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Spurs vs Wolves (FAYC) - Kieran's preview

Posted on 22 January 2015  - 11:02

Our Under-18s resume their FA Youth Cup challenge this evening against Wolves – and coach Kieran McKenna is anticipating another tough match-up.


But he’s hoping his team will settle quickly back into their normal surroundings having spent quite a bit of time overseas in the last month at tournaments in the USA and Malaysia.

The lads enjoyed warmer climes when they competed in the IMG Cup in Florida before Christmas followed by the Frenz Under-18 International Cup early in the New Year in the Far East.

They won the IMG Cup, beating US side Black Rock 1-0 in the final, before exiting the Malaysian tournament at the quarter-final stage after a 4-2 defeat to Porto.

Competing in different environments against teams from various continents has been great experience for the players, but now the focus is very much back on domestic issues.

We made a great start to this season’s FA Youth Cup last month, beating Blackburn Rovers 4-1 in the third round thanks to a hat-trick from Ismail Azzaoui and one from Josh Onomah, while Wolves overcame Rotherham United 2-1.

The tie will take place at Dagenham & Redbridge’s ground, kicking-off at 7pm, and Kieran is hopeful his side can progress to book a home game against Manchester United in the fifth round.

“We played Wolves last year and they always give us a tough game, they’re usually very organised, set up well and are a physically strong team as well,” said our Under-18s Coach.

“Obviously we haven’t played them this year, but they had a good result in the last round and they are doing well in their league. I’m sure they will come down here and try to give us a really tough game.

“It’s a challenge for us in that we are coming off the back of two tours that were fantastic experiences for the boys. But they were also played in warm climates on different types of surfaces to what we’re playing on.

“So this week has been about adjusting quickly to the conditions here again – the temperature, the surfaces, speed of the play and to the type of game I’m sure Wolves are going to bring. The boys have had the week to adapt so hopefully they can hit their stride very quickly in the game.

“If we start as well as we did against Blackburn in the last round, then we’ll be happy.”

We’ll have live coverage of the game on Twitter @SpursOfficial, along with a full report here on afterwards.