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TRUEMAN HOPING TO CREATE MORE MEMORIES AGAINST STOKE

11 December 2019

Mark Trueman hopes he and his players are able create further memories, ahead of tomorrow's FA Youth Cup third-round visit of Stoke City. 

The Bantams' Under-18s welcome category-one opposition to the Utilita Energy Stadium, having secured a dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory at Carlisle United, in round three. 

City’s lead professional development coach claimed the cup run has offered vital experience for his youngsters, so far, is has welcomed this to continue. 

Trueman said: "It has been a great experience for the players, so far.

"The FA Youth Cup has been a unique test because we have come up against some talented teams like Stoke City - for example - who are a category one team. 

"It is also another good opportunity for our lads to play at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

"Hopefully, we can get a few supporters through the gates to give the players a real buzz, heading into the match.

"Games like this will stay in the players’ memories forever.

"In terms of the staff - like myself and Conor Sellars - it will be great to test ourselves as coaches and, hopefully, we can prepare the players as much as possible. 

"It is up to the players to go out there and put in a performance, and we are all really looking forward to hopefully doing so."

Despite the calibre of tomorrow's visitors, Trueman believes his side have the capability to cause another upset.

City are set to travel to either Chelsea or Huddersfield Town in the fourth round - should they overcome the Potters.

The young Bantams boss has been using the prospect of a trip to Stamford Bridge to spur his Under-18s on, ahead of the encounter. 

He added: "If you look at our previous fixtures - such as Rochdale and Carlisle United - we have always been the underdogs, but have still gone through. 

"Obviously, we have another tough test in Stoke City - who are doing really well in their league and have international players to their disposal. 

"However, we are not going into the game defeated. We will go in with a gameplan. Who knows what might happen?

"Should we win, it could be a game at Chelsea in the next round - which will be special.

"That has been on our minds and we have been using it as motivation for the game against Stoke.

"We could have the opportunity to pit oursleves against a side who have had a lot of recent success in this competition, in Chelsea. 

"The game will definitely be an incentive for the players to perform and, hopefully, we can go on and advance even further."

Supporters are asked to PAY ON THE GATE for tomorrow's game. CLICK HERE for full admission details. 


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