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Under-18s full of confidence ahead of FA Youth Cup

6 December 2017

Assistant Head Coach Alan Neilson says his Under-18s are more than ready to begin their FA Youth Cup campaign next week.

Neilson and Head Coach David Wright will lead their young Canaries into battle against Barnsley in the third round on next Tuesday (7pm) at Carrow Road.

The youngsters are currently 10th in the U18 Premier League and have qualified for the knockout phase of the Premier League Cup after finishing top of Group C.

Speaking ahead of their Youth Cup bow, Neilson said: “We’ve done well this season. Probably in the league, the results haven’t justified the performances as we haven’t picked up as many points as we probably would have liked.

“In the Cup, we’ve done really well. We’ve got seven points out of nine. Last Saturday was a great game for us, drawing 2-2 with Manchester City. The lads will be going into the match in good form.”

The Canaries have a rich recent history in the Youth Cup.

Many supporters will remember the victorious team of 2013, featuring the likes of Josh and Jacob Murphy, Carlton Morris and Cameron McGeehan, who beat Chelsea over two legs to win the competition that year.

Neilson hopes this year’s group can emulate their predecessors.

“We’ve got pictures all around Colney [of the 2013 win] so the lads are well aware of how well we’ve done in the competition in the past.

“Every year we think we can do well in it so this year we’ll aim to get over the first hurdle, go on a run and see where the draw takes us.”

“It will be absolutely superb to see as many fans as possible down there to cheer the lads on.”

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