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Nicholson on the squad, Yeovil Town and the possibility of Wembley

5 February 2018

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Barry Nicholson has given his views ahead of Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final match against Yeovil Town.

Read all the main talking points below from the first team coach’s interview…

On Yeovil Town…

“We are expecting a tough game, we watched them against Manchester United in the FA Cup and they obviously put on a great show and showed some good signs in the game.

“We’ve watched them closely, just like we would any other team and it’s a big game for us coming in on the back of a defeat at the weekend.

“It’s good for us to fix this quickly and also we know we are a couple of games from Wembley so it’s a great opportunity for the club to progress in the next round."

Two games away from the home of football…

“It’s brilliant for us, especially for the younger lads who have played so far in this competition, we will probably do the same again and mix the squad up with a bit of youth and experience.

“It’s great for those players to be involved in games like this and the club really want to push on now get to Wembley.

“We're two games away and we will do everything we can to get there.”

On the squad…

“We’ll mix it up as we have experience in there along with our young lads, and whatever the manager decides tomorrow, I’m sure it will be a strong team to get us through to the next round.

“This competition has been good for blooding a few youngsters in and given players a few minutes who have desperately needed it.

“I don’t see tomorrow being any different.”

On what the competition gives players…

“That is the way the boys have looked at it this season. The performances in this competition have been really good.

“People who haven’t had a lot of game time in the league have taken these games by the scruff of the neck and put on good performances.

“You have to do that to catch the manager’s eye and put yourself in the manager thoughts and then it’s up to the manager to make a decision come Saturday."

On the Town's record in the Checkatrade…

“I believe we’ve won five out of five, with three wins in the group stages and then two wins in the knockout stages so we’ve got to take confidence forward with us.

“I hope that we can see more of what we’ve seen tomorrow night.”

On the possibility of meeting Shrewsbury…

“Shrewsbury are the type of club and team that when you look at their results, they are very similar to what we were last year.

“They stay in games and grind out results even when they are not playing at their best and they have a great spirit about them.

“We obviously need to take care of Yeovil as that’s the one we need to try and win first, but we know who we will face in the next round.”

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