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"We’re really looking forward to going down to an excellent ground, the distance doesn’t matter." Coventry City's Jason Farndon

5 December 2014

The Sky Blues Under-18's boss is looking forward to the trip to Bournemouth and is hoping for a good result to see his side progress to the fourth round...

Coventry City Under-18’s coach Jason Farndon has admitted he is relishing the game against Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium in the FA Youth Cup this evening.

The young Sky Blues only found out on Tuesday that they would be making the long journey, having qualified from the previous round 4-3 away to Rochdale last month. 

But Farndon was adamant that despite the short notice, their preperations have not been affected ahead of the tie.

“We’re really excited for the game,” the Under-18’s coach said.

“It came as a bit of a shock on Tuesday morning, but we were preparing for Saturday anyway so we’re really looking forward to going down to an excellent ground, the distance doesn’t matter.

“We had the option not to take the game but we wanted to play it.

“They’re a really good footballing team and top of their league. They look excellent, they’re a little bit like us in the sense that they are getting players in first team, they have a couple of internationals and of course they have one of our homegrown talents in Callum Wilson in the first-team, it will be a great test.”

The Sky Blues have not won the FA Youth Cup since 1987 and will be hoping to secure passage to the fifth round at the Goldsands Stadium. 

Farndon is eager to see his side progress and believes they can cause problems for the Cherries on their own turf.

He continued: “It would be nice to go through, it’s a slightly different system in the Youth Cup as they draw the teams before the games – we knew we would play Bournemouth well before we got through against Rochdale. 

“It will be a good test, if we were to get through and face one of the big sides, we wouldn’t prepare differently for anybody. We obviously would look at the opposition and how we can hurt them and how they can hurt us, whether that be the best team in the country or anyone.

“We’ve shared the goals out a lot this season, they’ve been spread out which is really good to see, but we also have to be conscious of our defensive duties. We’re really looking forward to the game.” 

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