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13 January 2019

Under 18 coach Peter Murphy reflects on Latics' 6-2 victory at Hull City in the FA Youth Cup.

  • Academy: Peter Murphy delighted with FA Youth Cup victory at Hull City.
  • Latics won 6-2 in the fourth round at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.
  • "This group is great to have as a coach." - Peter Murphy.

Speaking after Latics' 6-2 victory in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, Under 18s' coach Peter Murphy shared his delight at the result, the performance, and his side's progression into the fifth round.

“I said to the boys after the game, we’ve got to this stage in the season where we’re still unbeaten, we’ve come away and beaten one category one club and one category two club and scored eight goals in the process, you have to keep believing in yourselves.

“Anything can happen, I still don’t quite think they believe in themselves enough as they should, so it’s just little reminders to them that they’re good players and to be confident.”

“When we get down and play, we’re frightening at times, no one can live with them and the more they can put that into a full 90 minutes then the easier games like today will be.”

England youth international Joe Gelhardt scored a hat-trick for Latics on the night, and with Latics' six goals on Saturday, the Under 18s have now scored 80 goals in 22 matches this season, something Murphy said gives them an advantage from the very start of games.

“The lads score goals, week in and week out, that’s what they do, Charlie Jolley, Kyle Joseph, Joe Gelhardt, James Berry and Divin Baningime is now chipping in with goals.

“You go into every game thinking, we will probably at least score, so that should give the defenders confidence that if they do their jobs then we will probably win games.

“All of them score goals, two of them started tonight and one came on in Kyle, we’ve got James there too, so it’s great to have as a coach.”

Watch the goals from the 6-2 victory below.

Emeka Obi, who recently signed a professional contract with Latics, has been dominant all season in the centre of defence, just one of many shining lights in the team. Murphy continued:

“Emeka's doing well, that’s been rewarded with the professional contract he’s been given but I am desperate to get him a goal, we’ve been trying every set-piece in the book.

“He will probably pop-up when we need it most, but he’s a real threat in the air, he’s a great defender at the back along with his team-mates.

“The whole squad, from the staff right through to the players and the people in the background today who made it happen and easier for us, credit to them, this win is for everyone at the club.”

With Latics set to face Accrington Stanley or Liverpool in the fifth round, Murphy insisted it will all be forgot about by this coming Saturday, when Latics travel to Scunthorpe United for the area semi-final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

“We’ll enjoy today for a day or two, but then the focus goes on the Development Squad’s game on Tuesday before Scunthorpe in the semi-final on Saturday, but we will take each game as it comes, we’ve got to keep going on in the league and with the other two cup competitions."

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