“It’s a big night for Chester and a big night for us, in a way it’s our cup final as well,” said coach Alex. “A lot of our players haven’t had the experience of playing in a competition like this and in a one-off game, anything can happen.
“We’re expecting Chester to be very competitive, they are a good side full of very industrious players with no little quality. We have to make sure if we have any advantages we make them count on the night but we know it will be a very tough game.”
Once again, Alex stressed that although the FA Youth Cup is seen as the glamour competition at youth level – mainly because many ties are played at Clubs’ home grounds and the final is televised – he wants to see consistency across the board.
“Whether you get another Academy side or a club lower down the league an away tie is always a tough test,” he said.
“We are all focused on the league though. We want to do a lot better in the league this season and put together a team that is consistent over the course of the season rather than be great one game and bad the next.
“We want opposition teams to know what they are going to get from Tottenham rather than ranging between brilliant and mediocre.
“If we are consistent, a decent run in the FA Youth Cup should go hand in hand with it. That’s the theory, but as we all know, football doesn’t always work like that!”
Many would see Wednesday night’s FA Youth Cup tie as Chester City’s big night - but Alex Inglethorpe insists it's just as big a deal for our Under-18s.We travel to the Saunders Honda Stadium for a third round tie kicking-off at 7pm following Chester’s victory over York in a round two replay.