PAUL Bodin believes that Town’s match against Premier League giants Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup is the standout tie of the third round.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s fixture, the youth team boss went on to assess the youth team’s cup journey to date.
“Drawing Liverpool at home was probably the best draw of the round,” he said. “It is a tremendous tie and Liverpool are a fantastic club. They have a very impressive Academy set-up and we sold our young goalkeeper Jamie Stephens to them a few seasons back. Jamie has kept in touch and sent us his best wishes ahead of the game and I know he is really enjoying his time with Liverpool.
“We made it to round three thanks to two home victories. The first round game against Sholing was the first time that a lot of the first year players would have played on The County Ground pitch. We scored some good goals in that game but against lesser opposition. The second round fixture against Cirencester Town provided a tougher test but we came through that very well with another big win.
“The game against Liverpool will be a tough one but if we play at our maximum and they don’t play to theirs, then who knows?”
Despite Ryan Rawlins being suspended for tonight’s tie, Bodin revealed that Town would go into the game knowing what to expect from their opponents.
“Unfortunately Ryan Rawlins was sent off against Cirencester and he will be missing for tonight’s game, which will be a blow,” he said. “We have watched a lot of DVDs of Liverpool and we know they will be very comfortable at the back. Academy teams play at a bit of a slower tempo but they are very clinical in the final third.
“We have watched Liverpool a number of times and we know they will pose a very big attacking threat. However, we know we have the potential to open them up at the back if they play with a narrow defence. We have pace and purpose in our attack and we may have a chance on the counter too. If we can get the first goal then we can put Liverpool on the back foot.
“The game has caught the imagination of the Swindon public and hopefully there will be a big crowd here for the game. We had good support here for the last round against Cirencester and I am sure there will be many more in attendance with top-flight opposition at The County Ground.”