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1 December 2015

Manager and goalkeeper preview cup clash

Norwich City Under-18s begin their FA Youth Cup campaign on Wednesday when they face Hull City at North Ferriby United's Grange Lane ground (7pm).

The Canaries enter the competition at the round three stage, with coach Graeme Murty eagerly anticipating his side's involvement in the tournament. 

Speaking to Norwich City TV ahead of the game, the 41-year-old said: "I'm really looking forward to it and I know the players are as well, so I'm excited to see how they handle it.

"It's a real occasion, and an exciting competition to be involved. We'll concentrate on what we do as usual, although will look at Hull slightly more in-depth than we would for a normal league game.

"I've got carte blanche to use whatever team I want, although obviously we have a couple of long-term injuries. The team hasn't picked itself; everyone knows shirts are still there to be taken.

"It will be interesting to see how they react when the side is announced on Tuesday. A lot of our players have had experience of playing for the Under-21s this season, which I don't think you can underplay.

"Coming up against older and stronger players, and dealing with the intensity of those matches, is going to stand them in good stead heading into this kind of competition."

A number of City youngsters can draw on previous experience of the FA Youth Cup, with several involved in last year's defeat at Doncaster.

Those include goalkeeper Aston Oxborough, who is eyeing an extended run this season as he explained: "A lot of us played last year and were disappointed at our early exit.

"We'll use that experience to help us this time around. This year represents another opportunity for us so we're looking forward to it.

"It's the biggest Under-18s competition there is, so it's massive to be involved in. We need to make the most of the chance to earn our place in the next round and hopefully play at a league stadium.

"Everyone is feeling positive and we're confident, although it will be a tough game as Hull will be up for it. We'll take it one round at a time and see what happens." 

L – 3-2 v Swansea City (A) 28/11/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League  
W – 3-4 v West Ham United (A) 21/11/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League  
L – 1-2 v Aston Villa (H) 14/11/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League
L – 2-3 v Arsenal (H) 07/11/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League 
L – 7-0 v Chelsea (A) 31/10/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League  

LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v Swansea City)
Oxborough; Syme (Couzens, 55), Lewis, Pollock (Aransibia, 77), Wallis, Ellesley, McIntosh (Black, 55), Sambu, Ashley-Seal, Cantwell, Middleton. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK), Walters.

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