First-year scholar Ide Osimeh is looking forward to the opportunity to play in his first FA Youth Cup fixture as Blues U18s travel to MK Dons on Tuesday evening...
Osimeh was a spectator last season when Southend were comprehensively defeated by Leyton Orient at Roots Hall, and he is hoping that his first experience of the competition as a player ends with a more positive outcome.
“The U16s had to go along last year, and it was quite difficult watching because those players were our friends and our team-mates. I’m confident that this year there will be a different result at the end,” he revealed.
“It will be a huge moment for me, and all the other first-years starting because it’s our first FA Youth Cup match and we know the importance of it. We will have to raise our standards and get along with the second-years and show the coaches that we’ve been working hard for it.
“Even before the season we were talking about how hard we were going to work for each other and pushing each other harder in training. Now that we’re all in the squad together and starting as first-years it’s important that we lead the other first-years on the pitch and not leave it to the second-years to take responsibility for the club,” Osimeh added.
The left-back is set to make his 14th youth team appearance in the tie, and Osimeh admits that it is likely to be the biggest occasion in his career to date. He also believes that the squad are ready for the occasion: “It’s a big match. Everyone knows what it means to us, and we’re going there to win,” he claimed.
“It was important to win at Cambridge because it means we go there on the front foot and we’re all ready for Tuesday. Everyone is working hard for it, even in training. Everyone has been getting ready and we’re confident. It’s going to be a hard battle, but we think we can come out on top.
“For both myself and the boys, we have strong characters and we know how big each match is as it comes along. I don’t think there’s any more importance placed on this match.
“I think we’ve all got along well very quickly. In the third match of the season we kept a clean sheet at Stevenage and that was important. When we’re all together we all stay strong at the back and that’s good,” he said.