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If we play to our best we can beat them

8 April 2016

Under-18s captain Scott Wharton admits there is excitement in the camp as they prepare to face Chelsea in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final.

The young Rovers travel to Stamford Bridge for tonight's tie trailing by just the one goal following a first leg 1-0 loss at Ewood Park three weeks ago.

The central defender knows that they are underdogs for the rematch, but feels it is a tag they can take advantage of as they bid to earn the right to play Manchester City in the final of the competition.

"The lads are looking forward to it," Wharton told Rovers PlayerHD. "It is a very big game at Stamford Bridge so we'll go down there and prepare for it right.

"We are certainly in the tie, that was the main thing after the first leg. We are only 1-0 down so we've just got make sure we defend well, don't concede any goals, and hopefully the lads can put in a good performance.

"At Ewood the way we played in the first half wasn't the best, but in the second half especially we learned a lot and we know that we can push on in the second leg and hopefully score a few goals.

"We are the underdogs but we know that if we play to our best then we can beat them. We don't mind that everybody expects Chelsea to be the better team.

"We've probably performed better on the road compared to playing at Ewood for some reason, so we can take confidence from that.

"It is probably the biggest game of our careers, it is in front of the TV cameras as well, so all the lads are looking forward to it.

"It would mean everything to get to the final to play Man City, it would be fantastic for the team and the lads, we've worked hard all season for it."

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is at 7.45pm. The match is live on ITV4. Updates from the game will appear on the website via our twitter account @onerovers.

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