Hyde backs Daggers youngster to impress
13:00 05 November 2014
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FA Youth Cup first round preview: Wealdstone v Dagenham & Redbridge
Dagenham & Redbridge Academy under-18 manager Micah Hyde is looking for his young players to show the right attitude tonight in the first round of the FA Youth Cup.
Daggers visit Wealdstone in the first round of the prestigious competition at the Vale stadium.
But the former Watford midfielder will be warning his side not to go into the game underestimating the non-league team.
“The players are a little bit more excited than me because they are the ones playing,” said Hyde.
“We are looking at the attitude and for them to understand what they need to be doing on the day.
“We need to win our individual battles. The last thing we want them to do is think we are playing a non-league team.
“It is 11 against 11 and that is how they have to look at it.”
Hyde believes the second year scholars have a big opportunity to force themselves into the Daggers first team because of the philosophy of manager Wayne Burnett.
Young forward Mason Bloomfield has featured in the league this season, whilst Ayo Olukoga and Lewis Clark both played in an Essex Senior Cup match against Barkingside recently and impressed.
Daggers under-18 manager believes some of the academy players are capable of forcing their way into Burnett’s plans.
Hyde added: “We are looking for a few to push on this season. Some of the first year scholars from last year, the 17-year-olds, look good.
“Ayo came on and so did Lewis against Barkingside and they both did their jobs. Mason has been involved with the first team this season.
“Since Mason has come back from his loan he has been brilliant. It has toughened him up and he has taken that into the games.
“I keep telling these lads it is a pathway. They need to be doing as well as they can because there is no reason why a 17-year-old can’t be a regular in a League Two first team.
“We have a manager who is willing and wanting to give youth a chance. There is a pathway because the manager wants to use youth and that is great for the football club to have a manager like that.”
Hyde hasn’t set any specific targets in the FA Youth Cup but would like Daggers to go far in the competition.
He added: “Hopefully we can go far but we need to get through the first round first.
“But we don’t have any targets for the FA Youth Cup, we are just taking it game by game.”
Kick-off is 7.30pm, with tickets priced at £4 for Adults, £2 for Concessions and £1 for under-16’s.