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Kyle: Integrating Fresh Faces

16 March 2015

Youth Team Welcoming New Players

Richie Kyle insisted he will continue to field his new scholars to help them gain experience, after his side suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at Accrington Stanley on Saturday. 

The Seasiders were unable to claim victory, despite Luke Higham scoring his second goal in as many games, and Kyle admitted he anticipated a tough task for his team.

“It was always going to be difficult because I had five under-16s playing so we were extremely young,” he said.

“The five players that have come in have never played with each other, so we were slightly disjointed. We did it to give them a taste for next year because we knew it was going to be physical challenge.

“I want them to integrate them as quickly as possible so next year can be a smooth transition for us. I’m glad we’ve done it and it’s a good experience for them because it will help them understand how physically demanding it will be next year. 

“On that note it’s pleasing and we should have got something out of the game, and although a defeat is never great it’s not the end of the world because they didn’t look a million miles off.”

Although Kyle’s side suffered defeat, the Head of Coaching insisted he would continue to include his new scholars at any given opportunity. 

“The more we put them in the more confident they will get. They will get used to how hard it is, they will get used to the tempo of the game and I’m going to try and chuck them in as much as I can towards the end of the season. 

“Any chance that I get I will do it again because it will help us next season. I’m a big believer that if they keep on getting experience it will show massively next campaign. 

“You can see how much they are settling in game on game, becoming more confident, and that’s the most important aspect for us now for the remainder of the season.”

Before the match Kyle had challenged his team to go the rest of the season unbeaten and he still sees no reason why Blackpool can’t win most of their remaining fixtures. 

“Despite the mixture of our results we are playing well and I can see that. At the end of the day it’s difficult, with all the new players coming in, to keep our consistency week on week. 

“I know the lads can beat anyone on their day and next week we will be a much more experienced side. We will back to our usual selves and I expect for us to get back to winning ways next weekend,” he explained.

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