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INTERVIEW: Andy Crabtree Talks FA Youth Cup

The under-18s coach, reflects on the second round win against Accrington and previews the next tie against Aston Villa.

13 November 2017

Last week, Sky Blues under-18s booked their place in the third round of the FA Youth Cup, with a 3-2 win against Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

The result followed on from City’s first round victory away at Lincoln City, as they look to continue their march in the competition.

Victory last Thursday was secured with the help from Morgan Crowther, who scored a hat-trick in the game.

Following the win against Accrington, under-18s coach, Andy Crabtree spoke of his delight for his side to have secured another victory in the competition.

He said: “We was really pleased, everyone associated with the club and the academy are pleased to be in the next round and to achieve the objective we set out at the start of the night.

“We settled the game quite well and got a sequence of passes together and started dominating possession and they found it difficult.

“In the second half, coming out and conceding so early was difficult, but the lads, they had a good spell after that and dominated again and started to get on top and then they got a third goal and at that stage we needed to kill the game off.

“To concede another one made it back against the wall for last 10/15 minutes, but they managed and achieved their objective which was good.

“Also, Morgan worked hard for his goals, obviously it’s important he does the other bits to his game still; getting the ball linking play and bringing other players in and getting goals as well as he did.

“He played well, especially having not been involved in the last round and to come in and play like he did the other night, I was really pleased for him.”

Next up for Andy and his side in the third round of the FA Youth Cup is another away trip, this time at Aston Villa under-18s.

The Sky Blues look set to take on the Villans at Villa Park and Crabtree is looking forward to the challenge.

“We’re delighted with the next tie; the lads are looking forward to it.

“Aston Villa will pose different kinds of threats and they will be well up for the tie as will we be.

“We will watch them now, see what threats they do pose, but it’s about going there and imposing ourselves and asserting ourselves and there’s no reason why we can’t go there and give everything we’ve got and be successful

“It’s a fantastic stadium to play at and it’s a chance for us to play under the lights at Villa Park and it will be a great experience for all involved and these boys are taking so much out of these ties and they can really kick on with their own careers.”

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