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BUCKMAN HAPPY WITH YOUTH CUP PROGRESS

14 January 2017

The Albion under-18s boss was pleased to go through.


Brighton & Hove Albion under-18s' coach Ian Buckman was delighted to progress to the FA Youth Cup fifth round, and praised his team for their persistence in their 2-0 victory over Cambridge United.

The Seagulls overcame the U’s thanks to second-half goals from Aaron Connolly and Danny Cashman, and Buckman was pleased with the game management shown by his players.

He said, “I’m very pleased; we were expecting a tough game and it was certainly that. They’re a good side and we knew they’d be well organised.

“We didn’t move the ball quick enough in the first half and we needed to make them work harder to contain us. So we came out second half, tried to play that bit quicker and stretch the game.

“We started to open up some more space and that allowed us to create some more chances. They’re a good side, so we had to remain patient and disciplined in what we did.

“It was important to keep our defensive discipline. We felt that if we could keep moving the ball well, we’d get the chances and thankfully we did.”

Buckman’s young side returned to the Amex to play under the floodlights after beating Derby County in the third round, and the Albion coach believes it’s been a beneficial experience for the team.

“It’s fantastic. As part of our academy programme, all the young players get to play here and it’s really useful for us that they gain from these experiences.

“When these big nights come around, they’ve had a taste of it before. It’s a little bit different when it’s a more competitive competition, and those experiences certainly help.

“It’s something they can savour, enjoy and really make the most of. They’ve had a couple of really good nights here at the Amex.”

Albion will travel to Stoke City in the fifth round of the competition, and although Buckman expects a tough game against the Potters, he wants his players to feed off their recent run of positive results.

“They’re a good side, we’ve tried to not think about it too much because we wanted to keep our focus on this game, but now we can look ahead.

“Stoke have had a couple of very impressive wins, they’re a good side and we know that any game away from home will be a big challenge.

“But the boys have been on a good run and have momentum, so hopefully they have confidence in what we do. We’ll take that into the next round and give it everything we’ve got.”

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