Murphy: FA Youth Cup game is biggest game of players' lives

Academy coach John Murphy
Academy coach John Murphy

Blackpool are in FA Youth Cup action tonight as they take on Category One academy side Southampton at Bloomfield Road.

The U18s have been on a fantastic run in the competition, having already knocked out Bradford City, Doncaster Rovers and West Ham United to reach the fourth round stage.

Academy coach and former Blackpool player John Murphy says tonight's cup tie will be the biggest game of the players’ lives.

“Southampton is going to be a really, really tough game," he told the club website.

"The Southampton academy has been well documented over the years because of the players they’ve brought through, and they also beat Wolves 4-1 in the last round.

“The West Ham game was the biggest of the season, and now this one is.

"It’s a platform and opportunity for the players to show what they’re capable of. It’s the biggest game of their lives.”

The tie kicks off at 7pm.