Mark Robinson believes our Premier League 2 semi-final play-off clash with Tottenham Hotspur will ‘play a massive role in the players’ development’ after stressing the importance of his side handling the pressure on Sunday.

The Blues secured a place in the play-off semi-finals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after Diego Moreira’s hat-trick helped us claim a dramatic 3-2 victory over Arsenal.

Spurs booked their spot with a penalty-shoot-out win over Liverpool and the victors of the game against the Blues, which kicks off at midday, will progress to the final to face either Reading or Sunderland.

‘One of the important things we talk about is dealing with pressure,’ said Robinson.

‘In our Academy programme, we always speak about how the players perform under pressure. It is crucial that the squad can contain those heightened emotions.

‘I am a big believer in a well-known saying ‘when you’re under pressure you do not rise to the occasion, you drop to the levels of your training’.

‘I speak a lot about the importance of training. I always make it clear the squad should train to the same intensity as they will perform during a game. It is crucial.

‘Not only will they progress, but it also means when the pressure comes during the build-up to the games, they can deal with it, not just tactically and physically but mentally.

‘I look forward to these big games as they play a massive part in the development of the players. You can see how well the players deal with the pressure and during must-win situations.’

Robinson’s Blues are familiar when it comes to knockout games.

In April, the Under-21s lost 4-0 to London rivals Fulham in the Premier League Cup and the head coach highlighted the development of his squad since that performance.

Robinson reflected: ‘We have had knockout matches already this season. One of them we performed okay but we did not do enough to secure the win, despite being the more dominant side.

‘Then in the other semi-final against Fulham, we put in our worst performance of the season.

‘Taking from those experiences, I am looking forward to seeing where we are and the development we have made since those fixtures.’

Sunday's opponents finished top of the Premier League 2 table, securing 14 wins out of the 20 games played, with our boys ten points behind in fourth.

But Robinson believes his side have what it takes to come out victorious due to the players’ mentality.

He added: ‘It will be a great experience to play at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. But it is important the squad remain focused and concentrated on their performance and not let the occasion get to them. As I have said throughout the season, we are a young squad.

‘Tottenham have done well to win the league. However, I just know if we play to our very best version of ourselves, we have a chance against anyone.’