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"We might have James Maddison involved tonight. It'd be great to see a lot of fans there." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

29 October 2014

The City Under-18s coach wants his side to continue their impressive league form in the FA Youth Cup as they face Peterborough Northern Star tonight...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon has revealed James Maddison could be involved against Peterborough Northern Star in the first round of the FA Youth Cup.

The Sky Blues face the non-league side, who recorded a 3-1 victory over Grantham Town in the qualifying round, at Nuneaton Town's Liberty Way stadium tonight.

City are currently top of the Professional Development League 2 North following an impressive 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest at the weekend despite a number of injury concerns.

Farndon has admitted the Sky Blues won't be approaching the game any differently and has revealed the club have done their home-work on Northern Star.

The City Under-18s coach said: "We're not approaching it any differently to the league games. We've got a lot of games coming thick and fast at the moment and it is a testing time for the side.

"Roberto Ciuffini, our performance analyst, went and watched them against Grantham Town and was impressed by what he saw. 

"They're a full-time team, a college team so they will be after us and everyone wants to be the giant-killer so we've got to go into the game with the right mind-set.

"I'm excited about it, we all are. We want to progress in the competition and we haven't done very well in the competition in the last few years.

"Also, it would be great to see as many supporters there as possible to get behind the youth team. It is great for their confidence and their progression as a footballer."

The Sky Blues will face a trip to either Rochdale or Nantwich Town in the second round of the FA Youth Cup if they win tonight.

James Maddison, who scored his first professional goal for City in the 4-1 defeat at Oldham Athletic, could be involved tonight but top goal-scorer George Thomas could miss the game.

He added: "We might have James Maddison involved. He has obviously been playing with the Under-21s and the first team recently, doing really well but he will come into the selection process for the game.

"George Thomas has a few injuries and that's why he didn't play Saturday. We'll assess him closer to the game but as the squad showed on Saturday, we've got plenty of strength in depth.

"Obviously, if we get through to the next round, we could play either Rochdale or Nantwich Town away which would be interesting and another tough game.

"We've got to give our full focus to getting through this first round and having a cup run this year. The team have made great strides forward in the league and it's important to complement with a run in the cup."

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