Derby win puts Norwich City kids in cup mood

Norwich City academy chief Ricky Martin wants the young Canaries to make home advantage count in tonight's FA Youth Cup third round tie against Oldham at Carrow Road (7pm).

City's next generation warmed up for the Latics' visit with a thumping 3-0 derby win over their Ipswich counterparts at the weekend and Martin is urging the club's under-18s to perform again on the big stage.

'The FA Youth Cup is really important for under-18s football, and certainly for the second years. They know it's their last season playing in the Youth Cup so it's really special,' he said.

'It's lovely to be at home to Oldham. We wouldn't want to have to travel all that way to their stadium, so it's lovely to be at Carrow Road, and it will be an interesting game.

'They'll have played two or three games already just to get to the stage we're joining at. We've had to come in at the third round so Oldham will be coming in with a bit of momentum, so we'll have to be aware of that, and we'll be doing all our homework to find out a little bit about them.

'We'll prepare properly as we would do for any youth game, and give our lads the opportunity to progress, and that's all we're looking to do.'

The Latics have beaten Rochdale and edged out Macclesfield in a penalty shoot-out last month to earn a trip to Carrow Road.

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The Canaries have a decent recent pedigree in the national competition. A side featuring the likes of Declan Rudd and Korey Smith reached the quarter-finals in 2008/09 before losing to eventual winners Manchester City.

Matt Ball's goal saw them beat Charlton at this stage of the competition 12 months ago before losing at Fulham in the next round.

Norwich go into tonight's tie fresh from a comprehensive win over Ipswich at Colney, with powerful forward Jamar Loza on target twice after skipper Taylor McKenzie had given the young Canaries an early lead.

'At times we looked really dangerous and had lots of opportunities to score and probably could have scored more,' Martin told the club's official site. 'We looked a good threat from corners, and the delivery was first class.

'It was a dominant performance and I was pleased we were ruthless in defence. I thought whatever they threw at us, Remi Matthews and the back four dealt with that quite well.'

Admission prices this evening are �2 per person with tickets available from the ticket office up until kick-off or by ringing 0844 8261902.

Extra-time and penalties will follow tonight if the game is level at 90 minutes.