U18s manager looks ahead to tonight's FA Youth Cup tie..
RICHARD WALKER says the players and staff are eagerly anticipating this evening’s FA Youth Cup tie against Everton at the bet365 Stadium (7.00pm).
The young Potters play host to the Toffees in the fourth round of the prestigious competition following a dramatic victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
The youngsters found themselves 2-0 at Hillsborough in the previous round with nine minutes to go before staging a remarkable turnaround in South Yorkshire.
Abdoulaye Toure, James Jennings and Daniel Malone all struck in the space of four minutes to claim victory from the jaws of defeat and set up this evening’s tie.
Walker hopes that as many supporters as possible come to support the boys and is hopeful that his side will put on a display that will impress the watching spectators.
“There is a lot of excitement amongst the whole group, both players and staff,” the 38-year-old revealed to stokecityfc.com.
“It’s a good draw in the sense that it is against one of the stronger academies in the country and it’ll be played in front of our own crowd.
“In my experience here the supporters have always come down and supported the team in the FA Youth Cup.
“I think it will be a nice evening and hopefully the fans come and watch a group of players they can resonate with.
“The boys are predominately based in the local area, Stoke City fans and know what the community is about.
“The players will feed off the supporters and hopefully the fans who come down will be surprised with the performance and energy levels of the lads.”
He added: “For many of the boys it will be the pinnacle of their careers so far. I’m expecting them to embrace it and enjoy the occasion at a stadium I’m sure they have all been looking forward to playing at and in front of a decent crowd."