City U18s captain Payne hoping for a big Carrow Road crowd in FA Youth Cup fifth round
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The prospect of another home tie has Norwich City's under-18s squad hoping for a big Carrow Road crowd for the next stage of their FA Youth Cup adventure.
The young Canaries beat Derby County 4-2 after extra-time in a thrilling Carrow Road encounter on Friday night, in front of around 750 supporters.
That victory has teed up a fifth round tie against Crystal Palace or Newcastle United – who play their fourth round tie on Friday – which has to be played by Saturday, February 10.
'We love a home tie because we can get the fans down, everybody gets involved and we enjoy playing at Carrow Road,' City's U18s captain Alfie Payne said.
'There's nothing better than that for us, getting to play in front of your home crowd, so we're all looking forward to that already.
'Now it's the fifth round, one game off the quarter-finals, you hope that more and more people will start getting into it and hopefully come down to watch us, because the more people the better for us, it gets us going and we can play for the crowd.'
David Wright's team hit back twice in normal time thanks to an Alan Fleming strike and a Bilal Kamal penalty but needed a penalty save from Ryan Dickerson and a goal-line clearance from Aaron Ekumah to take the game to extra-time, when goals from Timi Odusina and Anthony Spyrou finished the job.
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'It was a very intense game,' 18-year-old Payne continued. 'As soon as we got in the dressing room we were very happy, celebrating the win, as we should.
'120 minutes is a long time to play football for but everyone did well, carried on going and got the result in the end. So everyone's very happy with that.'
Of Dickerson's crucial penalty save deep into second half injury-time the midfielder continued: 'It was massive, the boy's done so well there.
'Derby went to penalties in the last round so maybe he's seen that, knows where the boy's going to go, gone the right way, saved the penalty and kept us in the game at the end. So everyone was giving him a pat on the back in the changing room'