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U18s PREVIEW: BRIGHTON

7 January 2016

City return to action against the Seagulls

GRAEME Murty says his Under-18s team need to ‘hit the ground running’ after their Christmas break, with Saturday’s visit of Brighton & Hove Albion (11am) kicking off an important week.

City’s youngsters return to action after their short mid-season interlude to take on the Seagulls, with next Wednesday’s FA Youth Cup Fourth Round clash at Sunderland to follow quickly after.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Murty outlined his expectations for the group as they start the second half of their campaign.

“First and foremost I’m looking for good physical condition and good application,” he said.

“Against Brighton I’m expecting a similar type of game to what we had down there. A good footballing game, a physical challenge but I’m expecting our players to go and relish that kind of game.

“I want them to go and give it full throttle basically, because we haven’t got a lot of time to waste between now and the FA Youth Cup, and the second-years have got their decisions coming up so I’m expecting them to hit the ground running.”

Murty is keen to stop his players from focussing too much on next week’s cup tie, revealing that he’s far from decided on his selection for the trip to Wearside where they will play at Sunderland’s 49,000-capacity Stadium of Light.

He insists Brighton’s the priority for now, adding: “It starts Saturday. The boys had a drop-in day on the 30th (December) where they all came in and trained very well, but it started this week where we go and crack on at Brighton.

“The players need to stake a place for the FA Youth Cup team because that team is not picked yet and they need to realise that. Shirts are up for grabs.

“People who think they have them still need to perform that level, and people who think they might not have them will need to go and make sure that when I go to make my decision, their name is first on my lips.”

CANARIES' FORM
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
W – 3-4 v West Ham United (A) 21/11/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League

LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v Fulham)
Oxborough; Ramsay (Syme, 75), Lewis, Pollock, Odusina, Wallis, Couzens (Black, 79), Sambu (Aransibia, 45), Ashley-Seal, Kamal, McIntosh. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK).



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