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28 November 2016

Under-18s meet with Watford in the third round

DAVID Wright admits FA Youth Cup games are always 'special', with his Under-18s team set to meet Watford in the third round on Tuesday (7pm).

The young Canaries, who drew 1-1 with Swansea City in the league at the weekend, kickstart their campaign in the historic knockout competition with a testing trip to Vicarage Road.

Speaking to, Wright said: "I am looking forward to it, they are special.

"If you asked me about a game I played in the reserves in 1996, I wouldn't have a clue but if you ask me about the FA Youth Cup, I can recall the games!

"That's how special it is to the young boys, but we need to make sure we turn up and perform.

"It will be a tough one. We've watched a few bits and pieces of Watford, and their formation is likely to be one that the boys haven't played against too much.

"We'll respect what they're good at, but we need to concentrate on us and what we're good at, our real attributes within the team."

City have recent pedigree in the competition, having famously beaten Chelsea over their two-legged final to lift the trophy in 2013.

Wright, who replaced Graeme Murty as coach of the group earlier this month, added: "The whole experience will be really good for the boys.

"There are different kinds of pressures as well, with it being knockout. It's different to the league format that we're in week-by-week.

"Overall the group has been very good. We've got some really, really talented players and we want to push on.

"Hopefully we'll perform at our best and we'll get a real positive result."

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