Norwich City’s Murphy boys ready to rumble in FA Youth Cup final at Chelsea
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Norwich's attacking twins Josh and Jacob Murphy insist the young Canaries will not be dazzled by the bright lights of Stamford Bridge.
Neil Adams' youngsters have risen to every challenge put in front of them on a fairytale FA Youth Cup run, and the club's youngest professionals have no doubts they will flourish in high class surroundings tonight against the holders.
'I've played at some good grounds, like Villa Park last season, but Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in England, if not Europe, and so playing at Stamford Bridge will be great. It will be great to take in the atmosphere,' said Josh. 'The cameras and the attention come with it. But we know as players we have to stay focused and do our jobs. We try to take things in our stride. The attention and the exposure just adds to the excitement if anything.'
Twin brother Jacob believes overcoming Nottingham Forest and Everton on their run to the club's first final appearance at this level in 30 years underlines the character within Adams' squad, who are likely to be backed by a superb 3,000 strong travelling support at Stamford Bridge.
'We needed them at Forest in the semis and even when we went down to 10 men against Forest at home,' he said. 'The boys relish that support and when you hear your name being chanted it gets you going. You just want to go that extra mile. We have been together a long time so we know each other well and to win the biggest youth tournament there is would be the icing on the cake. The coaches give us that drive, but it is also has to come from ourselves.
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'We are a very determined group of boys. We don't want to lose any games. We know the rewards of winning and that is what pushes us on even more.'
Both have featured regularly at development level for the club in a season capped by signing their first professional contracts, but Josh is adamant they have a long road ahead.
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'We just go out and do our thing and if we keep progressing how it has gone then we might one day be in the first team,' he said. 'It is not just us, it is the team. Without the team doing their part we would not have the ball to do our stuff so as much as people praise us, it's about the team. Everyone wants to be in the first team but we have to focus on the next step, which is the FA Youth Cup, then I am away with England under-18s, and then I'll come back after the summer and focus on the next goal.'
Jacob is well aware that much of the attention during the club's FA Youth Cup run has inevitably focused on Norwich's talented wide duo.
'It's nice that everyone gets hyped every now and then about us but we try not to let it go to our heads and we know we have to still go about our business. Staying focus is the main thing,' he said.