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INTERVIEW: Andy Crabtree Looks Ahead To Tonight's FA Youth Cup Third Round Tie

The Sky Blues Under-18s travel to Villa Park...

13 December 2017

Tonight, the Sky Blues under-18s travel to Villa Park in the FA Youth Cup, as they look to book their place in the fourth round of the competition.

A third consecutive trip on the road for City in the competition, following wins against Lincoln and Accrington Stanley, sees them come up against Aston Villa.

Under-18s Coach, Andy Crabtree is looking forward to the game, as his side make the short trip to Aston tonight.

He said: We’re looking forward to the game very much so. As a group of players, staff and the whole Academy, it’s a big night and it should be brilliant to showcase all the abilities the lads have got, we all have positive vibes.

“It’s all about experiences in this competition, its invaluable for young players and this is a team that is improving, day by day, week by week and month by month and these experiences are only going to add to that.

“I’m expecting Aston Villa will want to keep the ball and it’s a game where we will have to contain them and try and win the game.

“But the pressure is on them. They’re at home and for us it’s about picking our moments and doing the right things at the right time and try and open them up and put the ball in the back of the net.

“And I can’t fault the lads for their efforts in training and their preparation for tonight’s game and in other games in general, it has been absolutely spot on and it’s been brilliant to see.”

The victories in the Youth Cup this season, have spear headed a return to form in the league for the City youngsters, following a disappointing start to the campaign.

The Sky Blues have now won five of their last six games in all competitions and that kind of form is what Crabtree is after.

“We always knew the league form would turn around because we have some good young players in this Academy and it’s important that development is kept at the front of everyone’s minds because this team is moving at the moment, its developing and improving which is important.

“We’ve got goals in the team through the likes of Jack Burroughs and Morgan Crowther. We have resolute defending, keeping more and more clean sheets and were more difficult to break down.

“We have midfielders who are box to box and also protect the defence and we have that creativity in wide areas, which is key to any team, so it’s a real positive vibe around the whole academy.”


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