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FOREST YOUTH CUP PREVIEW

PUBLISHED

10:58 10th April 2013

by Ben Mouncer

Under-18s face Nottingham Forest in semi-final first leg tonight

NOTTINGHAM FOREST v NORWICH CITY
FA Youth Cup Semi-Final First Leg
7.45pm kick-off
City Ground
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Norwich City’s Under-18s have had little time to savour Friday’s superb 4-2 FA Youth Cup quarter-final win over Everton… as preparations got underway for tonight’s semi-final first leg at Nottingham Forest.

Neil Adams’ youngsters will undoubtedly be full of confidence going into the tie after a dominant performance at Goodison Park and only one defeat in all competitions in 2013.

They will also have the added incentive of wanting to perform well in front of the television cameras, with the match being shown live on ITV4.

Adams will want to make sure they focus on the job in hand, though, as they try and move a step closer to replicating the City Youth Cup winners of 30 years ago.

Forest haven’t won in their last five but have risen to the occasion in this competition, winning their four ties to the semi-finals, all at home and scoring ten goals along the way.

ROUTE TO THE SEMIS…

Forest
3-2 v Bolton Wanderers (H) 27/02/2013 – Sixth Round
3-2 v Huddersfield Town (H) 05/02/2013 – Fifth Round
2-1 v Rochdale (H) 16/01/2013 – Fourth Round
2-1 v Cardiff City (H) 12/12/2012 – Third Round

Canaries
4-2 v Everton (A) 05/04/2013 – Sixth Round
2-1 v Birmingham City (H) 26/02/2013 – Fifth Round
2-1 v Millwall (H) 31/01/2013 – Fourth Round
1-0 v Queens Park Rangers (H) 05/12/2012 – Third Round

FROM THE DUGOUT…
Neil Adams: “It’s a big achievement for the football Club to get here and it’s the first time we’ve done it since forming as an Academy.

“It’s the first-time I’ll have a two-legged tie as a coach. We’ll treat each match as the same – we’ll try and win the first game and try and win the second game.

“They’re a very good side – we’ve seen them – but we're really looking forward to it.”

FROM THE DRESSING ROOM…
Josh Murphy: “We’ve got this far so we may as well just go all out for it.

“We’ve got a good enough team to do it. We beat a very good Everton side, and if we play like the way we did against them, then there’s no reason why we can’t go all the way and win the Cup.”

OPPOSITION VIEW…
Nottingham Forest Interim Head of Academy Gary Brazil: “They’re 18 year old boys who look like men but can really be quite child-like inside. They’re anxious, they’re excited – they can’t wait to get on with it.

“The fact that it’s live on television adds an extra dimension to things as well – it’s a big thing for kids this age," he told Forest's Official Website.

“It’s important we get their focus and make sure they’re clear on what they’ve got to do. We have to go out and have a really good go at it.”

RECENT FORM…

Forest
D – 0-0 v Sheffield Wednesday (A) 06/04/2013 – U18s League
L – 2-7 v Leeds United (H) 30/03/2013 – U18s League
L – 0-3 v Huddersfield Town (H) 16/03/2013 – U18s League
D – 2-2 v Crewe Alexandra (H) 09/03/2013 – U18s League
L – 0-2 v Wigan Athletic (A) 02/03/2013 – U18s League

Canaries
W – 4-2 v Everton (A) 05/04/2013 – FA Youth Cup Sixth Round
W – 2-0 v Newcastle United (A) 30/03/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
D – 1-1 v Manchester City (A) 16/03/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
D – 0-0 v Arsenal (A) 02/03/2013 – U18s Premier League Group Two
W – 2-1 v Birmingham City (H) 26/02/2013 – FA Youth Cup Fifth Round

Forest coach: Steve Chettle
Canaries coach: Neil Adams

Forest squad: Ross Durrant (GK), Aaron Myles (GK), Jordan Smith (GK); Elliott Ackroyd, Kieran Fenton, Lawrence Gorman, Eurico Sebastiao; Jack Blake, Michael Hollingsworth, Deimantas Petravicius, Josh Thomas, Kieran Wallace, Jack Mulraney, Aristote Kamameno Amisi, Wilfried Gnahore; Daniel Elliott, Morgan Ferrier, Derrick Otim, Jordan Ramone Palmer-Samuels.

Canaries squad: Will Britt (GK); Ben Wyatt, Cameron Norman, Harry Barker, Harry Toffolo, Kevin Lokko, Kyle McFadden; Cameron King, Cameron McGeehan, Harvey Hodd, Henry Randall, Jacob Murphy, Josh Murphy, Joe Peacock, Reece Hall-Johnson, Rian Carroll; Carlton Morris, Dominic St Louis, Rhys Browne.

TICKETS…
£3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

The game is also to be broadcast live on ITV4 and BBC Radio Norfolk. Live audio commentary will be available on Canaries Player. Regular Twitter and Facebook updates will be provided on twitter.com/NorwichCityFC and facebook.com/NorwichCityFootballClub.

RETURN LEG…
Norwich City v Nottingham Forest
FA Youth Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
7.45pm kick-off
Carrow Road
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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