Albion's under-18 coach looks ahead to tonight's FA Youth Cup tie.
Brighton & Hove Albion under-18s’ coach Ian Buckman says his side are heading into tonight’s FA Youth Cup tie against Cambridge United with good momentum.
Buckman’s team beat Derby County 2-0 in round three to set up a fourth round Amex meeting with Cambridge, who caused a surprise by knocking out Bournemouth in the last round.
He said, “Everybody’s looking forward to the game and Cambridge are a good side that will pose us with a tough challenge.
“They’ve beaten some good teams including the likes of Bournemouth, so we know they’ve got quality in the team.
“We’ve had a good run of results in recent weeks, and it’s given the lads confidence in what we do.
“But ultimately in the cup, it’s a one-off game and we know it will be very tough. We need to maintain our good standards and hopefully the performance will follow.”
The under-18s’ coach says lessons have been learned from the victory over Derby in round three, and says his side need to be clinical when goalscoring opportunities come.
“We had a lot of chances last time round, and the games we play at this level means there are a lot of good sides and the games are generally tight.
"We need to take our chances when they come, but there needs to be a good defensive base as well.
“For all the fans that can get to the game, I would say that we fully appreciate their support and it meant a lot to the lads last time round.
“Hopefully their backing can lead to another positive evening.”