Never-say-die City U18s relishing another chance to shine at Carrow Road in FA Youth Cup quarter-final
PUBLISHED: 12:18 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 08 February 2018
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Another chance to shine at Carrow Road has the Norwich City Under-18 squad eagerly waiting to find out who their next FA Youth Cup opponent will be.
The young Canaries beat Newcastle 4-3 in extra-time on Wednesday night, coming from behind to progress, just as they had done against Barnsley and Derby in the previous rounds.
David Wright’s squad now have to wait until next Friday to learn if they will play Bury or Birmingham in the last eight – but know it will be at their home stadium, before Saturday, March 3.
“I’ve only been at the club a year or so and I’m told we hadn’t had a home draw for years and then all of a sudden we’ve got four on the bounce, so that’s great,” Wright said.
“It gives us a good advantage, the fans will come down and get behind us, which is great for the boys to play in that kind of atmosphere, so hopefully we’ll go into that game and perform like we can.”
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The Magpies were 2-0 up before Anthony Spyrou crucially halved the deficit just before half-time, with goals from Timi Odusina and Alan Fleming then leaving City on the verge of victory.
They were pegged back in the third minute of injury-time however and needed forward Spyrou to reclaim the lead 11 minutes into extra-time to earn a dramatic victory.
Wright continued: “Obviously they’re extremely happy that we’re through and, to be honest with you, with how the run has gone up to now it shows real character, individually and as a collective as well.
“They’re not going to lay down and die, they’re going to have a go, and to be fair to them they’ve done it three times on the bounce now – but let’s hope we’ve put that to bed now and we get cracking from the first whistle.”
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City’s U18s boss also praised youngster Dante Baptiste for stepping up with keepers Jon McCracken, Ryan Dickerson and Fergal Hale-Brown all unavailable.
“He’s under-16, Dante,” Wright added. “So he came in and to be honest with you, we’ve had two now who haven’t played a lot, Ryan (Dickerson) got his opportunity and did really well and then Dante’s come in and I thought he did very well. His distribution and kicking, he bypassed their press numerous times.”
The Canaries also know their prospective semi-final opponents will be against the winner of Fulham’s quarter-final against Tottenham or Chelsea, with City hosting the first leg if they reach the last four for the first time since winning the competition in 2013.