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FA Youth Cup action at The City Ground on Tuesday

15 January 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 18s continue their FA Youth Cup campaign when they welcome Leicester City to The City Ground on Tuesday night (kick-off 7pm).

The Reds defeated Swindon Town in the third round before Christmas, with a 3-1 win at The County Ground sealing their spot in the fourth round of the competition.

Leicester required extra time to overcome Portsmouth in their third-round tie, defeating Pompey 2-1 at Fratton Park, to set up Tuesday night’s clash.

The winners of the game will face either Blackburn Rovers or Watford in the fifth round, with that game being played on Wednesday night.

Tickets

Admission is priced at £4 for adults and £1 for concessions and tickets can now be purchased but only in-person or via the booking line (0115 982 4388).

The Peter Taylor Stand will be the only stand open for this game, and tickets must be purchased from the ticket office prior to entering the stadium. There is no pay-on-the-gate option available.

Holmes on Youth Cup

Under 18s’ lead coach Gareth Holmes is looking forward to the challenge posed by Leicester City on Tuesday night.

He said: “We have done our homework on Leicester with them being local to us. We know what they are about; we play them through all the different age groups but the only ones we haven’t played them at this season is at 18s and 23s.

“We are very aware of the strengths that they have and what they will bring on the night and we are looking forward to the game.”

Holmes was delighted with his side’s performance in the 3-1 win over Swindon in round three, with goals from Riley Harbottle, Arvin Appiah and Luke McCormick securing their passage through at The County Ground.

“I was immensely proud of the boys in the way that they came together,” he added. “It is important to have individuals but at the end of the day, football is a team sport and you have to unite together and have a game plan as a collective.

“That then allows the individuals to shine and all of the boys were excellent in the way that they conducted themselves and a really positive performance came out of it.”

The Under 18s this season have gained plenty of experience at playing in higher age groups, with many stepping up to represent the Under 23s side already and many first-year scholars featuring on a regular basis for the 18s.

The FA Youth Cup gives youngsters the opportunity to gain further experience by playing at first-team stadiums and Holmes knows his side will relish the chance to step out onto The City Ground pitch.

He said: “That is what everyone dreams of, when they are playing on parks and at grassroots level. You want to play in stadiums and that is what the ambition is.

“To go to Swindon just before Christmas was excellent and a great experience for the boys, and The City Ground is a tremendous arena. The aim is to go out against Leicester City, have a great night and give it a really good go.

“It would be great to go further than last year’s fourth-round appearance. The longer you go in the tournament the more benefit it will have to the players.

“It is all about development and learning and the more times they get to play at stadiums and in front of fans the better as that is obviously where they want to be long term. The more exposure they get to that, the better.” 


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