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24 January 2014

U18s prepare to take on Hornets in FA Youth Cup

NEIL Adams is expecting a very different challenge to the Preston game in the previous round when his Under-18s take on Watford in the FA Youth Cup on Saturday (1pm).

His side struggled to cope with North End’s direct style back in December, but they did eventually run out 6-1 winners after an impressive turnaround in extra-time.

Adams has done his scouting on this weekend’s opposition and is looking forward to a more familiar test for his cup holders.

“Watford are more of a ball-playing team who like to get the ball into feet and play through the thirds, so it will be a different game but one we’re used to.

“We tend to play against those sorts of sides every week in the Under-18s Premier League. Watford play that passing style so it should be a more easy on the eye style of game.

“The Preston game was a rude awakening for us, and the proof from that will be us hopefully not taking 90 minutes to get going again on Saturday.”

Adams admits his players have been pushing harder than ever to try and make an impression ahead of the match at Vicarage Road, saying there’s been a positive atmosphere at Colney.

“There always is. They’re always trying to catch the eye that little bit more, but I think that’s the same at first-team level as well,” he added when speaking exclusively to Norwich City TV.

“I’ll defy anybody to not have that extra spring in their step. There’s more press and everything, so the players sense there’s something around the corner, and there is because the FA Youth Cup is as big as it gets at this level.”

On a potential Fifth Round home tie with Liverpool, he commented: “It’s a huge incentive and it would be a huge challenge, but I would never give Watford the disrespect of planning for the next round because us more than anyone know that if we don’t plan right for this game, then there will be no game against Liverpool.”

For those wishing to make the journey to Vicarage Road to support the lads, tickets will be priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

We will be providing extensive coverage of Saturday's Fourth Round clash across and our official Twitter and Facebook pages.

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