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Perkins Pleased To Progress

JOHN PERKINS revealed he was pleased to progress to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening after an eventful game against Leyton Orient.

The Potters were made to work hard for their win and had to come from behind twice at the Weaver Stadium before winning the tie 5-4 in a penalty shootout.

Perkins spoke to after the game and couldn't hide his delight at the never-say-die attitude of his young side.

"The attitude and passion of the players was fantastic in the way that they responded to falling behind, especially in the first instance with just six minutes remaining of normal time," he said.

"It was a bit of a battle and they had to work hard for the win so great credit must go to the lads. They certainly gave everything they had to get the result we desired."

"We said before the game that the objective was to be in the hat for the next round and that's exactly what we've achieved.

"We may have had a bit of luck along the way, but why not, you need a bit of luck in cup competitions at times." 

The Under-18s boss was also pleased with the impact made by substitutes Charles Weston-Hayles and Johnville Rene-Pringle, before adding he wouldn't be adverse to an away draw in the next round.

"I thought when Charles and Johnville came on they added great pace to the side and a bit more freshness to us which helped to change the game," Perkins said.

"Personally I would prefer an away draw in the fourth round because I feel the lads tend to turn it on a little bit better away from home.

"At the same time though they need to learn to deal with the pressures of playing at the Britannia Stadium in front of senior staff and a big crowd."

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