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GRAEME MURTY: A MASSIVE SHOW OF CHARACTER

3 February 2016

City youngsters set up Man City clash

NORWICH City Under-18s manager Graeme Murty hailed his side after they booked their place in the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals with an eventual 5-4 triumph over Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening.

The Canaries youngsters produced an incredible comeback at Carrow Road to force extra-time from 4-1 down when Louis Ramsay struck magnificently late on, before Todd Cantwell's 103rd minute winner sent them through.

"I said to the players at half-time to show belief and character," the 41-year-old said after the game.

"When we conceded the fourth it was a real test of whether they had it in them. We can help them with that, but no amount of coaching or support from fans can give it to them.

"They answered that resoundingly, and Louis' goal was an outstanding finish to bring us level. From then, anything could happen and it was the kind of goal which would have knocked the confidence from grown professionals.

"It gave our guys an extra yard, and we've got the eventual reward of facing Manchester City away."

In the wake of overseeing a performance full of spirit, Murty was eager to spread the praise across the entirety of his squad.

"Each and every one of them who stepped onto the pitch showed fantastic character and grit," he explained.

"For their development, it could be a watershed moment. I also want to give a special mention to Timi Odusina who played centre-back as a 15-year-old for 120 minutes.

"He's normally used to playing 80 minutes, so deserves a massive pat on the back for what he did. The boys have earned their game against Manchester City, and they know the levels they can go to.

"If they show the heart they did against Middlesbrough then they're capable of anything."



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