FA Youth Cup campaign begins at Watford for Norwich City Under-18s

Rhys Brown scores his side's only goal as Norwich City U18s are beaten 3-1 by Watford at Vicarage Ro

Rhys Brown scores his side's only goal as Norwich City U18s are beaten 3-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road in the FA Youth Cup fourth round in 2013/14. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City Under-18s begin their FA Youth Cup campaign at Watford tonight, with new coach David Wright looking to make an immediate impact.

The young Canaries will be in action at Vicarage Road (7pm) as they look to try and repeat City's success in the competition in recent years.

Players including the Murphy twins, Harry Toffolo and Carlton Morris led Norwich to FA Youth Cup glory in 2013 – leaving City as the only team to have lifted the trophy other than Chelsea in the past four seasons.

Last term Graeme Murty led the 2016 squad to the quarter-finals, with wins over Hull, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, before being beaten 2-0 by the expensively assembled youngsters of Manchester City.

Looking ahead to the game, Wright told City's official website. 'I am looking forward to it. If you asked me about a game I played in the reserves in 1996, I wouldn't have a clue but if you ask me about the FA Youth Cup, I can recall the games. That's how special it is to the young boys, but we need to make sure we turn up and perform.


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'It will be a tough one. We've watched a few bits and pieces of Watford, and their formation is likely to be one that the boys haven't played against too much

'We'll respect what they're good at, but we need to concentrate on us and what we're good at, our real attributes within the team.'

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