The 17-year-old, who was instrumental as he found the net in a 3-3 draw against Liverpool last weekend, feels Southampton’s comeback in that tie has given the side belief ahead of their Barclays U18 Premier League encounter with a side they’ve never played at that level.
Hesketh told Saints Player
: “It was definitely a good feeling coming back from two-nil down. Obviously, it was quite an important goal to get it to two-all and to get a draw was good for us. It always feels good to get a goal in that manner.
“We definitely felt we could have won after the game, but to come from two-nil down was good for us. We started a bit slow and then obviously it could have cost us.
“It (the match against City) will be a different test for us. We’ve never played them but we know what they’ll be about. We’ll have a few clips on them and we’ll look at those on Friday.
“I’m confident. I feel we can go into any game thinking we can beat anyone if we play our best.”
Meanwhile, U18s winger Josh Sims has been delighted with the amount of game-time he has accrued so far this season and is aiming to build on his current goal and assist tallies in order to ensure he retains his starting place.
The youngster also lavished praise on striker Sam Gallagher and revealed his presence on top has been a huge help for those around him.
“I like working off him (Gallagher),” Sims insisted. “He does the hold-up play and I like making runs off him and his knock-downs.
“He holds up the play well and I like making my runs inside. I make the runs – he plays me in!
“It’s always good for a winger to get goals. That’s one thing I’d like to improve, my goalscoring. Hopefully I can keep getting more goals and assists. I need to keep working in training to get my starts up.”