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12 December 2023

Club News


12 December 2023

Burton Albion Professional Development Phase captain Will Tamen believes that if his side give their everything, it's anyone's game as the Young Brewers take on Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday.

Villa are a category one academy side playing in the Under 18 Premier League and Tamen recognises the occasion of the game.

“I’m excited because as a footballer, you want to test yourself with the best. Playing against Aston Villa who are one of the best teams in their league, it’s a great opportunity to test myself against those players to see the level I’m at and where I want to be.

“Obviously, it’s a Premier League club so it’s an amazing opportunity especially in-front of the fans and what they’ll bring. Coaches watching, first team staff, everyone’s here to back us so we’ve got nothing to lose so we’ve got to go out there and fight to the end, play our game” he said. 

The Young Brewers fought back from a goal down to overcome Staffordshire rivals Port Vale in the first round. A more assured and controlled performance saw them defeat Chester-Le-Street United 2-0 in the second round.

Tamen recognises the quality that the team has shown so far in the competition. “Round one was a good round for us. I think we showed a lot of resilience especially going one nil down and winning the game.

"In round two, we played our football and in possession we outmatched them, and they couldn’t really do anything.”

The game will be held at the Pirelli Stadium, with fans encouraged to come down and get behind the team.

Tamen said: “In round one, without the fans I don’t think it would have been that kind of game, but with them backing us it got us through. I know it will be a larger crowd against Villa and a bigger game. We’ll try our best and just give 100% and hope for the best.”

In the league this season, the Young Brewers have been in fine form, only suffering one defeat. Tamen is looking to carry this success into the game on Wednesday.

He said: “In football, you can win and you can lose, but in the league we’re doing well, and we want to continue that going into the Youth Cup. We’ll have a good mindset about winning and giving our all.

“Obviously, you can prepare in different ways, your mental side is important, just getting your mind right, just knowing it’s a big game, a big day, so we’ve got to prepare for that. On the pitch, just sticking to what we know so that we can go out there and express that on the field.”

17 year-old Tamen made his first start for the Brewers in League One against Peterborough at the end if November and will look to use this experience to help his side against Aston Villa.

“I think that kind of game is different to what we do out there so bringing that kind of experience, what it was like out there for me, the tempo, the intensity, especially the communication. I can express that out there the way I know how to.”

“The intensity is so much higher in senior football, especially with them being physically and technically stronger. As a defender you’ve got to be smarter, you’ve got to stay aware and make sure you’re switched on because if not it could cost you the game.

"Out there we play to win, we don’t want to lose, and in the youth cup it’s the same thing, we want to progress to the next round.

“Every day I learn and that’s the key thing, it will get me better, I learn things about communication, just information and that helps a lot on the pitch and when I play, I can add that to my game and hopefully elevate the level that I’m at” he said.

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