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Kyle: Signs Of Improvement

26 January 2016

First-Team Coach On Team Progression

First-team coach Richie Kyle says belief is growing in the Blackpool dressing room following a couple of impressive results and performances.

Saturday's late drama at Walsall, where Danny Philliskirk hit a 94th minute equaliser, highlighted the fighting spirit and progression of the side since the start of the season.
"You could see the difference from when we played Walsall early in the season to where we were on Saturday. The belief is there and we do compete against everybody in this league. We can take points off anybody and the opposition are starting to realise that," Kyle told the official website.

"We're a difficult side to play against, we're organised and we've got some good players and goalscorers who can put the ball in the back of the net."

Ahead of the visit of Sheffield United this evening, Kyle looks at the club's record against other top eight sides as an example of the squad's capabilities. 

"We've played at Wigan and got a result and at Coventry, and we also beat Peterborough United here at Bloomfield Road, so we know we can compete in this league and compete against the teams near the top. We just need to add a little bit more consistency to our game and get a few more points on the board."

Blackpool's recent displays against Scunthorpe United and Walsall have come with a few new faces in the team, and they've made instant impressions.

"Danny Philliskirk and Mark Yeates have played in the last two games and done really well. Danny has scored two goals already and both players are really good professionals. Big Uche has also come in now and he made an impact straight away off the substitutes bench at Walsall. He can only get stronger as the weeks and games go by. 

"There's competition for places now and you can see that with the tempo in training, people realise that they need to keep up a level of performance to stay in the team."

Assessing things on the training ground and alongside the manager in the dugout, Kyle has been pleased with his own transition to first-team level this summer and is enjoying the task at hand.  

"It's been a good challenge and I'm enjoying it every day. It's something I've embraced and I love working with the manager, he's got great experience and knowledge and I'm learning from him every day. It's a challenge that I'm relishing," he added.

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