Iain Brunskill previews Manchester FA Senior Cup semi-final

Development coach wants young Whites to build on past victories ahead of Manchester City clash

Iain Brunskill is eyeing another positive result against Manchester City in Tuesday night’s Manchester Counties FA Senior Cup semi-final.

The young Whites beat the Citizens in last year’s final at City’s Academy Stadium thanks to Quade Taylor’s early header.

And with Bolton keen to defend their title, the Trotters’ development coach has called for his side to build on last Friday’s last-gasp victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

“I was really pleased with the way the lads fought back and dug in to get the win in our last game,” Brunskill told bwfc.co.uk. “It’s good for them and it’s good for the club.

“It is an important part of the lads’ development to get the results, and I think it could be a step forward for them, coming back to get a positive result. 

“It feels good and I’ve told them to embrace it and go again because it’ll be a tough game against Manchester City on Tuesday. It’s a different test for us and it is something we have spoken about.”

He continued: “I don’t know what the nature of the team will be as yet, but it is another game to look forward to.

“Winning the final last year at their stadium was a great experience for the lads. The manager was really pleased with them and it was a great lift for them. 

“They played very well that night and hopefully we can put in another good performance against them.”

Away from the development squad, Brunskill has also been pleased by the impact Rob Holding and Kaiyne Woolery have had on Neil Lennon’s first team in recent weeks.

“We’ve got high hopes for Rob,” he said. “It’s a difficult situation for him, especially being a defender considering where the team find themselves at the moment. 

“But he’s done well and it has been great to see him not only cement his place, but get his first goal at the weekend as well.

“Kaiyne has also shown in a couple of cameo appearances that he can be a threat with his outstanding pace. 

“It’s the same as what he was showing on a weekly basis with the Under-21s and I think it is the right time for him to move up. 

“It’s brave of the manager to put them in and they’re showing signs of rewarding him. The manager does show faith in the younger players and that’s great for us.”

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