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DAVID WRIGHT'S FA YOUTH CUP PREVIEW

5 January 2017

Young Canaries travel to Burnley in fourth round

NORWICH City Under-18s boss David Wright has challenged his side to build on their last outing in the FA Youth Cup when they visit Burnley in the fourth round on Friday evening (7pm).

A comprehensive 5-1 victory over Watford at the third round stage set up the tie at Turf Moor, with The Clarets having progressed courtesy of a 2-0 triumph over Bradford.  

"It was an excellent performance and we're looking to give the boys the information they need to do that again," Wright told canaries.co.uk.

"They carried out our plan perfectly that day, and I thought they were very good. Watford started 3-4-3, whereas Burnley are 4-4-2; an image of their first team who work hard and show real togetherness.

"I'm expecting a really tough game. We had an in-house game against Colchester recently so the boys have got some work into their legs.

"When the group gets on, it's a real extra. They're close-knit and that shows on occasions like this, so they're really looking forward to it, as are the coaching staff.

"Hopefully we turn up, perform to the best of our abilities and get a positive result.

Wright believes the competition will always remain a special one in English football, and added: "You can see the difference building up to an FA Youth Cup game, there's a real buzz about the group.

"These games are different, as much as you try to normalise them. Every player, myself included, remembers all their FA Youth Cup games because they're great occasions.

"My first time was as an Under-16, playing Leeds away who had one hell of a team. They had Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Wayne Bridge, Alan Smith and Harry Kewell, and the game was at Elland Road.

"It was my first experience of the competition and playing at main stadiums is the big thing, particularly when you're young. Being exposed to those grounds is a great experience.

"Turf Moor is a good stadium, an old-fashioned stadium with a big pitch. Hopefully that will suit us with the pace and power we've got going forward."



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