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Letheren Staking A Claim

23 July 2015

Goalkeeper On Battle For Starting Role

Goalkeeper Kyle Letheren used Wednesday’s friendly with Ross County to stake a claim for the number one Blackpool jersey after an impressive showing in goal.

The Welshman excelled between the sticks throughout but in particular when producing a fine double save after the break. 

Set for a strong battle with Colin Doyle for the nod on the opening day, Letheren believes he did himself no harm in the 1-1 draw. 

“The manager has said it’s an open field, he doesn’t know who is going to start in goal,” said Letheren. “I’ve put my claim in there now and hopefully Colin can go and do well for himself on Saturday. 

“We have mutual respect. It’s the goalkeeping union, we all look after each other. I’ll be supporting Colin on Saturday just like he did to me on Wednesday and it’ll go to the wire.

“I felt sharp out there and got my first 90 minutes under my belt. It’s always nice when you make one or two saves and they go up the other end and get an equaliser.”

A string of impressive saves from the stopper, who is soon to become a father, were made worthwhile in the final minute when Mark Cullen levelled against the SPL side. 

“It was a good result in the end, we kept digging in and hopefully we can only improve from here. Obviously the boys are getting to know each other and playing together helps.

“There’s still a lot of work to do, we know that. We’ll keep grinding on the training pitch, hopefully it will all click and we will produce the goods when it matters,” he added.  

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