Youth Team Coach Danny Webb feels his players can take confidence from their recent form as they host Sholing at the Matchroom Stadium in the FA Youth Cup this evening (kick-off 7.30pm).
The O’s have already seen off Tower Hamlets, AFC Hornchurch and Biggleswade Town to reach this stage of the competition, and following Saturday’s 6-2 victory at Southend United Webb also stressed the importance of remaining professional in tonight’s Second Round tie.
“The performance from the weekend was of a very high standard and will certainly give the boys a lot of confidence going into the game against Sholing,” Webb told leytonorient.com.
“The FA Youth Cup is a fantastic competition, and one that we take very seriously. So far, we have been the favourites in the three games we have played prior to this stage, and we haven’t shown any arrogance or taken any of those teams for granted as they were stern tests.
“It is important that the boys show our opponents some respect and remain professional throughout, but also have confidence at the same time without getting carried away in order to give themselves a good chance of getting the result.”
When reflecting on Saturday’s victory at Southend, Webb was also keen to praise the maturity of his squad.
“I always try and compare any youth team game to a first team environment and the boys showed great maturity.
“We went to Southend who were joint top of the league and it was a case of being a bit more direct, hard to play against and doing the dirty work,” Webb explained.
“Even though we let in two goals, the defending was very mature and the boys are showing more and more professionalism with each week that goes by.”
In addition, Webb continued by expressing his delight at the defensive efforts which kept the O’s in front when the hosts looked like scoring most.
“The 6-2 scoreline didn’t flatter us, but Southend certainly didn’t give up the fight throughout the game.
“They kept on going for it and at youth football, you fear that once its 3-1 after 12 minutes the score could end 6-6, because although the lads are growing up fast they are still not at the age where you just expect them to see out games.
“One of the biggest things I bang on about is starting like your life depends on it and if you do that, you get a team on the back foot. Once you get that first goal and even a second goal, if they pull one back, you’re still on the ascendancy. They are taking that on board and recently we are getting that first goal which is extremely pleasing to see.”
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