U23s boss previews Premier League Cup tie...
KEVIN RUSSELL says it will be important his U23 side do not underestimate Charlton Athletic when the two sides meet in the Premier League Cup this afternoon.
The Potters are enjoying a rich vein of form heading into the clash, having won three of their last five matches in all competitions, scoring 15 goals in the process.
While the Addicks may be operating in a division below the Potters, they too enter the tie in a positive frame of mind with a three match unbeaten run against Bristol City, Coventry City and Ipswich Town.
Speaking to stokecityfc.com in the build up to the game at the DGS Marine Stadium (1.00pm), Russell says he is fully aware of the threat that Athletic will pose given his own past experiences.
“Charlton have always managed to produce players from their academy system,” the former Potters midfielder expressed.
“Ever since I can remember as a kid you always knew playing against them that you would be in for a difficult test.
“They manage to pick up good players in South London and we know it will be a really tough game on Thursday."
The Potters won their first group game in this season’s competition against Peterborough United last month courtesy of a tight 3-2 victory at Harrison Park.
The Addicks meanwhile slipped to a 2-0 defeat up in the North East against fellow League One club Sunderland.
Today’s meeting will represent the first time both teams have come face-to-face since the group stage of last season’s competition, when each side picked up a win apiece.