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28 February 2016

Coach looks for 'energy and belief' in quarter-final meeting

GRAEME Murty wants his Under-18s to produce another show of character when they face Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals on Monday (7pm).

City's youngsters reached this stage courtesy of a incredible fightback from 4-1 down to defeat Middlesbrough in the previous round, eventually progressing at the end of extra-time.

Murty believes nights such as that have fuelled belief within the camp, and told Norwich City TV: "I've learned that deep down within them they've found something they can rely on when they're really under pressure.

"They have shown their ability to dig themselves out of a hole by trusting each other. Against Middlesbrough they came together and created something which was very special.

"Hopefully that will give them real energy and belief going into Manchester City. We've got some good players, who make the job of coaching very simple at times.

"What they need to understand is that while we must maximise our own threats, we need to be conscious of threats posed to ourselves. As a staff, it's down to us to give them that information and do good work on the training field.

"By doing that we can ensure they go onto the pitch as prepared as possible."

The Canaries boast recent pedigree in the competition, having famously lifted the trophy in 2013 - being the only team other than Chelsea to do so in the past four years.

That success provides a useful outlet according to Murty, who explained: "The players can benefit from that, because there's first-hand experience for them to draw upon.

"All they have to do is walk into the changing rooms and speak to players who were in their position a few years ago. Everyone at this Club are really close to one another, so we're really lucky in that regard.

"We'll certainly encourage the players to go and use that resource, with it being on-hand. I remember the 2013 group grew together as a team to surprise people, and that's the kind of thing we want to feed off."

L – 2-5 v Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 27/02/2016 - Barclays Under-18s Premier League 
D - 1-1 v Reading (H) 20/02/2016 - Barclays U18s Premier League 
L - 0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (A) 13/02/2016 - Barclays U18s Premier League
W – 5-4 (AET) v Middlesbrough (H) 03/02/2016 - FA Youth Cup
W – 2-3 v Southampton (A) 30/01/2016 - Barclays U18s Premier League 

Entry to the game is FREE to Norwich season ticket holders, with supporters asked to show their season ticket on the gate on the day of the game.

Meanwhile, casual admission is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, with further information available HERE.

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