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Ryan Stirk - Our strength comes from our unity

Ryan Stirk
Ryan Stirk

We've got a goalscoring threat throughout the side, our strikers have been on top form and scoring loads of goals in the league, and as a team we are as well.

Ryan Stirk

Blues will be heading into their FA Youth Cup Semi-Final against Chelsea with plenty of confidence, according to midfielder Ryan Stirk.

Blues host the holders in their Semi-Final First Leg tie at St. Andrew's on Wednesday 4 April (7pm kick-off).

Whilst Chelsea are arguably the best side left in this season's competition, Wales Under-19 international Stirk insists that Blues 'won't be scared' by the test facing Blues against their illustrious London opponents.

"We've definitely improved as the season has gone on," said the 17-year-old.

"The unity we have is great throughout the squad and the staff.  Everybody is willing to help each other to get to where we want to be.

"As we always do, we're focusing on our game plan and how we're going to set-up and play against Chelsea.

"Of course we'll have a look at them and see what sort of side they are and how they play and prepare for them, but we're more focused on us.

"We know they're a very good side who haven't conceded in the Youth Cup, but we won't be scared of them."

A crowd of several thousand is hoped for at St. Andrew's and Stirk says it will be an atmosphere the players will relish playing in.

"We're all looking forward to playing at St. Andrew's in front of a crowd," he continued.

"Hopefully we can get a couple of thousand fans in there and it will be a good atmosphere.

"It will be nice to play on such a good pitch as well.

"With it being a two-legged tie, we know we've got to try and stay in the tie after the First Leg, whether it's winning or drawing.

"But we've got a goalscoring threat throughout the side, our strikers have been on top form and scoring loads of goals in the league, and as a team we are as well.

"It's a massive opportunity for us to pit ourselves against one of the best teams in the country.

"It's a challenge we're looking forward to and hopefully we can get the right result."

Tickets for the game are priced at just £1 for both adults and concessions to encourage as many supporters as possible to come along and show their support for the next generation of Blues players.

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