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FA Youth Cup: City v Charlton Athletic

Dan Green: 'We back ourselves as well as a team, as an academy and as a club. We are looking forward to the opportunity.'

10 November 2017

Exeter City under-18 coach Dan Green is hoping that Grecian fans will turn out in high numbers next Tuesday as they take on Charlton Athletic in the second round of the FA Youth Cup.

The IP Office stand will be open for pay on the gate entry to the match with adults getting in for £5, seniors and students entering for £3 and under-18s going in for £1.

Last season City faced both MK Dons and Wigan Athletic at home in the competition and received great support, something that Green is hoping continues this time around.  

“Last year one of the most positive things to come out of the FA Youth Cup run was the backing that we got from the fans and the opportunity those supporters got to see the players putting in such hard work,” he said. “They could really see a group of young players who are desperate to succeed for this club.”

City currently top the Youth Alliance South West Division by two points and are unbeaten since the opening day of the season – a run of 13 matches. Therefore, Green says his players go into the match full of confidence but, also, aware of the threat Charlton pose.

“We are in a good place at the moment,” he said.  “The boys are playing well and they are looking forward to every game and the FA Youth Cup is no different.

“The biggest thing is we have got players who are playing well and working extremely hard.

“We are trying our best to prepare for every single game that we end up playing. We have got a lot of respect for Charlton. They are first and foremost a very productive academy.

"They are getting players in their first team and beyond and we have got a lot of respect for the work that they are doing. We have got no doubt that it will be a tough game on Tuesday but we also back ourselves as well as a team, as an academy and as a club. We are looking forward to the opportunity.”

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