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ATAY | WE WANT TO PLAY THE GAME, NOT THE OCCASION

30 April 2021

"They're a good club and on the night they'll fancy themselves, as will we - that should make for an exciting encounter"

Adem Atay hopes his side can focus on the task at hand rather than the occasion when Sheffield United visit Portman Road in the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup this evening.

The young Blues are the only EFL outfit remaining in the competition, with the seven other clubs all having senior sides currently in the Premier League.

Town began their Youth Cup journey in the first round and have beaten Southend, Chelmsford, Fulham, Swindon and Middlesbrough so far.

Victory over the Blades would set up a home tie with either Liverpool or Arsenal in the final four.

"The lads are excited," Adem, Town U18s manager, told the Club website.

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"They're all looking forward to the game, as is everyone at the Club. It's a great opportunity for them to show their ability and talent to a wider audience.

"We're hoping that the players can embrace the opportunity and give everything they've got to win the game. There's a fantastic team spirit and unity here, and the lads have shown that to make it to this stage of the competition.

"This one is going to be a very tough game, we know that. They're a good club and on the night they'll fancy themselves, as will we - that should make for an exciting encounter.

"The boys know they can't play to the occasion, though. They need to stick to the process and play the game; play to win a football match. Yes they understand what is at stake, but if they focus on that then it serves as a distraction and then they won't focus on the task.

"We've prepared well and we're the only club still in the competition that has been in it since round one - hopefully our experiences to get this far help us. We're looking forward to it."

This evening's quarter-final kicks off at 5pm, with a live stream available here.

A match report, highlights and post-match reaction will also be posted on the Club website this evening.

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