Youngster desperate to set up a third-round tie with Swansea City
Winger Nico Cotton is looking forward to sampling the Roots Hall experience for a second time when Southend United face Oxford United in The FA Youth Cup Second Round on Monday evening.
Cotton made his debut in the competition as a substitute in last season’s 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth, but the First Round encounter against Maidstone United represented his first appearance at Roots Hall.
The first-year scholar set up two goals for hat-trick hero Jason Williams in the 3-2 win, and he was delighted to contribute: “I enjoyed the experience. It’s what I want to do; play professional football in front of thousands, hopefully, one day, so it was good to be involved in it.”
“Performance-wise, in the first 20 minutes, everything was fine, but then we just switched off against Maidstone. That’s something that keeps happening, but we got the win, which was good,” he added in an exclusive interview for Saturday’s edition of the official matchday programme, Blues.
Now Cotton can’t wait to tackle Oxford, with the prize of a trip to Premier League club Swansea City on offer for the winners: “I’m really looking forward to the Oxford match, especially with the Third Round coming up.”
“Swansea away is a great incentive to win the game, and everyone’s buzzing about what would happen if we do beat Oxford, but we’ve got to focus on that game first and then once that’s done we can get our minds set on the Swansea game,” Cotton remarked.
Southend United host Oxford United in the Second Round of The FA Youth Cup on Monday 25th November, kick-off 7.00pm at Roots Hall. Tickets are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.
You can read the full interview with Nico Cotton, where he speaks about the squad’s tremendous team spirit, how his adaptability could help him in the future and the youth team’s season so far, in Saturday’s edition of Blues, priced at just £3.