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FA YOUTH CUP PREVIEW: THE PLAYERS' PERSPECTIVE

2 February 2016

Young duo look ahead to Carrow Road clash

NORWICH City's Under-18s are determined to shine in the Carrow Road spotlight when they face Middlesbrough in the FA Youth Cup fifth round on Wednesday (7pm).

That's according to captain Joe Crowe and midfielder Todd Cantwell, who are also calling on City's fans to back the team in typically impressive numbers for a significant game in the youngsters' careers.

Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk at Colney Training Centre, Crowe said: "It’s a competition the Club has won in recent years, so we’re hoping we can put a good show.

"The supporters are fantastic every time we’re at Carrow Road, which really helps to drive on the team. We’ll work as hard as we can to try and get the result needed to progress to the next round.


"To lead the boys out as captain is great. I've played in the Under-21s this season, and that's certainly helped me in terms of being able to help guide others as much as possible.

"A lot of the boys have experience of playing at Carrow Road already, so it's our responsibility to help along those who haven't had that yet."

While Crowe joined City's Academy setup as recently as 2014, Cantwell is one of a number of Graeme Murty's squad who were brought into the Club at a young age by Youth Recruitment Officer Colin Watts.

The creative playmaker struck superbly against Hull City in the third round, curling a stunning effort into the top-corner to complete a 3-1 victory late on.  

"It would be special to do something like that at Carrow Road, and hopefully I can bring something on the night," said the 17-year-old as he reflected on a memorable goal.


"I've been at Norwich for quite a long time now so it's enjoyable to be playing in a competition where we can make a name for ourselves. The FA Youth Cup is a big tournament, and we're looking to go as far as possible.

"We're expecting a hard game against Middlesbrough because they knocked out Tottenham, who are a good team, in the last round. We know they're going to press hard so we have to look after the ball when we have it.

"Playing away in the last two rounds has been tough, but now we're at home. We would massively appreciate the support from fans and hopefully they can help us to get through."

Tickets for the game are priced at £2 for adults and 50p for under-17s, and can be purchased ONLINE, by phone on 0844 826 1902 and from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall and Chapelfield.



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