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Youth Return To Action

2 January 2015

Kyle's Side To Host Port Vale

Blackpool Head of Coaching Richie Kyle says his youth side can't wait to get back to action this weekend.

The young Seasiders face Port Vale at Squires Gate tomorrow morning, on the back of a Christmas break that provided much needed rest for the players.

"It's great to be back out there this weekend, the lads can't wait," Kyle said. "The Christmas break came at a point when we were really finding our feet, stringing wins together and playing some good football, so we'll be looking to pick that form up again.

"You could look at the break both ways, a little bit frustrating to not be able to play but at the same time it's a good break for the young lads who have been magnificent in the first half of the season, both in training and in matches.

"It won't be an easy game against Port Vale, they'll come here and look to cause us problems. We'll have to make sure we're at our best and not suffering any sort of Christmas hangover. The lads have trained a couple of times over the break and have looked sharp still, so I've no real concerns."

The Christmas break also provided a great source of inspiration for Kyle's youth players, after seeing one of their own, Dom Telford, score for the first-team during the 1-1 draw with Rotherham, and Kyle admitted it was a proud moment to see Telford grab his first senior goal.

"All the lads were buzzing to see Dom score, but not at all surprised," he said. "Everybody knows that he's a natural goalscorer, he does it for us week in, week out, but to see him get his chance and take it was a great moment for us.

"Mark Waddington was on the pitch as well which was a nice moment for them to share, they've both been excellent for the club and are reaping the rewards for the hard work they've shown.

"This football club will give youth a chance, it's important for the lads to see their team-mates doing well, turning out and scoring goals for the first-team. It inspires them, and it's proof that hard work can get you where you want to be.

"Our job is to get players turning out for the first-team, not only winning games at youth level, so hopefully by the end of the season we can see a few more of the lads in an around the squad for the senior side, we have some real talent here," he added.

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