve been playing much better in recent weeks and could easily have picked up more points than we have, so hopefully we can implement our game at the weekend and take it to Fleetwood. We’ve already beaten them once this season, so we go into the game with confidence,” he added.

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