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Youth Team Face Preston

20 March 2015

Lancashire Derby For Kyle's Side

It's derby day this weekend for Blackpool Youth as Richie Kyle's side welcome Preston North End to Squires Gate on Saturday.

The Seasiders will be looking to a bounce back from a narrow defeat away at Accrington Stanley last weekend, and Kyle said the added incentive of playing their biggest rivals will only help his players.

"It'll be great to get back out there after a long week," he said. "When you lose you always want to get straight back out there, especially with us bedding in new players, but they've trained well this week and are more than ready for the weekend.

"We should be near-enough at full strength. With us playing three games in seven days the squad was a little stretched last week, but players have recovered from minor knocks and should be ready."

The Head of Coaching admitted that with no chance of silverware this season, it was an opportunity for him and his backroom staff to carry on planning for the next campaign.

"This is a good period for us to prepare for next season," he said. "Obviously we're going out to win these games, but it's more important to implement our ideas and style to the new lads.

"We've been playing well recently, winning three on the bounce without conceding. On reflection we could have easily carried the run on against Accrington, but it wasn't to be."

Preston won the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and Kyle is expecting another tough match against The Lilywhites.

"They're a physical side who will look to stop us playing," he said. "It was a scrappy one last time and one they came out on top in, so we'll want to put that right. It'll be a completely different side to the one they faced in November, it's no secret that this team has changed and there'll be more new faces at the weekend.

"It's a derby though and the players will know what's expected of them. Blackpool and Preston are rivals at any level, so I'm sure the supporters will be keeping an eye on it and hoping we get the win that we're capable of," he added. 

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