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ATAY ON YOUTH CUP TEST

27 March 2021

"It's about what we can do but we also have to be able to adapt to what challenges Swindon present"

Town U18s manager Adem Atay said today's game with Swindon in the FA Youth Cup will be very different to the third round tie in which they overcame Fulham 3-2.

The young Blues head into today's fourth round meeting at Portman Road as favourites, having been underdogs in the previous round when they produced a stunning second-half performance to come from behind and beat Fulham.

"Last time we were probably viewed as the underdogs, but today that's not the case. We must respect Swindon," Adem told the Club website.

"The message to our players is to treat every game the same, it doesn't matter what the badge looks like. Once the game starts there are 22 players on the pitch who should all be up for it. Today is a different challenge for us so we must be ready.

"The mentalitiy that we showed in the second half against Fulham was great so we will be looking at that as an example. All of these matches that are thrown up in the Youth Cup are different to what we have in our league programme.

"It's about what we can do but we also have to be able to adapt to what challenges Swindon present. It's an opportunity for the lads involved and we want to get the job done."

Should Town beat Swindon this afternoon, they will face either Swansea or Middlesbrough away from home in the fifth round, with the winner of that tie then taking on either Peterborough, Sheffield United or Bristol City at home in the quarter-finals.

Kick-off today is at 2pm.


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