Youth Team Beat OldhamRichie Kyle was immensely proud of his team’s performance after Blackpool Youth defeated Oldham Athletic 2-0 yesterday.
Kyle’s side was left short due to a number of reasons and the Head of Coaching was full of praise for his team, who produced a magnificent away victory against the odds.
“They were outstanding, especially considering our squad was stretched to the maximum,” he said.
“We had a few unavailable and we couldn’t get some of the younger lads out from school, which meant we only had two outfield players on the bench.
“We had to make sure that we got through the game first and foremost because of the numbers we had and the lads were terrific. Their work ethic, determination and desire not to be beaten was tremendous, and it’s probably one of the most pleasing performances we’ve had all season.”
The current campaign has seen Blackpool have one of the youngest sides in their league but Kyle can now see a competitive team emerging.
“We’ve been up against it all season in that we have been so young. With some of our lads going into the first-team it was a new group, a new group that had been playing against a lot of second years and needed time to develop.
“I knew the results would start coming, as we have been playing so well but still losing games. These young lads have grown into a team who can compete against the top teams.
“They’ve won their last three games and conceded no goals against good sides. We are unbeaten in a few games and we are now starting to turn all our performances into wins which is pleasing.
“They are getting into that habit that we had last year, which was winning games and winning constantly. At any level to win three games and to not concede a goal is an achievement and it’s even more impressive because of how young they are.”
With The Seasiders currently on a three-match unbeaten run, Kyle sees no reason why his side cannot have an extremely good finish to the season.
“I’ve challenged the boys to go and win every game. We’ve won the last three against good teams and there is no reason why we can’t just go and finish the season off with winning every single game.
“I know they can do it, I know they’re into the mentality of winning games and knowing how to win games. They like winning games, and once you start get into of habit of winning it’s a good habit to get into,” he added.