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Hayden: Ewood feels like home for us

Carter aiming to continue FA Youth Cup journey this morning against Nottingham Forest

6 February 2018

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Hayden Carter believes Ewood Park is beginning to feel like a fortress for Rovers' young stars.

The Under-18s skipper was speaking ahead of Tuesday's FA Youth Cup fifth round tie at home to Nottingham Forest.

After knocking out Tranmere in round one, Rovers have won three games on the spin at Ewood, defeating Wrexham, Stoke City and Watford, and Carter insists everyone is eager to keep the run going.  

"Everyone's looking forward to it," said the 18-year-old defender. "We've got through the last four ties - three at home and one away - so everyone's looking forward to going out at Ewood again.

"We've won three games there now, in different ways as well, so we're looking forward to getting back out at Ewood and hopefully getting through.

"We feel like we're getting better each game, so we're looking forward to the next one.

"We've struggled in the league, but in the cup we seem to be producing better performances, so I feel there's a lot more to come and hopefully we can go further.

"We get the lads back from the Under-23s, who are up there full time, so they obviously bring more competition for places back down with them."

The second year scholar insists he feels inspired when walking out at Ewood Park and says it is an invaluable experience for the players at such a young age.

However, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of the first team in the future and be playing at the stadium on a regular basis.

"This will be the fourth game there, so we're making it feel like more of a home for us," Carter added.

"Obviously the first team play there and we all want to be there one day, so it's good for us.

"Last season, in our first game there, we got beat by Aston Villa on penalties, but this year we feel like it's more of a home to us and it's becoming a bit of a fortress.

"Hopefully this is just the start - the first knockout competition that we're playing in.

"Hopefully, in my career, I can play in more competitions, so it's good to get that experience in of wanting to win, needing to win and getting the performances right."

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