Break a blessing for Blackpool, says Kyle

Assistant manager Richie Kyle
Assistant manager Richie Kyle
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Richie Kyle feels Blackpool’s enforced break this weekend could be a blessing in disguise.

The Seasiders were set to travel to Bradford City this afternoon only for the game to be postponed because of the Yorkshire club’s three international call-ups.

With Pool on a three-match winning run, you’d imagine they would have been desperate to play. And while assistant manager Kyle admits there was disappointment, he’s taking the positives.

Neil McDonald’s number two said: “We wanted to keep the momentum going and probably wanted another game as quickly as possible.

“But the break gives us time to get injured players back and will help the lads have a bit of a break, so we will look on the bright side.”

Blackpool remain in the relegation zone after a disastrous start to the season, but their recent improvement in form has given everyone at Bloomfield Road hope.

They have conceded just one goal in their last three games and progressed to the northern quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, which will be drawn today.

Kyle added: “When you get a bit of confidence and momentum, you start winning games.

“There’s a lot of confidence and belief in our dressing room.

“They believe in themselves. All that comes with the more games you win.

“Not only that, we now know that if we go a goal down or suffer setbacks we can come back and win the game.”

The rare weekend off has prompted McDonald to grant most of his first-team squad an extended break away from Bloomfield Road.

But some players still need to report for work. Kyle explained: “Some of the players are being given an extended weekend for a rest, but all of the injured lads are in as normal getting themselves right and there are some lads coming in to train.

“But it’s a good chance to let some of the lads have a few days off to spend with their families and relax.

“It’s been a tough start to the season, with all the changes and things, but I think we are finally adapting to everything thrown at us all.

“We were disappointed when we heard the game was off because we want to play matches but it will be a welcome break.”

The Seasiders will be ball number one in this morning’s JPT draw and Fleetwood Town will be ball three.

You can see the draw live on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM programme, starting at 10am.