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N'Guessan Up For The Cup

U23s midfielder Christian N'Guessan eyeing Premier League Cup glory

3 October 2019

Steve Stone's U23 side travel to Middlesbrough on Sunday in their opening Premier League Cup group match, at Bishop Auckland's Heritage Park.

The Clarets currently remain unbeaten in 2019/20 in all competitions (nine matches), after extending the run on Monday at Bramall Lane in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

And central-midfielder Christian N’Guessan admits the group are relishing to play in the Premier League Cup once again, for the fourth season running and will be aiming for all three points in the opening group G fixture.

N’Guessan said: “We have started the season really well and there isn’t any games we go into thinking we can’t win.

“At the beginning of the season all the lads were waiting to see who we got in the draw, we are all excited for it and all glad that it has finally come around.

“To extend the unbeaten run to 10 matches in all competitions would be nice as well, so we will be hoping to keep that run going and hopefully get a win.

“So, all the lads are looking forward to it and it’s a great competition to be involved in once again.”

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Christian N'Guessan in action against Charlton Athletic last month

Last season, Stone’s side reached the quarter-finals, before losing to Leeds United at the Barnfield Training Centre and the year before Michael Duff’s side failed to progress out of the group stages in 2018.

However, former Blackpool midfielder N’Guessan believes the team has developed hugely in the past two seasons and that there is no reason Stone’s side can’t go all the way this season in the competition.

“The side has definitely got stronger in the past couple of seasons that I have been here, obviously we got the quarter-final’s last year and lost, whereas the year before we failed to get out the groups.

“So, this year it would be nice to maybe push to the final and potentially win it.

“We have a very strong squad this year with a lot of competition, so I would like to think we can progress quite far.

“Everyone gets on really well, I think that is playing as a factor to us doing so well this season, there is no divide in the group or ‘bad eggs’ as they say.”

The match kicks off at 1:00pm at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park, live updates will be available on Twitter throughout the match, followed by report and reaction.

Admission price: £3.00

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