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Kyle Frustrated To Draw

23 March 2015

Youth Reaction From Preston Fixture

Richie Kyle admitted he was frustrated after seeing his Blackpool Youth side held to a draw against Preston North End.

The Seasiders had the better of the game and spurned a number of openings, while restricting their Lancashire neighbours to half-chances, but Kyle still managed to find plenty of positives from the game.

"The feeling in the changing room is one of frustration, to not have won that game is a mystery," he said.

"We controlled the game from start to finish, created good openings but just didn't finish them off. We have to be more clinical in front of goal, you don't win games without scoring goals."

Blackpool were again playing a team of mostly first years and new recruits against a more experienced North End side, and Kyle thought that the performance itself is testimony to how well all his players are reacting to new surroundings.

"Look, we have to look at the bigger picture, we're making great strides," he said. "The clean-sheet is another positive, but I liked the way we pressed high up the pitch, forcing mistakes and creating openings for ourselves, we just have to make them count.

"For such a new side that are so young to not only compete at this level but to dominate is pleasing. I see this group of lads work so hard in training, day in, day out, and that's reflected on a match day.

"When we were really struggling earlier on in the season, I challenged the first years to step up. We've lost a good chunk of our side to first team duty, which is a blow to the team, but great for the club so it was always going to be tough for us.

"What I've seen in the last few months is a young group develop and grow into better players, who won't shy away and are ready to take responsibility. They might have been thinking they could coast through and more experienced ones will drag us through, but that isn't the way to be, not in my team anyway.

"I saw a group of players who were hungry, who were always asking for the ball and weren't intimidated by anyone. I can't stress enough how pleased I've been with the group in the last month or so, and I think it all bodes very well for next year, but for the time-being we still have games left and we need to try and pick up as many points as we can," he added.

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