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Youths Eye Cup Glory

11 December 2014

The U18 Youth Team enter the FA Youth Cup on Thursday (7pm kick-off) when they make the trip to AFC Wimbledon for the Third Round fixture.


And after masterminding several memorable cup runs in previous seasons, Professional Development Phase Lead Coach Terry Pashley is looking forward to this year’s competition.


He said: “When the cup comes around, you are all looking forward to it and always hope for a good run.


“It is a little different this year because in previous seasons we have had tough fixtures. This year we have been given a fixture that people might expect us to win.


“There is a different kind of expectation with the cup this year but this is the biggest competition around for these boys at this age, so we will all be doing our best to have another run.”


Wimbledon entered the tournament two stages ago, beating Fakenham Town on their own patch 7-0 in the First Round before knocking out Gillingham with a 2-1 victory the following stage.


Pashley added, “We have the DVD of the game they played in the previous round against Gillingham, so we know a little bit about them.


“We know, looking at their league table, that they haven’t had a great start to the season, but that means nothing as the game starts level and can be anybody’s, because we all know what the cup is like.”


The Clarets exited the competition at this stage last campaign, when they were defeated 2-0 at home to the most successful club in the competition,  10-time winners Manchester United.


Burnley, who won the competition themselves back in 1968, enjoyed an impressive run to the semi-final in 2012, when they overcame Boston, Ipswich Town, West Brom and Fulham before eventually losing in the last four to local rivals Blackburn Rovers.


Pashley reflected: “We had a good year a few years back where we came up against some stiff opposition and we overcame it.


“That run started at Boston and it got harder and harder as we progressed and it would be nice to emulate that, but we know we have to take it at one step at a time.”


The following year, Burnley memorably eliminated Manchester United at Old Trafford in a 4-3 win, where current U21 Development Squad forward Jason Gilchrist scored a hat-trick.


And Pashley knows what a cup run can do for the youngsters. He said: “It can build their confidence up and they all know that they could play against the top clubs like we have done in the past and do ourselves justice.


“It is a chance to compare yourself to others and in no disrespect to our games programme, when you come up against the Manchester City’s and United’s, it is a great way to compare your players.”


All of the Youth Team, including two injured players and some of the U16s, have travelled south using the first team coach in a rare treat.


Pashley explained: “The lads will realise when the trip has finished that that is how the first team get treated every time they go away.


“They have used the first team bus, stayed over in a nice hotel and have got everything the first team lads would have.


“It is just a little insight for them in hopefully what lies ahead for them. But they have got to realise too that they have to earn that right.”


“I thought it would have been wrong to not involve everybody and to leave people behind, especially through no fault of their own, so we have brought two injured lads along who won’t be featuring, plus three U16 boys who could be called upon.


“They are all here so they could all feel part of it instead of being left at home.”


Kick-off is 7pm tonight and you can follow live updates via Twitter @BurnleyOfficial, with a match report later in the evening on the official website.



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