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Kids face Wigan next in Carling Cup

Somewhat buried in the yesterdays football was the draw for the 4th round of the Carling Cup which took place midday yesterday.

The kids who had performed so well against Sheffield United in the week get another home tie, this time against premier league opposition in the shape of Steve Bruce's Wigan Athletic.

Despite yesterdays defeat at the Emirates for the first team the youngsters will be encouraged by home advantage. It is also an opportunity for the club to invest in the supporters of the future by pricing tickets at a level that will draw those who have little chance to see the team in action.

Though Wigan will prove tougher opponents than the Blades they provide just the sort of testing ground that the youngsters need to continue their development.

The full draw is:

Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers
Arsenal v Wigan Athletic
Chelsea v Burnley
Swansea City v Watford
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City v Rotherham United
Brighton & Hove Albion or Derby County v Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
The ties are to be played in the week beginning the 10th November.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 28 2008

Time: 8:34AM

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hope we get to win this. cos we cant afford to go out so early
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28/09/2008 09:54:00

will be tricky. Wigan are unbeaten this season and they have some quality players now. I just hope Zaki and Heskey won't be too physically strong up front for our youngsters. All the same, we know our kids can give them something to worry about.
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28/09/2008 18:47:00

U better play ur best cards otherwise u can have another defeat.They are quite a good side.Just beaten Man City.
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28/09/2008 20:46:00

This will be an interesting and worthy challenge for the youngsters. A good, physical Premiership side who can cause us problems. But Wigan don't have a great deal of pace at the back and we can certainly give them problems there. As always, I look forward to seeing how these kids handle this game.
Little Dutch
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28/09/2008 20:48:00

Our kids have overcome Everton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Blackburn, Liverpool and WBA away and Newcastle at home in the ;last couple of years Saimon_blues. The kids will get a lot of value out of this game, win or lose and we will not and should not play the first team. Afterall, the first team played at WHL last season and were tonked.
Little Dutch
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28/09/2008 20:51:00

Excellent test for the kids. Wigan will put out their best side and they have looked solid, with a much more attacking and offensive capability this season with the Heskey & Zaki partnership looking good upfront, and Valencia & Palacios competent in mid field.
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28/09/2008 22:54:00

win or lose i will watch the youngsters with great anticipation. what a good crop coming through and all that pace!! some english talent there as well which is great for the future of the england team. i hope they get to play in the FA cup too, cos our first team needs all the rest they can get due to our thin squad. long live king carlos!!!
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29/09/2008 02:43:00

I so glad that we have got another home draw as it will us alot of Fans chance to see the kids again. Yes, Wigan is a tougher test, but hopefully it's a test they will be hpoe for.
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29/09/2008 07:56:00

Wigan will give your kids a tougher test!
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29/09/2008 19:45:00

This will not be the cakewalk that was the last round. However, in terms of sheer pace and movement, I'd have to say the kids can do well, and likely walk off with a win. Heskey and Zaki are no pushovers up top, but Djourou is also a seasoned player who should be competent enough to face this side. Aaron Ramsey in the midfield saw plenty of tough action in Cardiff's FA Cup run, and who out there can say (full International's) Bendtner and Vela can't play anainst any defense in the PL? I'd go 3-1 to the Arsenal.
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