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Hawkins: It's going to be a great occasion

QPR Under-18s captain Henry Hawkins admits that he can’t wait for tomorrow’s (Wednesday) FA Youth Cup clash with AFC Bournemouth.

The R’s head for the South Coast to face the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium in the fourth round of the tournament - and the Rangers centre-half knows that it will be another moment to relish for him and his side.

Of course, Micah Hyde’s young charges booked their place in round four courtesy of an impressive victory over Oldham Athletic at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium back in December. Tomorrow’s clash with Bournemouth is a chance to kick on even further in the prestigious tournament.

Speaking ahead of the tie which will be streamed live on Recast, Hawkins told www.qpr.co.uk “I am excited to be honest, this season is the first experience for me in the FA Youth Cup and I know it will be a great occasion.

“Obviously getting through the Oldham game was a battle, but I am just excited now to get on with the game and see if we can push on further.

“All the lads will agree and say that in the FA Youth Cup we want to get as far as we can, everyone wants to play every minute of every game, it’s something that everyone wants to participate in. So going forward, obviously the lads want to do as well as we can.”

Harry Murphy’s stunning free-kick and Adam Dougui’s second-half effort sealed the third-round win over Oldham in W12, and the 18-year-old QPR supporter also described just what an honour it is to lead out his Rangers side in these types of games.  

He added: “It was good to play at the ground, we have had some experience of playing there when we were younger but not in a game of that importance, with that much meaning and the stakes that are on the line.

“So getting through the game with the supporters on our side gave us that push and motivation to keep battling on.

“I am a QPR fan and from being here from such a young age (Under-9s), it is an honour to lead the boys out in these types of games - especially at our ground.

“I remember watching the 2010/11 season when we won the Championship and seeing the likes of [Adel] Taarabt - players like that got me hooked on QPR and I have stuck with them since then. It is an honour to playing in this famous shirt now.”

Looking ahead to the game itself, Hawkins knows what sort of tie to expect, but admits that him and his team-mates just need to remain composed and take care of the job at hand.

Henry explained: “We played Bournemouth a few months ago and it was a tough battle, it was a tight game so we will take it like any other game. Of course we know the stakes, but we just have to perform to the level we know we can, play our game and hopefully the result will be a positive one for us.

“Every game you feel those butterflies but, in this game, you know the stakes so that adds a bit more pressure. But once that first ball is kicked you know your job, you know what you are doing - you just have to be yourself and do the job at hand.”

Rangers kick-off at 7pm tomorrow evening and you can catch all the action live on Recast - for more information on how to watch the tie please click HERE.

I am excited to be honest, this season is the first experience for me in the FA Youth Cup and I know it will be a great occasion.

Henry Hawkins