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Tony Philliskirk Previews Youth Alliance Northern Cup Final

15 April 2015

The Oldham Athletic youth team face Wigan Athletic today in the northern final of the Youth Alliance Cup.

A late winner against Accrington Stanley sealed the victory through to this stage of the competition for Latics and Tony Philliskirk is hoping his players can go one step further into the national final. 

He said: "We are under no illusions that it is going to be a tough game and we have played them twice already in the league, winning 1-0 at their place and we drew 0-0 at home. 

"We are going to go there as underdogs knowing that it will be a tough game. We have prepared right for the game and we have done all the things we did at the start of the season when we went on a good run.

"I'm not going to say we are confident but I'm not going to say we are not confident. We have still got players out but the second year lads have picked and chosen their games and have decided they wanted to play in this game. 

"We have got a few players back who will be available to us now. We will put our strongest team out but we have been told Wigan have gone 28 games unbeaten. If they get four points out of their last two games then they will win the league. They are in this cup final and the Lancashire cup final so they have had an unbelievable season so fair play to their staff at Wigan."

With several of the second year professionals told they would not be offered professional contracts, Philliskirk believes it will be a good game for those players to put themselves in the shop window.

"There is a massive carrot there, especially for the lads who have been released, to put themselves on show," he said. "If we can get a positive result then we go into the national final against either MK Dons and Cheltenham Town and it will be a fantastic achievement not only for the team but for the club. 

"If they do win, they are putting themselves on the national stage to showcase their talents. There is a lot to play for for them boys so hopefully they will go out and give a good account of themselves."

For supporters attending the game, it will now take place at Christopher Park (WN6 8LB) instead of the scheduled Robins Park venue (2pm KO).

The club will be bringing you live updates via Twitter and Latics Wall

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