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Foster looking forward to Youth Cup tie

21 November 2012

Ian Foster believes his side have what it takes to progress at Oldham...

Coventry City Under-18's coach Ian Foster hopes his side can come through a 'difficult tie' at Oldham Athletic in the FA Youth Cup tonight.

The Sky Blues face a trip to Boundary Park in the second round of the FA Youth Cup with kick-off at 7pm.

They progressed by beating Shrewsbury Town 4-3 at the Ricoh Arena and Foster is looking for a similar performance against the Latics.

The Under-18's coach said: "The lads will be on the front foot having got a few good results lately but it will be a very difficult tie.

"The performances have definitely improved lately and I think they can bring a lot of confidence into the game considering the recent wins.

"But going up north to face anybody is always difficult. They will have to adapt to the conditions and make sure they are at their best if we are going to progress.

"Training has been excellant and they really seem like they are beginning to show some of their best football. Oldham are a good side and the cup always brings out more in every team as it is a special competition.

"There is now competition for places and the lads are really up for it so hopefully we can go there and make the right impression."

The young side recently beat Birmingham 2-1 and they are also expected to have Leon Lobjoit back in the side who has had a productive spell with the Under-21's.

Foster believes having Lobjoit back in the side will provide a real boost ahead of the cup tie.

He added: "He got on the scoresheet against Birmingham City last week for the Under-21's and he has been doing well lately.

"I tried a little bit of reverse psychology with him. I made a bet with him that he wouldn't score in his first ten starts but it looks like I will be the one paying out. 

"He has been fabolous really. He is a left-footed, combative midfielder and we can't wait to get him back involved with us.

"He can add an extra dimension to our team and hopefully he can make a difference when we play Oldham.

"We are looking forward to going up there and showing what we can do."

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