Menu

Steve Spooner: Players are primed and ready to go ahead of FA Youth Cup tie

Blues Under-18s will be looking to repeat their Bury success.
Blues Under-18s will be looking to repeat their Bury success.

A really big feature of this team is their team spirit and their desire to work for one another.

Steve Spooner

Steve Spooner says his young players are relishing the opportunity to test themselves again when they travel to Norwich City on Tuesday evening for their FA Youth Cup quarter final tie against the Canaries.

The game is being staged at Carrow Road (7pm kick-off), with a semi-final place against Fulham or Chelsea at stake for the winners of tomorrow night's encounter.

Blues reached the sixth round of this season's prestigious youth football competition with victories over Bristol City, Sheffield United and Bury.

Meanwhile, Norwich overcame Leicester City, Derby County and Newcastle United in the earlier rounds.

Blues’ Lead Professional Development Coach Spooner has been pleased with the way his team have improved during their cup run.

"They've definitely grown into the competition,” he said

"In the first game at Bristol City, the players showed a few nerves and were a bit jittery.

"But against Sheffield United and Bury they composed themselves when we were under pressure.

"A really big feature of this team is their team spirit and their desire to work for one another.

"That was really epitomised when Bury scored their goal and we came under a lot of pressure.

"They dug in and got blocks on and they found one another very well.

"Whatever level they go on to play at, that will always serve them in good stead." 

Whilst Spooner is confident in his own players' abilities, he is fully aware of the threat that Norwich pose; particularly in attack.

"I expect it to be a tight game," said Spooner.

"Norwich are very strong and competitive up front.

"They've got a lot of pace and power, so that's a real feature of their play.

"We've got to guard against it and make sure the boys are aware of that.

"But the boys have been very relaxed and confident in training.

"They're focused and looking forward to getting the game underway.

"It's a great experience for them again playing in another new stadium and for them to get into the quarter final of the FA Youth Cup you've got to applaud them."

Blues will be travelling across to East Anglia on the day of the game because Spooner feels it is an option that has served them well so far.

"The travelling distance is not a concern," he said.

"We're just trying to keep it as we have been doing all along where every game we've played we've been there and back on the same day.

"We'll travel up earlier in the day and have a stopover on the way for half an hour to stretch their legs and that and have a cup of coffee.

"Sometimes if you go up the night before sometimes, they get more nervous.

"We looked at the pros and cons and thought they'd be better off in their own beds and travel up together on the day." 

Share