Newcastle U23 defender Lewis Cass says his side are expecting a “tough game” against Port Vale in the Football League Trophy on Tuesday night.
The match has little significance for the Valiants who are already through to the next stage although a win will guarantee a home draw in the next round. Manager John Askey is expected to make changes for the final group game of the tournament.
If we can get the ball down and play our football then we’ll hopefully be able to pass them off the park…
The introduction of higher division U23 or B sides to the Football League tournament has been hugely controversial and Vale will once again be expecting many fans to stay away. Despite the lack of atmosphere, Newcastle United teenager Cass says the game will be a tough task.
“You want to go in there and win against a senior side,” the 19-year-old told nufc.co.uk. “There’ll be a lot of experience gained if we could go and get three points against a League Two team.”
However, the youngster is not short of confidence predicting that if Newcastle are not muscled out of the game then they will out play their opponents. He added “It’ll be a tough game. We’re expecting them to be very physical but if we can get the ball down and play our football then we’ll hopefully be able to pass them off the park.
“We’re going there hoping to try and progress from the game. We want to use this game as a stepping stone for when we play in the league. Our main objective is to try and finish as high as we can in the league and as far as we can in cup competitions. Although, we can’t progress in this, we want to use it as momentum to keep going.”
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