Walker Hails Potters Youngsters

Richard Walker

UNDER-18s boss Richard Walker says teams in the FA Youth Cup should be wary of his side following last night's 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, writes Matty Perry.

After being two down by the 71st minute, the Potters scored three inside four minutes thanks to goals from Abdoulaye Toure, James Jennings and substitute Daniel Malone to book their place in the fourth round.

And despite Walker acknowledging that it was not their best performance, he believes his youngsters have a knack of finding ways to win.

“By no stretch of the imagination were we at our best tonight, there is a lot more to come from the boys but they do not lie down,” he said.

“We had this at Southampton, 2-0 down in the Premier League Cup and went on to win 3-2.

“We had no right to qualify from the Premier League Cup on Saturday and then we win 6-1 against Reading, and tonight they found a way again.

“They have a spirit about them, look at the equaliser, the sheer desire to fizz the ball across the goal and the defender running back towards his own goal puts it in his net.

“From that point, there was only ever one winner. We looked fitter, we looked sharper and we had a massive amount of resilience."

He added: "I can guarantee that there will be no team in the competition that will want to play us.”

City's youngsters will now face high-flying Everton in the next round, and while Walker expects them to be tricky customers, he is confident in his own side's ability to pull off another result.

“We have Everton coming to the bet365 Stadium next and they will be tough opposition,” he added. “They are riding very high in the league and scoring a lot of goals.

“We are capable of a better performance than we showed tonight, so if you add that to the desire and the fitness of the team, we will be a match for anyone.”