Nigel Clough urges Derby County fans to turn out to support youngsters in FA Youth Cup against Chelsea
NIGEL Clough has called on Derby County fans to get along to Pride Park tonight to cheer on the youth team in their FA Youth Cup quarter-final clash against holders Chelsea.
More than 1,200 turned out to see the young Rams knock out Manchester City in the last round – and the club are hoping to surpass that figure this evening (7pm).
"We would all love to see a great turn-out, because the players certainly deserve it for what they've achieved so far in the competition," said Clough.
"We don't want to pile too much pressure on them but I'm sure they'll be able to deal with it.
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"We've been impressed how the young lads have dealt with the home ties, because it's always a big thing playing at your home stadium.
"With each game that has gone by in the FA Youth Cup, there have been more fans watching from the stands and it would be a brilliant reward for the players to see another good crowd to give them the best possible chance of getting through to the semi-finals.
"It's also a great opportunity for the fans to come down and see the talent we have coming through our Academy, as we have a number of promising players who we're excited about."
Rams Academy manager Darren Wassall added: "It's our fourth home tie in a row and the crowds have been getting bigger.
"We got more than 1,200 for the Man City game and the club are expecting maybe three or four thousand this time. I don't know whether we will get that but I hope we do as they can play a big part."
Season ticket holders can watch the tie free, while admission for non-season ticket holders is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.