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Development Squad

Dev squad clear on cup clash stakes says Greenwood

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Skipper Ben Greenwood has claimed the development squad is well aware of the stakes of tonight’s winner-takes-all Premier League Cup tie.

Alan Connell’s side travels to the Powerday Stadium this evening for a showdown with Queens Park Rangers (7pm kick-off).

While both are currently outside of the qualification places for the knockout round of the competition, three points will see either team leapfrog Brighton into second place.

“The boys and I know what’s at stake in this game,” Greenwood explained to afcb.co.uk. “Win and we go through, a draw is no good for no one and they go through if they win.

“It’s going to be a really entertaining game, but we’re ready. We’ve been ready three times before, so we’re extra ready now.”

Situated in Group B of the Premier League Cup, the young Cherries have been pitted against Brighton and Derby as well as the Hoops.

The development squad captain is now hungry for further fixtures with five group stage games done and the final one to go.

He said: “We play in a few different competitions, so we always take on different types of opposition.

“We’ve had a tough group this time around, as we did last season. We’ve got to play against some top category one and two teams.

“If you progress to the next rounds, it gives you more games and that’s what we want as a development squad at the moment.”

Tonight’s victor, if there is one, will move on to face Fulham away from home in the round of 16, however, the Cherries left-back and the team are taking things one game at a time.

“As soon as the game’s done and we know what the result is, then that’s when we can look forward to games coming up,” he said.

“For now, all the boys have their head solely on the QPR game because we need to get the job done.”

Clashing with the Hoops comes as Alan Connell’s first competitive game in the dugout since being appointed as the development squad’s lead coach.

Having worked with the former striker during his time in the under-18s, Greenwood is looking forward to being coached by Connell again.

“I’m really excited about it,” he said. “I worked with Al when I was in the youth team and in my scholar days, and he’s a quality coach.

“He’s very good at his job and very good at man managing. His training is second to none.

“Having clarity in the role has brought some stability to the squad and I think it shows in the standards that we’re showing now. That’s day in, day out, whether it be on the pitch or off it.

“I’m really excited to work with him and, obviously, a lot of the lads have before. The ones that haven’t will love him.”

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