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Larry McAvoy: This is the biggest derby we could have

2 December 2015

Young Lions geared up for FA Youth Cup cracker at The Valley

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"We will be looking to give a really good account of ourselves. We will be the underdogs this evening, but are confident that with the quality we have in our squad, if we perform to our level we will do OK."

"When we played earlier this season we lost 3-1, but the score was level at 1-1 with 15 minutes to go and there were a lot of positives to come out of the game for us.

"Charlton are currently top of the league, have got 10, nine and seven goals in the league against teams this season already and score a lot. They also have a couple of boys playing in their Championship side and have a lot of quality about them.

"In terms of derbies for our Academy, this is the biggest we could have," Larry explained. "From Under 9s right the way up we are competing for the same type of players in the same boroughs like Lewisham. We know each other really well and that gives this game a bit of an extra edge to it.

McAvoy and fellow joint U18s coach David Connolly have spent the last few days busy trying to plot Charlton's downfall in what is bound to be a hugely entertaining game between two teams determined to earn both bragging rights and a place in Round Four.

As London derbies go at Academy level, none come bigger than Millwall against Charlton according to Larry McAvoy - and his young Lions are gunning for glory tonight when they lock horns with their local rivals in the FA Youth Cup Third Round at The Valley (7pm).  off Dover Athletic (2-0) and Woodbridge Town (9-1) to reach this stage, C "That gives everyone around the place even more encouragement. We really cannot wait for the Charlton game tonight now."

"There is a real buzz about the place at the moment and it was great to see Noah Chesmain become the latest Academy player to make his senior debut as a sub for the first team against Bury at the weekend.

"The onus will definitely be on them and if they haven't scored after 20-25 minutes you wonder if they might get a bit panicky. We have got that bit more experience this season in the competition as a team having played those two ties already and hopefully our lads will handle what promises to be a really cracking match.

"Charlton supporters seem to be really making a big deal about this game and will be there in their numbers; I would hope that there will be a lot of Millwall fans at The Valley getting behind the boys as well.

"Because we are in League One now and they are in the Championship we have had to play two more matches to get to the Third Round," he added. "We hope that this might help us in terms of the occasion as our boys have already played at The Den twice in front of good sized crowds.

Those extra games could be, Larry believes, beneficial to the young Lions at The Valley tonight.

harlton were handed a bye into Round Three.
Harry Girling, Squad:
Ryan Sandford, James Brown, Noah Chesmain, Rian Bray, James White, Lewis White, Ebere Eze, Alex Mulrooney-Skinner, Harry Donovan, James Fitzgerald, Ryan Green, Eze Ebuzoeme, Mikael Ndjoli, Ronnie O'Donnell, Matthew Day, Matthew Campbell-Mhlope, Danny McNamara. 

* The tie between The Lions and Addicks will be settled on the night, meaning that extra-time and penalties will be required if the game is level after 90 minutes. 

Ticket prices are £5 adults and U18s £1 if accompanied by a full paying adult. 

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