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Sam Blair: It’s such an exciting tournament

17 December 2020

Under-18s goalkeeper Sam Blair is looking forward to his team’s FA Youth Cup clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, describing the tournament as exciting.

The Under-18s travel to St George’s Park for the fixture, which was originally to be played at Wolves’ Molineux Stadium.

Speaking on the game ahead, Blair says the young Canaries are well prepared and eager for the clash against Wolves, the goalkeeper having kept his first clean sheet of the season against West Ham just a week ago.

“Everyone’s buzzing, I love cup games, everyone enjoys it. Obviously, this is my third year in the Youth Cup now, I played when I was in the U16s as well. It’s such an exciting tournament.

“It helps going to West Ham the week before, winning 3-0 and getting a clean sheet, the first of the season. Everyone is super excited.

“I’ve been out for a couple of weeks with a thumb injury, so I was feeling my way back in against West Ham, going into my first game back with a clean sheet.”

Blair is one of, if not the most, experienced player in the U18s squad when it comes to the FA Youth Cup and for him it’s the perfect chance to play with completely new experiences and have another shot at lifting the trophy.

“I’ve been there quite a while, but every year it’s exciting, new teams, new grounds and different players to play against.

“It’ll be great to play on a new pitch, a new surface and different surroundings. The tournament win was done in 2013 with the Norwich squad, so it is possible!”

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