CREWE'S talented teenagers will be aiming for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup when they take on Swindon Town in the last eight of the competition at Gresty Road tonight (7pm).
The Alex reached the quarter finals with an extra-time win at Sunderland on Wednesday, but Academy director Steve Holland knows Swindon will provide another tough test.
'We've been in the competition long enough now to know that it's not the name of the club that means they've got the best players,' he said.
'We reached the quarter final a few years back after beating Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, but then lost to Peterborough at home in the last eight when Peterborough actually had the better play-ers of the lot, so we're well aware of the threat that Swindon possess and it will be a difficult game.'
Crewe will again be without England youth internationals Billy Jones and Gary Roberts, but goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams will play before joining up with the Welsh youth squad for a match in Portugal.
Holland and his assistant Terry McPhillips have undertaken their usual meticulous preparation for the match.
'I saw Swindon play on Saturday morning and Terry went to see their tie against Cambridge United in the previous round on the off-chance that we progressed, so we're as well prepared for the tie as we have been for all the games,' said Holland.
'We had all the boys in for two-and-a-half hours on Sunday studying the tape of the Sunderland game and they were very receptive to the constructive criticism, as they always are.
'These players have had success already but if they do get further success they deserve absolutely every accolade. They've been a pleasure to work with this year.
'How many go on to play in the first team remains to be seen, but in terms of their attitude they've been first class.'