Charlie Cresswell: The fans will be massive for us

Under-23s captain looks ahead to Man City test.

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Charlie Cresswell has been speaking with the media, ahead of Friday night’s Under-23s clash against Manchester City Under-23s.

The Whites will play their final home game of the Premier League 2 Division One campaign under the lights of Elland Road, with a big crowd expected to attend the game.

As captain of the side, Cresswell looked ahead to the game, whilst also giving his thoughts on the progress the group has shown throughout the season.

He said: “It’s a massive game, not just for the Under-23s but for the whole academy because obviously we want to stay in Division One.

“No matter the performance, if we can get the three points on Friday it’d be great.

“I think me and the lads are treating it as a normal game, it’s any normal game for us, so if we can go in with that mindset then I am sure we can do well.

“I feel I have a responsibility playing with the arm band on and with the badge on my chest, that I need to give 100 per cent, and make sure everyone else is.

“I know if we all pull our weight, it can be a successful night.”

The crowds at Elland Road for the Under-23s fixtures have been around the 10,000 mark so far this season. For Friday, the expected attendance is going to be even more than that.

Cresswell asked what it will be like to have that support, and how some players who haven’t played in front that many fans before will find the occasion.

“When we play at Elland Road you can tell the fans are our twelfth man,” the skipper explained.

“To have that many there on Friday night, it will be massive for us and really push us along.

“It’s an experience that footballers have got to get at some points in their careers, so if it comes in an Under-23s game on a Friday night then so be it.

“I think I can help by guiding them through the game and making a platform from the back, then letting the attacking players go and do what they want, and I am sure that will get the crowd excited.”

Over 16,000 tickets for the game at Elland Road on Friday 22nd April (7pm) have been sold and are still on sale priced at:

£6 adults

£3 concessions


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