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BUCKMAN PREPARED FOR CAMBRIDGE TEST

13 January 2017

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.

He also encouraged Albion fans to come along and show their support for his side.
 
“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.”

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