Nottingham Forest defender Alex Iacovitti hopes Thursday night’s FA Youth Cup match against Liverpool will be a similar occasion to Tottenham last season – but with a different outcome.Forest host the Premier League giants in the fifth-round of the prestigious competition, hoping to reach the same stage in which they bowed out against Spurs a year ago.
More than 4,000 supporters attended that match and, with that experience behind the likes of him, Ryan Yates, Adam Crookes, Gerry McDonagh and Tom Gamblen, Iacovitti expects an even more competitive display against Liverpool.
He told Forest Player HD: “We’re much better prepared. We’ve not gone into too much detail. If we play our normal game I don’t know why we can’t go through to the next round.
“We were buzzing to draw Liverpool because it’s a new challenge. They’re a great team – a great club – but we’re not going to just let them play.
“They’ve got some great players but we don’t fear them. We are ready to go.”
For second-year scholar Iacovitti, the match carries extra importance.
He said: “This is the last season I’ll be able to play in the Youth Cup so hopefully we can progress to the next round and see how far we can go.
“Playing at The City Ground is always a big moment for me. I like it here – it’s our home turf.
“Hopefully there’ll be a decent crowd. The boys would love it because this only comes round once a year.”
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