Stevenage U18s well prepared for FA Youth Cup fourth-round

PUBLISHED: 13:53 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:53 11 January 2018

Stevenage's talented youngsters face Middlesbrough in the fourth-round of the FA Youth Cup

Stevenage's talented youngsters face Middlesbrough in the fourth-round of the FA Youth Cup

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Stevenage U18s coach Jorden Gibson believes his side are well prepared for their FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie tonight.

Middlesbrough U18s visit the Lamex as Boro’s youngsters look to continue their impressive cup run after beating Luton Town, Bromley and Fleetwood Town to reach this stage.

Gibson told the club’s official website that his players appear focused ahead of the big game.

“It has been a good couple of days, we have been training yesterday and this morning and the boys seem really focused,” he said

“It is the FA Youth Cup, everyone loves the competition. However, we have done what we have done every single round before and tried to prepare as if it was a league fixture and three points are up for grabs.

“There is a bit of added spice as it’s an opposition that are coming down from a different league that we haven’t faced before and from a different category, so it should be an exciting tie.

“We went up on the Thursday after the Fleetwood game and we watched them. We have done our analysis and they are a good side, there is no question about that.

“There has been quite a lot of interest so hopefully we will have a decent crowd there.

“The main thing I ask them to do is to just be themselves. We as a staff don’t want them doing anything different and if they can do that, we will be pleased and proud regardless.”

Following Ben Wilmot’s impressive display for the first-team in Boro’s FA Cup third-round draw with Reading, Gibson revealed that the centre-back may not be available for the U18s.

“It is still open,” he said.

“It will depend on what the first-team manager requires for Saturday because ultimately it is about getting players in the first-team.

“He is now there and if he is to stay there, then fair play to him, if he is to come down, great.

“He did very well (against Reading). We are watching from the stands and we aren’t nervous because we know what Ben can do.

“I am really pleased for him and so are the boys.”

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