Anderson: Treat It Like Any Other Game
John Anderson wants his Hull City Under-18s side to treat tonight’s FA Youth Cup tie at the KCOM Stadium 'like any other game'.
The Young Tigers host Cardiff City in the third round of the prestigious knock-out competition under the KCOM floodlights, ensuring a very different stage to what the Under-18s are used to at their usual base at Bishop Burton College. However, Anderson insists the Tigers' approach and preparations ahead of the tie haven't altered.
"The FA Youth Cup is a unique competition," he said. "There’s always a lot of excitement around the FA Youth Cup each year and to have a game at the KCOM Stadium makes it all the more special.
"You can see from the players in the last few days that there’s a very different vibe amongst the lads.
"A few of the lads have played there for the Under-23s but for some, this will be the first time. We’ve got a lot of local boys so it will mean a lot to them.
"They’ll be playing at a professional stadium which is something they’ve all grown up dreaming about. We know it’s a big occasion and they’re all excited but it’s important they play like it’s just another game - that's the way we've prepared for it.
"Cardiff are top of the southern section and will probably be favourites going into the game. We played them earlier on in the season and they beat us 3-1 - they were deserved winners that day.
"We are at home though and that’s all you can ask for in any Cup competition. Hopefully, the fans will turn up in their numbers and get behind the boys.
“No doubt it will be another tough test for the lads but we go into the tie with the belief we can get the win. We know we can raise our game but we have to do the basics right."