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Alfie Payne: The boys are so happy

12 January 2018

City’s Under-18s captain Alfie Payne applauded the spirit in the group as they beat Derby County 4-2 in the FA Youth Cup.

“It was an intense game,” he said. “The boys are so happy and we celebrated the win in the dressing room.

“Everyone showed what we’re made of from the second half, we all did well, kept going and got the win.”

City went into the break 2-1 down and were second best for the opening 45 minutes, which was acknowledged in the dressing room.

“We knew we had more to give at half-time, we had a few words and we turned up the intensity, put the pressure on and got the goals we deserved.

“We never gave up. When we got the lead we made sure we kept switched on in extra time.”

Norwich will play either Newcastle or Crystal Palace in the next round, the third successive tie at Carrow Road.

“We love a home tie, we love playing at Carrow Road in front of our own crowd and it gives us a real buzz,” he said. “We’re one game off the quarter-finals so you hope even more will turn up and come out to back us.”

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