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FA YOUTH CUP PREVIEW: SUNDERLAND

12 January 2016

'Do yourself justice', says Academy coach

GRAEME Murty wants his Under-18s team to seize the moment when they travel to Sunderland in the FA Youth Cup fourth round on Wednesday (7pm).

City's youngsters are set for a memorable evening at the 48,000-seater Stadium of Light, having progressed to this stage of the competition courtesy of an impressive 3-1 win over Hull.

Murty is looking for his players to rise to such an occasion, and exclusively told canaries.co.uk: "We want to make this year as special as we can.

"I always felt as a player that you only enjoyed these kinds of experiences if you did yourself justice. We're going to go into the game as prepared as possible.

"That will give as many players as possible the chance to play at their maximum for sustained periods. If they're able to produce what they're capable of, then it should be a good game."


Several among the young Canaries' ranks have experienced stadium football already this term, courtesy of the Club exposing them to Under-21s football early in their development.

That could prove beneficial according to Murty, who added: "We'll visit the ground beforehand, because the players need to know the environment.

"By doing that it won't be a shock to them when they walk out there. That's a really important part of the learning process for them.

"It's a step up in terms of the facilities we'll be playing in, and also in terms of opposition. Sunderland are a very good Academy team, but we'll be looking at the areas we can exploit.

"I'm confident it can be a good opportunity for the boys if they apply themselves in the manner they have throughout the season and hit their potential."

CANARIES' FORM
L – 1-2 v Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 09/01/2016 - Barclays U18s Premier League
L –  2-0 v Fulham (A) 19/12/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League 
W – 3-2 v Leicester City (H) 05/12/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League
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

LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v Brighton & Hove Albion)
Oxborough; Lattie, Lewis, Pollock, Wallis, Ellesley (Syme, 80), Ramsay, Sambu, Couzens, Black (c), Aransibia (Jaiyesimi, 60). Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK), Kamal.



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