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Tony Philliskirk Previews Blackpool

23 April 2014

Tony Philliskirk takes his youngsters to Bloomfield Road tonight to face Blackpool in the final of the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup.

After finishing runners up in the Youth Alliance league behind the Seasiders, Latics will be looking to add silverware and dash Blackpool's chances of winning a league and cup double.

Looking ahead to the game, manager Philliskirk believes his players should thrive on the occasion. He said: "A cup final is special for the boys. I'm sure all their families will be there and it will be great to play in a first team stadium.

"It would be great for the boys if they could lift the trophy and get some silverware. From a personal level, it would be great to win it for them. 

"They can go away from Oldham with their heads held high and say that their final game for the club was a cup final win. It will be a great achievement for them and a little bit of personal glory for them."

The sides met in the league a month ago which Blackpool ran out 4-3 winners and the boss reflected on that game.

"They won the league and we played them only a month ago and lost 4-3. The game was dictated by the weather and it was atrocious conditions. We were 3-0 down against the wind and we got it back to 3-3 with the wind," continued Philliskirk.

"We should have been ahead as we missed a penalty and then they scored in injury time to beat us 4-3. It was two evenly matched teams so you could say it's the best two teams in the division going head to head to try and win the final."

As this will be the final game for some second year scholars, the gaffer is hoping the players showcase their skills to impress watching scouts.

He said: "For the second years that haven't got the pro contract, it's going to be the final game of the club for them so they can showcase what they have got. 

"I know a few other clubs are going to the game so hopefully they can show what they are about and and showcase themselves to try and get themselves a contract somewhere else."

Kick off for tonight's game is at 7pm.  

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