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U18s PREVIEW: SWANSEA

26 November 2015

Seize the opportunity, says Academy coach

GRAEME Murty has called on his Under-18s players to 'earn' their individual FA Youth Cup places when they visit Swansea City on Saturday (11am).

City's youngsters travel to Wales in the Barclays Under-18s Premier League this weekend, ahead of Wednesday night's cup tie away to Hull.

With spots in his XI at North Ferriby remaining up for grabs, Murty told canaries.co.uk: "The players are raring to go and eager to stake a claim for next week.

"They know they're playing for their shirts so realise they need to perform. The shirts are there to be won, which is the mind-set going into Saturday.

"Those selected for Swansea have a chance to earn their shirt, which is the primary message I've delivered. Aside from long-term absentees, we have just about everyone available apart from Louis Ramsay."

Murty is making full use of contacts from his playing days ahead of facing the Swans, which represents the lengthiest away trip of the league season.

"It's a long journey, so we're going to break it up by travelling in the morning and train at Reading's facilities," the 41-year-old explained.

"If I'm not able to get a favour from them then I can't get a favour off anyone! We'll travel onto our hotel after training, because we didn't want them to be on a bus for eight hours.

"They need an opportunity to loosen their legs because we don't want any excuses after a good win last weekend. It's about them taking what they do in this environment into a different one at Reading.

"We're trying to polish a few things from the West Ham game, which is what we've covered in the build-up. The group are receptive to both criticism and praise, which they're continuing to work on.

"In those terms we're seeing more success than at the start of the year, which is pleasing."

CANARIES' FORM   
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  
D – 2-2 v Southampton (H) 24/10/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League

LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v West Ham United)
Oxborough; Syme, Lewis, Pollock (Boateng, 73), Wallis, Ellesley, Couzens, Sambu (Black, 60), Ashley-Seal, Kamal (Jaiyesimi, 63), McIntosh. Subs not used: Hale-Brown, Da Costa. 



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