Captain Kennedy in derby warning
- 30 September 2011 13:58
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
City’s Under-18 skipper Kieran Kennedy confesses that his team-mates can barely contain their excitement ahead of tomorrow's away derby.
But Kennedy, who featured in both last season's clashes - a 2-2 draw at Platt Lane and a 6-1 away defeat - warns that it is vital the young Blues keep their focus going into the game.
He admits: "Last season’s scoreline played on everybody’s minds and still does. We were all distraught. But we’ve got to concentrate on the game and do what we know we can do.
"We need to keep our good start to the season going. A derby is tricky. I tend to get much more excited about it, and there’s definitely more of a buzz in the week leading up to the derby.
“The lads have been talking about the game for weeks and we’re all looking forward to it. We’ve been training intensely, passing it about a lot and just working very hard.
We’re top of the League and doing well as a team. I feel like I’ve found a bit more form so hopefully I can carry on from here
Centre-back Kennedy, a regular for England Under-19s, added: “I joined the Academy when I was five. I feel like I’ve grown up here and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“My main aim is to work hard, progress, and hopefully become part of the first team. Being a local lad, I think that would be great and such an achievement.
"When I go to Carrington and see players such as David Silva and Sergio Aguero walking around, it makes me want it even more and drives me on to work harder.”