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4-3
07 February 2018 Venue Carrow Road Attendance

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Norwich City U18
4 - 3
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Newcastle United U18

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Dante Baptiste
    GK
  • 2
    Max Aarons
    DF
  • 3
    Bilal Kamal
    DF
  • 4
    Aaron Ekumah
    DF
  • 5
    Timi Odusina
    DF
  • 6
    Alfie Payne (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Alan Fleming
    MF
  • 8
    Isak Thorvaldsson
    MF
  • 9
    Anthony Spyrou
    FW
  • 10
    Adam Idah
    FW
  • 11
    Jaden Thompson-Brissett
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Atli Barkarson
    SUB
  • 14
    Finlay Barnes
    SUB
  • 15
    Shae Hutchinson
    SUB
  • 16
    Anis Mehmeti
    SUB
  • 17
    Ayo Tanimowo
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    David Wright

4-4-2
  • 1
    Daniel Langley
    GK
  • 2
    Lewis Cass
    DF
  • 3
    Oliver Walters
    DF
  • 4
    Matthew Longstaff (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Oisin McEntee
    DF
  • 6
    Isaac Gamblin
    DF
  • 7
    Thomas Allan
    MF
  • 8
    Mace Goodridge
    MF
  • 9
    Elias Sorensen
    FW
  • 10
    Kelland Watts
    MF
  • 11
    Adam Wilson
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Kurtis Russell
    SUB
  • 13
    Otto Huuhtanen
    SUB
  • 14
    Keiren Aplin
    SUB
  • 15
    Jack Young
    SUB
  • 16
    Jude Swales
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Dave Watson

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David Wright: We're targeting a fast start

6 February 2018

David Wright says his Under-18s have learned from their past mistakes and are now targeting a quick start in their FA Youth Cup fifth round tie on Wednesday night.

City’s youngsters take on Newcastle United at Carrow Road in the next round having knocked out Barnsley and Derby County in previous rounds.

In both those matches, City have found themselves trailing at half-time but Wright says his team will come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders on Wednesday.

“We’ve scored plenty of goals and obviously in the last round, it was a very up-and-down game,” admitted Wright.”

“To be fair to the boys, they kept their composure and in the end, ended up going through quite comfortably.

“It’s definitely a big occasion for the boys. From all the games we’ve been in, myself and Alan [Neilson, assistant coach] haven’t needed to rev it up at all. The boys rev it up themselves.

“With it being at Carrow Road, it’s very emotional because in terms of playing on stages like this, quite a lot of them are inexperienced in that sense.

“I’d expect as we move forward, instead of waiting 45 minutes to get going like we have done, the boys take responsibility individually and collectively right from the first whistle to go and express themselves.

“There’s nothing to be scared of – they’re very good footballers and that’s why they play for this club.”

Despite their slow starts, Wright had been impressed by the character his players have shown to dig in and fight to stay in the competiton.

“They’ve stayed in the games,” he added. “They haven’t played like they could have done from the start but they’ve stayed in games. The game has never been taken away from them.

“Full credit to the boys as individuals and a collective. They have got that character and they will dig in and fight for each other, which is great.”

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Under-18s through to FA Youth Cup quarter-finals

7 February 2018

Norwich City Under-18s made it through to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup after a pulsating 4-3 victory over Newcastle United at Carrow Road.

Newcastle struck twice early on but City responded just before half-time when Anthony Spyrou’s strike eventually went over the line.

City turned the game around in the second half thanks to goals from Timi Odusina and Alan Fleming but the visitors sent the game to extra-time in the dying embers after Adam Wilson found the net.

But Spyrou struck in extra-time to send City into the next round to set up another home tie against either Bury or Birmingham City.

City started the better of the two sides but it was their opponents who went closest to opening the scoring. The Canaries were indebted to captain Alfie Payne who was in the right place at the right time to clear a header from underneath his own crossbar.

It was then Aaron Ekumah’s turn to keep the scores level as he prevented the ball going in after Thomas Allan had crossed for Adam Wilson.

City were a real threat on the counter attack in the opening stages with Spyrou and Idah threatening in-behind the visiting defence. Spyrou crossed for Fleming on 23 minutes but he couldn’t get a good enough connection on his effort.

Newcastle took control of the first-half two minutes later. Watts’ initial strike was saved by Dante Baptiste but the midfielder managed to nod home the rebound to open the scoring.

Allan forced Baptiste into action once again before City went close twice in quick succession. Idah managed to spin his marker and make Daniel Langley produce a good save before Spyrou’s rebound was cleared off the line by Oisin McEntee.

Newcastle added to their lead on 40 minutes when Sorensen nodded home Matthew Longstaff’s free-kick but City responded on the stroke of half-time. Isak Thorvaldsson’s superb through ball was latched on to by Spyrou and although his effort was tipped onto the crossbar, the ball managed to spin over the line.

It took City until midway through the second-half to break through the Newcastle defence. A neat move involving Aarons, Bilal Kamal and substitute Finlay Barnes resulted in Aarons being prevented by Langley at his near post.

From the following corner, City managed to get themselves level. Payne’s near-post delivery was flicked home by Odusina as he scored for the second Youth Cup game in a row. City threatened again from a set-piece moments later but this time, Idah could only nod the ball wide of goal from a similar Payne delivery.

Remarkably, City completed the comeback on 81 minutes. Allan had hit the post for Newcastle at one end but Payne released Fleming storming forward. The winger showed superb composure to nutmeg the defender and coolly finish past Langley.

City looked set for the quarter-finals but Newcastle managed to equalise right at the death as Wilson cut in and fired low past Baptiste to send the game into extra-time.

Both sides had their chances in extra-time but when push came to shove, City had the cutting edge. The decisive moment came on 101 minutes when Idah’s effort was palmed away by Langley but Spyrou was on hand to fire home and send the Canaries into the next round.

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