Defender Owen Bevan has revealed detailed build-up work was key to the FA Youth Cup victory over QPR last night.
The under-18s captain praised the work of Alan Connell and his coaching staff, especially analyst Josh Brown, for providing insight into their category two opponents as they worked towards the fixture.
Bevan told afcb.co.uk: “We prepared well for this game over the last couple of days. We looked at QPR and the way they play, the way they press, and it was exactly how it turned out on the night, I think we handled it really well.
“I think it’s really important to prepare right. Our coaching staff and our analyst, Josh, help so much and it gives us an idea of what we’re going to come up against on the day and how we’re going to prepare and what we need to be ready for."
The Wales youth international declared that watching video clips of their opponents and adapting training to focus on the way QPR play was a big part of their preparation for the fourth-round tie.
He continued: “For this game, we did a lot of video stuff. We watched clips of QPR in their recent games and in the last round of the FA Youth Cup, we looked at the way they play and how we could combat that in the classroom. Then we went out on the pitch and put it into our training.”
The level of professionalism that Bevan prides himself on has been inspired in part by his experience around the first team during pre-season, in which he featured in matches against Real Balompedica Linense and Granada. The 18-year-old is determined to become a member of Parker's team on a regular basis.
“I went away with the first team to Spain, and it gave me a real taste of the first team environment, being around them every day, how they prepare for games, how they train and how they look after themselves away from the pitch.
“I think if I can get to that standard and look after myself the way they do, there’s no reason why I can’t step up again.
“Especially since Scott Parker has come in, he’s really pushed academy boys in and put a lot of trust in them and the players that have gone in have really performed and that’s something that inspires us all.”
891 supporters were at Vitality Stadium last night as goals by Daniel Adu-Adjei and Noa Boutin secured a comfortable victory over QPR, setting up home fifth-round tie against either Leicester City or Crewe Alexandra.
Bevan finishes: “We really appreciate the supporters coming down, I think they made a lot of noise and it was a good experience that we can take into our future careers.
“We can’t wait for the next round now. We’re at home again so hopefully we get a lot of supporters down again and hopefully win that one."