Michael Hoganson

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Newcastle's youngsters take on Watford at the Sports Direct Arena on Thursday evening - and winger Michael Hoganson admitted the whole team is "buzzing" ahead of the Hornets game.

The two sides will play for a place in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup with a home tie against Queens Park Rangers awaiting the winner of the tie, which must be decided on the night.

And former Cowgate Boys Club player Hoganson - who will make his third appearance at United's famous stadium if selected by Dave Watson - revealed that the Toon teenagers have been awaiting the match ever since beating Huddersfield almost two weeks ago to stay top of the Premier Academy League Group D.

"We're buzzing," the 18-year-old told nufc.co.uk. "Everybody's just been going on about it all week.

"After the Huddersfield game was over, it's all anybody has talked about - it was all about the Youth Cup straight away."

Like most of his team-mates, Hoganson has grown up supporting the Magpies and idolised Laurent Robert as a child.

And he said: "It's a massive thing, to play at the stadium. I love playing there. It's a dream when you're a kid: playing at the stadium and walking out of the tunnel to play in a game.

"It's the same for all the lads. Me, Adam (Campbell), Dennis (Knight), we're all the same - buzzing every time we come out.

"All my family and friends will be there, so I'll have a lot of people watching.

"And it would be great if we had a big crowd there. That would help us. I remember against Darlington in the last round, every time we did something right it gave us a real boost that the fans were clapping and supporting us. The bigger crowd the better for us.

"But the most important thing is winning. We're confident of getting through. I don't see why we can't.

"We've got a good enough team to win and a good enough team to get far in the competition. It's going to be a hard game but we're not scared of them.

"We've watched a few videos and DVDs, and read about them. But we don't really need to know too much about them - it's about us, and how we perform on the night."

Hoganson, who returned to action last month after a six-week injury lay-off, scored twice against Huddersfield in the last league game to add to his goal in the 4-0 win over Sunderland back in October.

He said: "I've got three goals now (in seven league starts) so I'm doing alright, but hopefully I can get a few more.

"I'm trying to get as many goals as I can. That's going to help me and the team if I get more goals."

Thursday's match at the Sports Direct Arena kicks off at 7pm. Admission to the East Stand is by paying at the turnstiles on the night and season ticket holders and Club Members are not entitled to free admission for this tie. Prices are £3 for adults and £1 concessions.