Norwich City Under-18s get chance to prove their class in FA Youth Cup semi-final

Norwich City players celebrate one of hat-trick hero Carlton Morris' goals in the 4-2 win at Everton. City face a...

Norwich City players celebrate one of hat-trick hero Carlton Morris' goals in the 4-2 win at Everton. City face a semi-final first leg trip to Nottingham tonight. Picture: Andrew Teebay - Credit: Archant

Norwich City's Under-18s chief Neil Adams insists the Canaries will go all out for the win in tonight's televised FA Youth Cup semi-final, first leg tie at Nottingham Forest (7.45pm).

City have the insurance of a Carrow Road return next week, but Adams is demanding the same potent intent as they showed in an impressive 4-2 quarter-final win at Everton.

'They're a very good side and I'm sure it will be a tough one,' he said. 'It will be a bit of a difference as it is two legs. I've not come up against that as a coach yet. I did many times as a player and you just treat it as two individual games and try to win both.

'You're up against it, but when you get to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup it's going to be a really tough ask, but we'll be confident, as indeed will Fores,t and I'm pretty sure we'll get two good games. It's great exposure and prestige for the academy and Norwich City and we're really proud of that.'

Adams knows the visitors possess plenty of firepower, with Carlton Morris firing a hat-trick on Merseyside and England youth internationals Josh and Jacob Murphy terrorising the Toffees down the flanks.

'At times they're unplayable,' said Adams. 'I've known them since they were 12 years old and I've coached them for three, four, maybe five years now and there's a lot to develop in their game. We can all see what they can do with the ball, it's what they do without the ball and positional discipline and things like that we've been working really hard on.

'I said to them in the (Everton) dressing room, that's the sort of performance I'm talking about, because they can cause chaos when they've got the ball, but they did a shift for us defensively and that's what they're going to have to do if they want to go and play in the Premier League.'

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Chris Hughton is expected to be in attendance at the City Ground tonight and Adams believes reaching the latter stages of such a prestigious national competition is a perfect step in their long-term development.

'Of course that's the aim of the academy, to develop the players and we're really pleased how many we've got through into the first team over the years,' he said.

'There's this crop coming through now and if they're good enough and they're ready then fantastic if the manager wants them to play in his team, we'd like nothing more than that. They need to win games, but I think if we can get one or two through to be in or around that then we've done our jobs.'

• Norwich supporters can pay on the gate tonight. Tickets are £3 adults and £1 for under-16s. Coach travel is available, priced £10, with coaches scheduled to leave Carrow Road at 2.45pm. The return leg will take place at Carrow Road on Tuesday, April 16 (7.45pm kick off). Norwich season ticket holders, current super members and 2013/14 priority members are entitled to free entry, but will need to claim a ticket from the ticket office in advance before 5pm Friday. Tickets for non-season ticket holders and non super and priority members are £2 from the club's usual ticket outlets.

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