Chris Hughton looking for Norwich City’s youngsters to down Nottingham Forest in FA Youth Cup semi-final
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Chris Hughton is backing Norwich City's youngsters to produce the goods again in their televised two-legged FA Youth Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
Neil Adams' squad stunned Everton 4-2 at Goodison Park last week to set up a last-four showdown with Forest. City head to the City Ground tonight for the first leg (7.45pm kick-off) and Hughton plans to be in attendance.
'I'm really delighted for them,' he said. 'I'm disappointed that I couldn't go (to Everton) but I look forward to going to both of the semi-final matches. I think they've deserved it. I spoke to Neil and Ricky (Martin) late on Friday night and I think it was a victory we thoroughly deserved, so I'm really delighted for them. It also gives us an opportunity to get a decent crowd here for the semi-final. It's nice for the team, but it's also nice for us as a club and I just hope we can do well enough to get through to the final.'
Carlton Morris plundered a hat-trick to sink the Toffees and England youth international Josh Murphy was credited with four assists. City's teenage professional insists they can go all the way after an impressive quarter-final win on Merseyside.
'We've got this far so we may as well just go all out now. We have got a good enough team to do it,' Murphy told the club's official site. 'We beat a very good Everton side and all I would say is if we play as well as we did in that game there is no reason why we can't go all the way and win the cup. There were a few nerves going into the game because we knew they were the hardest team we had come across in the season so far. Everyone is excited about being on the television. Everyone is just buzzing – we have beaten a really good team and everyone is so delighted.
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'You could see what it meant to the lads and it was just an incredible match to be involved in. There was a spell of about 20 minutes when they were on top and we just battled through it. To get four assists is something else. I was just happy for the boys who scored. Carlton to get the three and obviously Jacob (Murphy) got one as well. It was a good team performance.'
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• Club officials have announced ticket prices for both legs of the semi-final, which will also be televised live on ITV4. Norwich supporters can pay on the gate at the City Ground tonight. Tickets are priced £3 per adult and £1 for under 16s. Coach travel is also available, priced £10 per person, with coaches scheduled to leave Carrow Road for the East Midlands at 2:45pm. The return leg will take place at Carrow Road on Tuesday, April 16 (7:45pm kick off). Norwich season ticket holders, current super members and 2013/14 priority members are entitled to free entry, but will need to claim a ticket from the ticket office in advance before 5pm this Friday. Tickets for non-season ticket holders and non super and priority members will cost £2 per person and are available through the club's usual outlets.