Kyle Previews Return To ActionRichie Kyle says his youth side are desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they welcome Wigan Athletic to Squires Gate.
The Seasiders suffered a 3-1 reverse at Wigan earlier in the season, and Kyle admitted his side are facing a very difficult challenge, but one he thinks they can overcome.
"Having played everyone in the league now, I think Wigan are the best team I've seen this season. They're big, they're powerful and they play good football, we'll have to be at our very best but I believe 100 per cent we can win the game," he said.
"We proved against Birmingham in the cup that we are a match for anyone, we need to stick together as a team and play our game, if we do that we'll have a great chance. Injuries and availability might have have an impact on the team, but I'm hopeful that we'll be near enough at full strength come Saturday morning."
The young Seasiders' last outing was the FA Youth Cup defeat to Birmingham City, and it's been a long wait since to get back out on the field.
"The lads are itching to get back out there this weekend, it's a massive game," he said. "It was disappointing to lose out to Birmingham having played so well, we all felt we deserved to go through, but it's a cruel game at times and it's important to bounce straight back.
"Then to have our match against Accrington Stanley called off on Tuesday was another blow, when you lose a match you want to get back out there straight away and rectify it, but because of the weather we couldn't. It's calmed down now though so we fully expect to play the game on Saturday."
Among the many who impressed in the cup game at Bloomfield Road was Alieu Njie, who has only just come into the team after problems with international clearance.
"I don't usually single out players but Alieu has had a tough time so far this season, and he's been impressive when called upon," Kyle admitted.
"He's had to sit out most of the season but he's been training hard and supported the side, he proved against Birmingham what a good player he can be, a real powerful athlete who is getting better every day, like all the lads."
In what has proved a season of disappointment for the senior side so far, the work at youth level has been a source real positivity, with Mark Waddington, Dom Telford and Henry Cameron all featuring at some stage.
"I've said before that Lee is big on youth development and we're in constant contact. It was great for him and the whole first team to come and support the lads in the cup last week, it showed a real team-spirit. Lee came in after the game and said he was very impressed with what he'd seen and felt we deserved much more from the game, the lads were quite down at the time so I think that gave them a much-needed boost.
"We have a real exciting group here who are improving all the time, I think next season we will see just what these players are capable of. I expect more to be knocking on the first team door, which of course is my main aim, but for the time being we'll keep on working hard in training and getting the results," he added.