Coach wants victory on the night to book final spotNEIL ADAMS insists his Norwich City Under-18s team will be going all-out to win in this evening’s FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest.
The young Canaries hold a 1-0 advantage from last week’s opening tie at the City Ground, but Adams says they won’t be resting on their laurels and fully intend to see the tie out and earn a first appearance in the Final of the competition for 30 years.
“We’re going to go for the win. It was a great result for us last time and it gives us a good start, but we’re capable of better,” said Adams in his press conference at Colney Training Centre on Monday.
“If you start thinking of holding onto leads, you could shoot yourselves in the foot. From the start the objective was to win both legs.
“We won the first leg and we’ll certainly be going out to win the second leg. From the off we’ll be treating it as a normal game.”
City skipper Cameron McGeehan also spoke to the gathered media and admitted tonight’s tie is probably the biggest of his and the rest of his team-mates’ short careers to date.
“We’ve all been working so hard in our careers so far, and this is the pinnacle of youth football,” he explained.
“To be playing at Carrow Road in front of hopefully a big crowd will be great. We’ll enjoy it but we’ll also work hard and try and get the right result as well.
Adams added: “It’s a fantastic achievement to get here. We always target to try and get as far as possible in the FA Youth Cup – it’s the one big competition that you want to get in far in and do well in.
“I think it’s important to highlight the importance of the support we’ve had from the first-team, the management, the players, the Academy Manager Ricky Martin – when you’ve got everybody pulling together like that, it doesn’t half help.
“To have reached the last four is something we’re really proud of, as we were with the quarter-final.
“Now we’re in the semi-final, yes it’s a great achievement but now getting to the final is the objective so that’s certainly what we’re focussing on.”
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