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Assistant Head Coach looks ahead to EFL Trophy clash

18 September 2023

Colchester United's Assistant Head Coach Scott Marshall is looking forward to the U's taking on Spurs U21s in the EFL Trophy this week.

The U's face Tottenham Hotspur U21sat the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday night, aiming to get the Group Stage off to a good start against the Premier League youngsters.

Cambridge United and Peterborough United make up the group, with the U's playing their other two matches on October 10th and November 21st.

This game against Spurs U21s might not throw up the usual League Two challenges for Scott and the U's squad, but he is expecting there to be challenges of a different kind.

"I’ve taken U21s before and you’re always craving senior opposition for games so they’ll be right up for it on Tuesday night. They’ve got highly technical players but we’ll be ready for that.

"It’ll be new experiences all round and our players will get another good experience from the game. We’re always looking for the lads to improve and get better and this is a great competition for players getting game time if they haven’t in the league games."

The former Arsenal, Southampton and Celtic defender is looking for players to put themselves forward with decent performances, and says it can set them up for the upcoming weeks and months.

"These competitive cup matches can get those players up and running for the season. The players are always competitive, on the training ground or if they’re playing darts after training, so they’ll want to do well in this environment."

"It’s great to be having a Spurs side coming to town, they’ve got some very bright young talent around the U21s group. They’ve got a great track record of developing young players who have gone on to have good careers in the game and we have to prepare the lads for that challenge as best we can."

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