"The team spirit and camaraderie within the group is huge. We all work for each other, we all fight for each other and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for any of our teammates"
Town U18s captain Fraser Alexander has highlighted the importance of team spirit in reaching the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup.
Adem Atay's side host Liverpool at Portman Road this evening vying for a place in the final, the 6pm kick-off being televised by BT Sport 1.
The young Blues have had to deal with more than their fair share of adversity in progressing to the final four, coming from 2-0 down to beat Fulham and scoring late in normal time and again in extra-time to beat Sheffield United in the quarter-final.
Fraser heaped praise on his teammates for their achievements this term.
"We’ve played some really good teams and had some really good performances," he told iFollow Ipswich.
"We’ve shown huge amounts of character and belief. We never gave up in any of the games. Every game has thrown up a different challenge but all of the boys have shown some fight, some character or determination to go on and win the game no matter what the situation was.
"The team spirit and camaraderie within the group is huge. We all work for each other, we all fight for each other and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for any of our teammates.
"The whole team is one massive group, there’s no players that don’t feel a part of it. We’ve had players play with the U23s and a couple have made first-team appearances but whenever they come and play with the U18s, there’s as much as a part of the group as anyone else.
"It’s brilliant to be the captain of the team but there’s so many characters and captains in the team who don’t have the armband. Each member of the team plays a massive part and we’ve got leaders throughout the side."
Tonight's Liverpool tie presents Town with their toughest proposition yet, having already knocked out two category one sides en route to the final four.
While proud of his and his side's achievements, Fraser says that the players are determined for the journey not to end just yet.
"It’ll be a really tough game but it’s one we’re all excited for. I don’t think it was expected for us to come this far. We’re a category two team so getting all the way to the semis is a massive achievement and one we’re all really proud of. The boys talk about it in training and we don’t want to stop, we’re keen to beat Liverpool and go to the final."
More details about how to watch Town U18s take on Liverpool can be found here.
Tonight's tie is sponsored by Magnus Group.
Town U18s are sponsored by Britton Group.