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FAYC preview: Rovers v Nottingham Forest

Ewood Park plays host to Nottingham Forest in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup

5 February 2018

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Rovers will hosts Nottingham Forest in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup hoping to continue the excellent journey in the competition.

Rovers have seen off Tranmere, Wrexham, Stoke City and Watford to get to this stage, with the last clash against the Hornets being the most dominant display from Billy Barr's side in the competition.

Forest progressed to this stage after winning a dramatic penalty shootout against Leicester at the City Ground in the last round and face a Rovers side who have looked better with every game played in the competition.

Barr will be without Callum Wright, who made the deadline day move to Leicester, which will give the chance to perhaps Kyle Connell or George Wilson to play their part.

Opponents Forest have a good record of brining youngsters through their academy. The likes of Ben Brereton, Matty Cash, Ben Osborn and Joe Worrall have all progressed into the first team in recent seasons and the latest batch will be hoping to do similar before long.

Arvin Appiah is the man to watch after scoring two in the last Forest game against Barnsley in league action, but Jayden Richardson was sent off in the 3-0 win and may miss out on the FA Youth Cup battle.

The winners will host Blackpool in the next round, after the Tangerines beat Ipswich last week in the competition.

Ticket prices:

Admission is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions (65+ and ages 17 and under). Season tickets are not valid for this fixture.

FA Youth Cup fifth-round draw/results:

Colchester United v Reading
Plymouth Argyle v Fulham
Bury v Birmingham City
Middlesbrough 2-3 Arsenal
Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest
Norwich City v Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Ipswich Town 0-2 Blackpool

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