Norwich City target Burnley scalp in FA Youth Cup duel

Former Norwich City player David Wright leads the Canaries into FA Youth Cup battle at Burnley on Fr

Former Norwich City player David Wright leads the Canaries into FA Youth Cup battle at Burnley on Friday. Picture: Ady Kerry / AK Pictures - Credit: Ady Kerry

Norwich City Under-18s' chief David Wright is confident the young Canaries will not freeze on the big stage in Friday's FA Youth Cup fourth round tie at Burnley (KO 7pm).

City crushed Watford 5-1 in the previous round and the 2013 winners are in buoyant mood ahead of facing another Premier League club.

'They carried out our plan perfectly that day,' said Wright. 'I thought they were very good. Watford started 3-4-3, whereas Burnley are 4-4-2, like their first team who work hard and show real togetherness. I'm expecting a really tough game. We had an in-house game against Colchester recently so the boys have got some work into their legs. When the group gets on, it's a real extra. They're close-knit and that shows on occasions like this, so they're really looking forward to it, as are the coaching staff. Hopefully we turn up, perform to the best of our abilities and get a positive result.'

Wright has fond memories of playing in the prestigious competition.

'There's a real buzz about the group,' he told the club's official site. 'These games are different. Every player, myself included, remembers all their FA Youth Cup games because they're great occasions. My first time was as an U16, playing Leeds away who had one hell of a team. They had Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Wayne Bridge, Alan Smith and Harry Kewell, and the game was at Elland Road. It was my first experience of the competition and playing at main stadiums is the big thing, particularly when you're young. Being exposed to those grounds is a great experience.


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'Turf Moor is a good stadium, an old-fashioned stadium with a big pitch. Hopefully that will suit us with the pace and power we've got going forward.'

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