Neil Adams - Carrow Road crowd will spur on Norwich City Under-18s in FA Youth Cup semi-final
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Norwich City's Under-18s chief Neil Adams insists his young Canaries will relish performing in front of a raucous Carrow Road home support in tonight's FA Youth Cup, semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest (7.45pm).
More than 7,000 tickets have been sold in advance with Norwich potentially just 90 minutes from reaching their first final in the prestigious competition since lifting the trophy in 1983. Reece Hall-Johnson's late winner at the City Ground last week tilted the tie in the Canaries' favour and Adams now wants the home support to play their part.
'We will use the crowd to spur us on,' he said. 'It's fantastic. I have been told that 6,500-plus have been sold already. If we can get even more then we are in for a great atmosphere.
'We talked about how the lads would handle the big occasion and I thought they passed that test at Goodison Park in the quarter-final with 3,000 or 4,000 and playing a club with that stadium and all the history. If people were going to freeze it might have been there but they were outstanding. The pleasing thing is all the lads have played at Carrow Road, maybe not in front of 6,000 plus, but I am pretty sure they will take it in their stride.'
Adams will send his young troops out with a simple message ahead of the high stakes occasion.
'We're still going all out for the win. The first leg result gives us a good start obviously but we are capable of better,' he said. 'I think that is the right way to go about it really. If you start thinking about holding onto leads it is 90 minutes and we could shoot ourselves in the foot. 'The objective at the start was to win both legs and we will be going all out to do that. Obviously later in the game we might have to manage that depending on the game and the score but certainly from the off it will be treated as a normal game and if we can get the first goal it gives us a great chance.'
City's young starlets can count on the support of Chris Hughton and his first team squad in their bid to reach a two-legged final against either Liverpool or Chelsea, with the young Blues 2-0 up after a first leg win at Anfield.
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'I know they are taking a big interest,' said Adams. 'They talk to these lads on a daily basis, they come and watch, and you don't get that at every club. Even prior to the previous round the manager moved his training session back for us to use the arena with the snow and the ice to help us with the planning. I think it is important to highlight the support we have had. The first team manager, the support staff, the first team players have all taken a huge interest in the game along with of course Ricky Martin and his staff. When you have everybody pulling like that it doesn't half help.'
• Extra-time and penalties will be played if the tie is level on aggregate after 90 minutes. Away goals do not count double in this competiton. Club officials have advised supporters to purchase tickets in advance for tonight's tie to avoid potential queues. Tickets are priced £2 per person and available through the club's usual ticket outlets or by calling 0844 8261902. Parking is available at the ground and at County Hall from 5:30pm, priced £2 per vehicle, on a first come, first served basis.