Steve Spooner on Blues FA Youth Cup tie

Steve Spooner
Blues Under-18s Coach Steve Spooner.

Blues Under-18s travel to Ashton Gate with their game-plan firmly in mind (7pm).


Steve Spooner says Blues will be ready for the contest at Bristol City tonight.

Blues Under-18s travel to Ashton Gate with their game-plan firmly in mind (7pm).

"The players look like they are mentally ready, physically ready, and they were very lively in training on Monday," said Spooner, Blues Lead Professional Development Coach.

"We have done all the work now, it's about how the evening itself unfolds.

"In a lot of these situations it's how players handle everything around the FA Youth Cup. There's a lot of emotion, it means so much to them, you're at a big stadium, and I've not seen people go down with cramp, for example, in a typical Under-18s league game.

"You try to keep them on an even keel as best as you can and ensure it doesn't affect them mentally."

"We have done our due diligence on Bristol City and we know what to expect," Spooner added.

"From our perspective, we will stick to the way our players are coached to play. We respect the opposition, but we won't change the way we go about things.

"There might be little tweaks we look at in one or two areas which could give us something slightly different, but we know how we want to go about the game."

Blues have been missing some key players in recent weeks due to injury and there will be late checks ahead of the Third Round tie, which will be live streamed on BluesTV.

Odin Bailey has been sidelined for a number of weeks and is not expected to make it.

"We will take a strong squad with us, we're all good to go, we're looking forward to it," said Spooner.