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Cadamarteri Aims For Pilgrims Progress

Clarets out to avoid upset against giant-killing Plymouth Argyle

5 January 2018

Danny Cadamarteri is determined to avoid another giant-killing when the Clarets take on Plymouth Argyle in the FA Youth Cup at Turf Moor on Friday night (kick-off 7pm).

Argyle pulled off one of the biggest shocks the competition has ever seen when they knocked out Manchester City – finalists for each of the last three seasons – in round three.

The young Pilgrims won on penalties following a 0-0 draw with the twice-winners at Home Park to make it into the last 32.

Burnley booked their place in round four by beating Leeds United 1-0 and youth coach Cadamarteri doesn’t want his side to become the second Premier League club to go out at the hands of a team sitting in the bottom half of the Football League’s South West Youth Alliance.

“I think it puts a big stir around Academy football. It’s that same kind of projection of the magic of the cup as in the senior level, where anything can happen,” Cadamarteri – a Youth Cup winner with Everton in 1998 – told Clarets Player HD.

“Plymouth put in hard work, resilience and organisation and got a result off the back of it.

Jordan Cropper's goal took Burnley past Leeds United in round three

“We are well aware that Manchester City went out in that kind of situation and we don’t want to be another club that suffers a scalping.

“We will go into the game with it being probably one of the only games this season where we’ve been favourites.But we want to go in and do a job and put in a performance to win a game.”

Plymouth - coached by Kevin Hodges, Argyle’s record appearance-maker and former first-team manager - have also beaten Eastleigh and AFC Wimbledon during their run and have won their last three games in all competitions.

The Clarets – third in the northern division of the U18 Professional Development League – have won four on the spin.

John Townson led the Clarets in the last round but Danny Cadamarteri will be back on duty on Friday night

The last of those was the cup victory over Leeds at the end of November and Cadamarteri’s side hasn’t played since due to the bad weather in December and the Christmas break.

But he has a full-strength squad to select from – apart from injured goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park – and believes the players and staff have put in enough work on the training ground to try and capitalise on a number of shock results and progress further in a competition which saw Burnley reach the last four in 2012 following a sole success back in 1968.

“We are under no illusion. It’s going to be a tough game. It’s a very resolute group we are going to play against, but we have to back ourselves to go out and put in a performance,” added Cadamarteri.

“I have said to the boys, and looked at the results from the last round, and a couple of the big hitters have already gone out.

“Man City are out, Man Utd have gone out and in the next round Liverpool or Arsenal will go out, because they play each other, so there are some really big teams who have already gone out of the competition.

“Our primary focus is to make sure we are in the draw for the next round and just try and have as long a run in this competition as possible.”

The Bob Lord Stand will be open for the game. Turnstiles 5, 6 and 7 will open at 6 p.m.

However, tickets must be purchased from the ticket office before entering through the turnstiles.

Supporters are requested to purchase using cash, rather than credit cards.

Prices are £4 for adults, £2 for Under 18’s and Over 65’s. Season ticket holders from both sides will pay £1 for a ticket on production of their season ticket for this season.

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