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Kyle: Full Strength For Youth Tie

15 January 2015

Seasiders Face Birmingham City In Cup

Blackpool Head of Coaching Richie Kyle says his players are relishing the upcoming FA Youth Cup clash with Birmingham City at Bloomfield Road tonight, kick-off 7pm.

Kyle will be able to call on the likes of Mark Waddington, Dom Telford and Henry Cameron following their stints with the first team, and the Liverpudlian feels their presence will provide a massive boost for his young side.

"It's a match we've been looking forward to and it seems we'll be at full strength, which is great news," he said.

"Mark, Dom and Henry have been excellent for us this season, their chance to train and be with the first-team has beneficial to their development, and it can only help us.

"We've done our research on Birmingham and they're a very good team. They're amongst the top teams in their division and they'll look to get the ball down and play, much like ourselves so I'm expecting a great match.

"The Youth Cup is one of the highlights in every season, it's where so many stars have been discovered in years gone by, and to play at Bloomfield Road will be a great experience for those who haven't done so before."

The winner of this tie will face an away trip to either Derby County or Liverpool, but despite the pull of a glamour tie, Kyle says his side are taking one game at a time.

"We heard who we could be facing, but in all honesty nobody in the camp has even mentioned it," he said.

"Obviously it would be great to go somewhere like Anfield but we have a job to do first. If we beat Birmingham then we can think about the next round, but we'd never even contemplate what might be."

Liverpool were the side who knocked Blackpool out of last season's Youth Cup on penalties and Kyle admits that result still rankles.

"I'm still haunted by last season's match, we played so well and deserved to go through, if we play half as well as we did that night tonight then we have a chance. One thing's for sure, we have to be at our best if we're to beat Birmingham."

Admission for the match is free to season ticket holders, or £2 for Adults and £1 for Concessions.

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