FA Youth Cup

Monday 11 March 2002

With the first team already through to the FA Cup semi-final, Fulham's youth side will be looking to emulate Jean Tigana's men on Tuesday night as they take on Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.

The Whites got through to the quarter-final after knocking out tournament favourites Ipswich Town in a thrilling 3-2 extra time victory at Woking's Kingfield stadium.

Looking ahead to Tuesday's match Youth team coach Paul Nevin was cautiously optimistic.

"This will be a tough match, the last round was really a make or break tie. Ipswich were the favourites for the cup so getting past them has boosted our confidence. We've played Villa twice this season; we drew one and won the other so hopefully that bodes well.

"If we play to our potential we've got a very good chance of getting through. We've tried to keep our preparation the same from the first game up at Preston so everyone's familiar with the routine.

"The players out there are 17 and 18 years old, so within the next 12-18 months I would think you'll see a couple, if not more faces, breaking through into Jean's squad."

Only the Riverside stand will be in use for this match and ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £3
Children: FREE

Fulham v Aston Villa
Kick-off 7pm
Craven Cottage