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Duncan Ferguson is confident his side can again handle the occasion of playing at Goodison Park when they tackle Birmingham City in the FA Youth Cup fourth round on Tuesday evening.

The young Blues showed no nerves when they eased past Brighton and Hove Albion with 2-0 victory in the previous stage of the competition.

Now they are chasing a place in the last-16 for a second year in succession.

And assistant coach Ferguson is optimistic that the Club’s youngsters will relish another chance to play at the Grand Old Lady.

“First and foremost it’s good to have another home tie. We’ve not had that many since I’ve been here,” Ferguson said.

“We’ve had quite a few away from home, although the last one was at Goodison so at least the kids have had a taste of what it’s like.

“That should help with the jitters and the nerves a wee bit because they know the surroundings, having played there before.

“But it’s great for them to play in the stadium. Back in my day when I played for reserve teams the games were played in the home stadium, but some of our kids have never played at Goodison Park.

“Those that were involved in the last round will have enjoyed the experience and will have benefitted from it, I’m sure.

“We know Birmingham are a strong team. We played them during pre-season and they beat us. They won at Cheltenham in the last round and so we know it will be a tough task.”

Tickets are priced £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, with cash turnstiles in operation on the Upper Bullens Road Stand.

“Hopefully we’ll get a few in to support the kids,” Ferguson continued. “I remember last year we had a game at Goodison and it was well attended.

“The more you progress, the more interest there will be but it will be nice to see a few at the game on Tuesday.”

If you can’t make it to Goodison on Tuesday evening, follow all the action through the Club’s Twitter account where there will be regular updates throughout the tie.

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