By Nick Teale

Arsenal's FA Youth Cup captain Cedric Evina says the team's belief carried them through the penalty shoot-out against Crewe after a dramatic Third Round clash.

Steve Bould's side twice came from behind to take the game to extra-time before being forced to equalise again in the additional 30 minutes to force a shoot-out.

The Gunners eventually progressed to the Fourth Round, winning 5-4 on penalties despite hitting the bar with their first spot-kick.

After the match Evina told that it was one of the most remarkable games he had ever experienced.

"That was definitely one of the hardest, most dramatic games I've ever been involved in," he said.

"We've got very, very good team spirit and we always believe until the last minute that we can win it.

"The boys never gave up and once we got back to 3-3 and then to the penalties we had to keep our heads and it was all about belief with the shoot-out."

The defender also feels that the way the game panned out could help spur the team on later in the competition.

"That game is definitely going to help us," said Evina.

"It's a good thing because most of the boys are first year scholars so now they know the experience of the Youth Cup so for the next round they should know what to expect.

"All the lads in the changing room were saying after the game that we can't come from behind three times and not [push ourselves to] go all the way this year."

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17 Dec 2009