UNDER-18s coach Neil Adams admits the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup is the game all his players and staff look forward to at the beginning of the season – which is why anticipation is high ahead of tonight’s clash with Preston North End.
The young Canaries start the defence of their crown at Deepdale (7pm), and Adams is looking forward to getting started once again after their memorable victory over Chelsea in the two-legged Final back in May.
“It seems five minutes ago that we were down at Stamford Bridge – that was a fantastic night shared with 3500 fans,” said Adams when speaking ahead of the game.
“There was incredible support there, as there was at Carrow Road too. It was a magical time and it was a fantastic achievement for everyone concerned. It seems two minutes ago and here we are starting all over again.
“It’s the first game all the scholars look for - when it is, who they’re playing against and where it’s being played. I’m glad it’s being played at Deepdale, it’s a great stadium and obviously the pitch will be in excellent condition and Preston are a good side.
Adams has done his homework on the Lilywhites, and is wary of the qualities they pose having comfortably seen off York City 5-0 in the previous round.
“I went to watch them – I think it was a 600-mile round trip but it’s all part of the job. You leave no stone unturned. I think something I prided myself on last year was knowing what I was up against and then making a game-plan to go and beat them,” he added.
“Then it’s down to the players, and obviously last year they were excellent – they did everything I asked of them. This group has now got a chance to go as far as they can.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to make a name for themselves. This is the competition for them to do it because it attracts the attention and if you progress then the rewards are there.”