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Smith: We'll show Maidstone respect

5 November 2013

Youth skipper says Blues will give Maidstone the respect they deserve this evening in the FA Youth Cup

Ted Smith says Blues will pay Maidstone United every respect in tonight’s FA Youth Cup tie at Roots Hall.

The under-18’s face Maidstone tonight for the right to progress to round two of the FA Youth Cup, and while Blues are above their opposition in the youth pyramid, Smith says they’ll still have to be at their best.

He said: “It’s good that the game is at Roots Hall. We all want to play at Roots Hall as we’re coming through the youth team so it’s a great occasion.

“We went to watch Maidstone in the last round against Sutton and while Sutton weren’t the best, Maidstone played some good football.

“We will show them the respect they deserve but I’m confident we can win the game because we’re in good form at the moment.

“We have set ourselves a target of the third round and we don’t want to go out at the first round this time around, so it’s a big game for us.”

Ted is also looking forward to leading the side out, having been named youth captain for this season.

He added: “I’m really looking forward to walking out at Roots Hall as captain, there should be a good atmosphere and we’ll be playing in front of a lot more people than we usually do.

“You only ever get two chances, maybe three, at doing well in the FA Youth Cup in your whole career, so you always want to make the most of it.

“We come into the game off the back of one defeat in eight and a win against Crawley Town on Friday, so we’re full of confidence.

“We’ve got quite a lot of first years so I’ll be there for them as captain in the build up to the game and will try to guide them as much as I can on the pitch.”

Tickets for tonight’s game are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Kick-off is 7:30pm at Roots Hall.

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