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Adrian Forbes | "It’s important that we go and showcase ourselves"

5 October 2023

Club News

Adrian Forbes | "It’s important that we go and showcase ourselves"

5 October 2023

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Adrian Forbes’ young Hatters make their second Premier League Cup appearance on Friday night when the Development squad travel to York to face Leeds United.

The youngsters head to the LNER Community Stadium with a positive mindset after putting in an impressive performance against Chelsea in their opening Group D fixture last month, even though the game ended in defeat.

“Looking at the last game against Chelsea, I said after that game that the boys prepared and performed really well,” said Under-21 lead coach Forbes. “The 4-1 scoreline somewhat flattered Chelsea, so now this game is an opportunity for us to hopefully put out another positive performance and get the result that we deserve.

“The boys have been talking about this one since Chelsea and wanted to right the wrongs of that game. We as a Development squad and a Category Three academy are now in a group that has Chelsea, Leeds and Colchester United in it, who are Category One and Category Two teams.

Adrian Forbes on the sideline

“It’s important that we go and showcase ourselves, prove that we can compete with these teams. We are hoping to be a Category Two academy in the future, so we need to be able to compete first.

“It’s a great test for us. It’s a great test for me as the Head Coach of this team but more importantly, it’s a great test for the players and staff to show how good they are.

“There’s been so many games that the first-team have played where they’ve been close to getting results, which has happened in our group too. We are getting there and we have a fantastic group of young players. They’ll have to get used to that pressure.”

Tomorrow's game at LNER Community Stadium kicks off at 7pm and you can buy your tickets here!

Axel Piesold in action against Chelsea Under-21s

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