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David Wright: FA Youth Cup experience is invaluable

10 January 2018

David Wright believes his Under-18s have learned from their last outing at Carrow Road as they get ready for their FA Youth Cup fourth round tie with Derby County.

City beat Barnsley 4-1 in the third round in December but started slowly and found themselves a goal down at half-time.

However, Wright says every experience the FA Youth Cup throws up can only benefit his young stars.

“This is a big competition for the boys,” he said, speaking to the local press ahead of the match.

“They build it up themselves. Me and Alan [Neilson, assistant coach] don’t have to do anything. We try and bring them back down almost.

“It’s a special competition and the boys would love to do well.

“It’s very important for the boy in terms of their development. They end up playing at stadiums under lights so that’s a total different experience altogether.

“We end up playing teams who are not in our league; Barnsley and Derby don’t play in our league.

“Then you add the pressure of the FA Youth Cup. If you put all that in the mix, it’s an excellent experience for the boys.”

City’s opponents, Derby, overcame Manchester United on penalties in the third round and Wright is well aware of the scale of the task his side faces at Carrow Road on Friday night (7pm).

“It’s going to be a very tough game,” he continued. “They don’t concede many goals at all. They’re very well drilled and they’re dangerous on the counter attack.

“They deserved to beat Manchester United. We need to make sure that we’re on it fright from minute one.

“They’ll be difficult to break down. We’ve had a look at them and how we’re going to hurt them but a lot of this week is based on our process and how we prepare our boys to go out there and perform.”

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