On the second-half comeback…
“At half time we told them to keep believing and to keep moving the ball maybe a little bit quicker. We didn’t quite create as many chances we would have liked to in the first half but once we scored the first one I felt as if we would go on and win the game.”

On Kyle Bartley’s performance…
“We do allow the centre halves to break out if it’s on. Kyle has taken that all on board and has improved week-by-week and he’s maturing all the time. He had a terrific performance.”

On the central midfield partnership of Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin
“I do believe that one of them will play at some stage in our first team. They’ve got great legs and tactical awareness. They could both pass the ball a little bit better maybe but we’re hoping it will come. They are the real backbone of the team.”

On the performance of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas…
“He can drive you mad sometimes but he’s a terrific talent with a wonderful left foot and he scores a lot of goals. It’s quandary sometimes where to play him and we’ve been trying to convince him to play centre half believe it or not but he’s having none of that.“

On the buzz around the FA Youth Cup…
“The players do get psyched up, sometimes a bit too much. We have to calm them down a bit. But to experience this is the closest they will get to first-team football with the pressure that’s on, especially with it being live on TV.

“The great thing about the competition is that we see who handles the pressure and who can maybe step up to the next level. You could not buy this kind of experience for them.”

On their Semi-Final opponents…

“It will be as difficult a game as you could ask for. I have not seen Man City this year but I’ll go and watch them on Saturday. They’ve got a terrific youth programme and they are producing players all the time. I would expect them to win but Norwich aren’t bad.”

On the competition for places…
“It is a nice problem but it is a problem. The lads that miss out will be bitterly disappointed but that is the nature of the game. It’s a professional game we’re in and sometimes you have to make decisions that hurt the heart but are probably right in the head. What they have got to do is keep learning. It is great to win because it gets us into the next round which buys these kids more of this experience.”

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