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U18s PREVIEW: LEICESTER

4 December 2015

Coach wants side to kick on from Tigers victory

GRAEME Murty has been impressed by the reaction of his entire Under-18s squad ahead of them hosting Leicester City at Colney Training Centre on Saturday (12pm).

An excellent performance away to Hull City on Wednesday saw the young Canaries progress to the FA Youth Cup fourth round, with Murty highlighting their 'mature' display.

That result has seen a zip in training in the build-up to facing the Foxes, and Murty told canaries.co.uk: "Spirits are high following the win in midweek.

"It's an interesting dynamic because people who didn't start in the Youth Cup feel they have a point to prove. They all did the same preparation so were unfortunate to miss out.

"Now they want to stake a claim and it's up to them to prove they can match the intensity and quality shown on Wednesday. That means I've got a lot of hungry young men who are desperate to do well.

"As a coach, it's a nice position to be in. The game represents an opportunity for all the players to stake a game again."

With the youngsters approaching their third fixture in the space of a week, Murty reserved special praise for the efforts of his backroom team.

"Our medical staff have done a wonderful job, not only in terms of rehabbing injured players but also making sure everyone is conditioned properly," the 41-year-old coach explained.

"They've made sure we've had as many players available, in as many positions, as possible. Everything we do looks at individual needs, so they do fantastic work.

"We build specific programmes for each individual, based on the work that they do. They really are the unsung heroes, because they're a vital part of what we're trying to do."

CANARIES' FORM   
W – 1-3 v Hull City (A) 02/12/2015 - FA Youth Cup
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 

LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v Hull City)
Oxborough; Syme, Crowe (c), Ellesley (Wallis, 81), Lewis; Pollock; Sambu; Couzens (McIntosh, 90), Cantwell, Middleton; Ashley-Seal. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK), Black, Fleming. 



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