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FA Youth Cup preview: Wigan Athletic v City U18s

  • 31 January 2016 16:02
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City U18s travel to the DW Stadium on Tuesday to take on Wigan Athletic in the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup, 7pm kick off (GMT).

Jason Wilcox’s side will be hoping to continue their fine form to make it seven wins in a row in all competitions.

The U18s will be in high in confidence ahead of the game after beating Manchester United in the Academy Derby on 27 January to strengthen their place at the top of the Barclays U18 Premier League North Division.

The young Blues reached the Fifth Round by beating Portsmouth and Leeds United in the Third and Fourth Round respectively and will be looking to reach the Quarter Final come 9pm on Tuesday.

City progressed against Pompey with a 2-1 win, Lukas Nmecha and Brahim Diaz with the goals, before overcoming Leeds 5-2 at Elland Road with Nmecha grabbing a brace in that game.

Speaking ahead of the game, defender Charlie Oliver told mcfc.co.uk that he believes the squad has what it takes to go all the way this season, but warns of not underestimating the opposition.

“With the team that we’ve got, I think we can go all the way and do one better than last season. It’s about managing ourselves correctly and playing how we know we can play.

“We can’t underestimate the opposition and not thinking we’re too good for the teams we’re coming up against.

“Wigan away will be a tough fixture so we will have to apply ourselves properly. It will be a battle for us.

“It’s a great experience to play at stadiums where stars of the Premier League have played in the past at Portsmouth, Leeds and Wigan. It’s a good experience, but the main focus is getting far in the competition.”

Manager Jason Wilcox has also had his say on the game, telling mcfc.co.uk: “We would have preferred a home draw, but we’ll take each game as it comes.

“We don’t know much about Wigan so it will be an interesting game. Sometimes you have to overcome difficult games, that’s what we had against Leeds and it’ll be the same again at Wigan.

“It will be a tough game on paper, a physical contest. When I shape the team up we look as though we’ve got some physically presence ourselves, which is really important.

“We’ve got players who can play, but we’ve also got players who can mix it up in the middle to do both sides of the game.”

Wigan reached the fifth round by defeating Derby County, a team in City’s league, 1-0 at the DW Stadium, having also claimed victories over York City, Lincoln City and Stevenage in earlier rounds. 

The Latics are also doing well in their domestic league and currently top the Football League Youth Alliance North West Division by four points after beating Burnley 3-0 at the weekend.

Tickets for the 7pm kick off at Wigan’s DW Stadium are priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for concessions.

We’ll have coverage of the game from the DW Stadium on our Twitter account, @MCFC, as well as a report and reaction on mcfc.co.uk shortly after full time.

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