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Kyle: Both Games Worthwhile

Two Pre-Season Victories In One Afternoon

23 July 2017

Richie Kyle hailed the benefits of having two pre-season friendlies at the same time yesterday, as the full squad got valuable minutes in preparation for the new campaign.

The Seasiders’ first-team coach took charge of a 7-0 victory at Radcliffe Borough, while another strong side recorded a 4-3 win at nearby Salford City.

The short proximity between the two grounds also allowed manager Gary Bowyer to spend significant time at both fixtures.

“We were trying to build up the minutes for each individual player. Having one game wasn’t enough to suffice for everybody,” Kyle said.

“A lot of them got 90 minutes, or just under 90 minutes, and that’s exactly what they need as we get closer to the first league game against Bradford.”

The 11 goals scored across the two games all came from the club’s forward options, with Brad Potts and Bright Osayi-Samuel joining six strikers on the score-sheets.

“Strikers love scoring goals, they get their confidence from scoring goals. No matter what game it is or what level it is, they always want to put the ball in the back of the net. It can only put you in good stead and hopefully have them scoring goals in League One,” Kyle admitted.

“We know we’re blessed with some good quality up front and whoever plays has got goals in them.”

For one striker, Mark Cullen, it was a first run out of pre-season that resulted in him finding the net on two occasions. The 25-year-old had to sit out the first few weeks of training after playing through the pain barrier at the play-off final back in May.   

“He’s had a foot injury that he was playing with at the end of last season,” Kyle confirmed. “We tried to clear it up in the summer but it took a little bit longer than we thought. He’s back in full training now and it’s just about getting him up to speed. He was only on the pitch for 45 minutes (against Radcliffe) but managed to get himself a couple of goals.”

The match at Radcliffe also saw new loan signing Sean Longstaff make his first appearance in tangerine, having reported to Blackpool on Friday evening.  

“We met him late on Friday night and he’s obviously coming in to a new group. You can see from the game that he’s got quality - he’s good on the ball and makes forward runs. It was a good performance from him and he’ll only get better with the help of all the staff. We’re looking forward to seeing more of him,” Kyle added. 

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