FA YOUTH CUP: Liverpool the reward but Town youngsters must focus on Ciren

Paul Bodin

Paul Bodin

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

BOSS Paul Bodin has urged his young players not to get carried away by the prospect of facing Liverpool when they take on Cirencester Town this evening in the second round of the FA Youth Cup, writes ANDY WARREN.

After easily disposing of Sholing in round one, Swindon host the men from the Corinium at the County Ground this evening (kick-off 7pm), with the prize for the winners being a third round tie at home to the Premier League giants.

Bodin is without Louis Thompson and Aaron Oakley, who have been involved with Paolo Di Canio’s first team, for tonight’s game, and Jake Simpson is unlikely to feature having only returned from international duty with Jamaica this morning.

Further injuries have left Bodin with only nine full-time apprentices available to him, but the youth team boss wants the remaining players and the young scholars stepping up into the side to focus fully on the game in hand, rather than let their thoughts wander.

“I am five players down out of 14 full time apprentices, so we are going to need to get some of the younger guys to step up,” he said.

“They have had some integration into the team, so it is not as if they are coming straight into the unknown.

“The most important thing is to put in a big performance and to do ourselves justice.

“In every game we set objectives that we want to get out of the game, and those can be personal ones or objectives for the whole team.

“If we can meet them then we will be okay, and we will be doing all we can to play good football and help the boys develop.

“The Liverpool game is there and that would be an amazing game for the young boys to be involved in if we can get through, but I am sure it will motivate both teams on the night so we can’t get too carried away.”

Bodin also wants his youngsters to enjoy playing at the County Ground, but is hoping to avoid the torrential rain which hit the first-round clash with Sholing.

“It is rare for them to get an opportunity to play at the County Ground these days, so games like these are great for them,” he said.

“The FA Youth Cup is a great tournament to be involved in, and we have seen in the past when we have played against players like Andy Carroll, Victor Moses and Jonjo Shelvey, and look what they are doing now.

“This is a good opportunity for our lads to show what they have good, and players like that are examples of where you can get with hard work.

“In the last round the weather was awful, so hopefully we won’t get any rain like last time because it can make things a bit more level.

“But I am sure the County Ground pitch will be lovely like it always is, and I am sure it will be a great experience for all the lads.”

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7:03am Tue 13 Nov 12

jayden says...

Good luck tonight ill be there with M BIKER.
Good luck tonight ill be there with M BIKER. jayden
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8:57am Tue 13 Nov 12

stanharlands6shirt says...

Interestingly Bodin with five players unavailable whilst no doubt disapointed makes no excuses and looks for the positives to encourage those charges he does have available.

A quality coach who goes about his work quietly trying to bring on players that may or may not eventually make our first team squad

Storey, Bodin, the Thompsons, Kennedy, Oakley et al, have all learnt well under Bodin's tuition over the past few years and there can be no question that he does not keep their feet on the floor, whilst encouraging all of his squad to play with a freedom of expression that youth deserves.

Hopefully Paolo will, as should be expected, take them on when he feels they are ready and help them to the next level.

Keep up the good work Mr Bodin.
Interestingly Bodin with five players unavailable whilst no doubt disapointed makes no excuses and looks for the positives to encourage those charges he does have available. A quality coach who goes about his work quietly trying to bring on players that may or may not eventually make our first team squad Storey, Bodin, the Thompsons, Kennedy, Oakley et al, have all learnt well under Bodin's tuition over the past few years and there can be no question that he does not keep their feet on the floor, whilst encouraging all of his squad to play with a freedom of expression that youth deserves. Hopefully Paolo will, as should be expected, take them on when he feels they are ready and help them to the next level. Keep up the good work Mr Bodin. stanharlands6shirt
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9:53am Tue 13 Nov 12

Psychedelic Syd says...

Well done and huge thanks to Zippy - he does a fantastic job at developing our youth players. We owe him as a club big time and he should get far more credit and recognition than he does. Time Paolo started saying how fantastic Bodin is although he only ever seems to be capable of seeing himself in a favourable light. Our Paolo has rather too many delusions of grandeur and a tendency towards presenting himself as a messiah. Sorry mate, you're not the messiah, you're just a very naughty litttle boy! (Apologies to Monty Python)
Well done and huge thanks to Zippy - he does a fantastic job at developing our youth players. We owe him as a club big time and he should get far more credit and recognition than he does. Time Paolo started saying how fantastic Bodin is although he only ever seems to be capable of seeing himself in a favourable light. Our Paolo has rather too many delusions of grandeur and a tendency towards presenting himself as a messiah. Sorry mate, you're not the messiah, you're just a very naughty litttle boy! (Apologies to Monty Python) Psychedelic Syd
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12:13pm Tue 13 Nov 12

stanharlands6shirt says...

stanharlands6shirt wrote:
Interestingly Bodin with five players unavailable whilst no doubt disapointed makes no excuses and looks for the positives to encourage those charges he does have available.

A quality coach who goes about his work quietly trying to bring on players that may or may not eventually make our first team squad

Storey, Bodin, the Thompsons, Kennedy, Oakley et al, have all learnt well under Bodin's tuition over the past few years and there can be no question that he does not keep their feet on the floor, whilst encouraging all of his squad to play with a freedom of expression that youth deserves.

Hopefully Paolo will, as should be expected, take them on when he feels they are ready and help them to the next level.

Keep up the good work Mr Bodin.
This should have read; "does keep their feet on the floor"....

Reading back it looks like I am having a pop at Paolo, which I am not. I would agree though that I would like to see Paolo and Paul, who must surely have the same objectives, to be seen to work a little more in tandem. Perhaps they already do, but there appears from an outsiders perspective to be a little bit of a them and us about the set up/ relationship.

Given that the club must always come first, we are so lucky to have not one, but two, great coaches and one superb manager, it would be wonderful to know that everyone was pulling together in the same direction.
[quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: Interestingly Bodin with five players unavailable whilst no doubt disapointed makes no excuses and looks for the positives to encourage those charges he does have available. A quality coach who goes about his work quietly trying to bring on players that may or may not eventually make our first team squad Storey, Bodin, the Thompsons, Kennedy, Oakley et al, have all learnt well under Bodin's tuition over the past few years and there can be no question that he does not keep their feet on the floor, whilst encouraging all of his squad to play with a freedom of expression that youth deserves. Hopefully Paolo will, as should be expected, take them on when he feels they are ready and help them to the next level. Keep up the good work Mr Bodin.[/p][/quote]This should have read; "does keep their feet on the floor".... Reading back it looks like I am having a pop at Paolo, which I am not. I would agree though that I would like to see Paolo and Paul, who must surely have the same objectives, to be seen to work a little more in tandem. Perhaps they already do, but there appears from an outsiders perspective to be a little bit of a them and us about the set up/ relationship. Given that the club must always come first, we are so lucky to have not one, but two, great coaches and one superb manager, it would be wonderful to know that everyone was pulling together in the same direction. stanharlands6shirt
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1:09pm Tue 13 Nov 12

the wizard says...

I think Bodin does a magnificent job and I'm also sure he will be willing his lads on every bit of the way. I doubt if the dug out will get kicked tonight because he knows what example to set and what to do to conduct himself in public and how to convey the right message across to those on the pitch, a gentleman.

Good luck Paul and all the team.
I think Bodin does a magnificent job and I'm also sure he will be willing his lads on every bit of the way. I doubt if the dug out will get kicked tonight because he knows what example to set and what to do to conduct himself in public and how to convey the right message across to those on the pitch, a gentleman. Good luck Paul and all the team. the wizard
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2:32pm Tue 13 Nov 12

RAYSPARROW says...

Just hope PDC turns up to watch
Just hope PDC turns up to watch RAYSPARROW
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4:45pm Tue 13 Nov 12

BillyLucas4me says...

Great Question Are you up for it paolo
Great Question Are you up for it paolo BillyLucas4me
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4:50pm Tue 13 Nov 12

jayden says...

RAYSPARROW wrote:
Just hope PDC turns up to watch
why you going?
[quote][p][bold]RAYSPARROW[/bold] wrote: Just hope PDC turns up to watch[/p][/quote]why you going? jayden
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6:16pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Dover Red says...

jayden wrote:
RAYSPARROW wrote:
Just hope PDC turns up to watch
why you going?
Ha, nice one !
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RAYSPARROW[/bold] wrote: Just hope PDC turns up to watch[/p][/quote]why you going?[/p][/quote]Ha, nice one ! Dover Red
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10:23pm Tue 13 Nov 12

supersaver says...

At least PDC plays/involves the youth, previous managers have not.

Well done Paul and PDC, you may not appear to work together but PDC knows you have talent in the youth team.

Lets hope the missing players are available against Liverpool, should be a good crowd too.
At least PDC plays/involves the youth, previous managers have not. Well done Paul and PDC, you may not appear to work together but PDC knows you have talent in the youth team. Lets hope the missing players are available against Liverpool, should be a good crowd too. supersaver
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