Photo Gallery: Neil Adams hails fans as Norwich City clinch FA Youth Cup success
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Norwich City's Under-18s chief Neil Adams dedicated the club's FA Youth Cup success last night to the club's travelling support.
More than 3,000 helped roar the Canaries to a 4-2 aggregate win over previous holders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to lift their first trophy at this level since 1983.
Jeremie Boga had cancelled out City's 1-0 first leg lead but Adam Nditi's own goal and Cameron McGeehan's penalty nudged them back in front before the interval and Josh Murphy slotted a late match-winning third. Boga's close range consolation three minutes from the end of normal time failed to dampen the wild celebrations that erupted at the final whistle in front of the packed away end.
'It's a fantastic achievement. I can't really put into words what it means to us all,' said Adams. 'We have worked our socks off to get this far and as we said all along with the quality and organisation we have, we have always got a chance. Chelsea have top drawer players and if you are going to get something from these teams you have to have something about you. We took inspiration from the German teams and Wigan winning the FA Cup and it shows you if you work hard just what can happen.
'To get 22,000 for a first leg at Carrow Road is mind-boggling. That is the Norwich City fans for you but they have paid their money and travelled down here again in such numbers for a night game. I'm sure there are people here at Stamford Bridge who have witnessed some massive games over the years – we probably brought as many down as Barcelona did a few years ago when (Andres) Iniesta smashed one in the top corner and this is under-18s – but that is our fans for you.'
First team manager Chris Hughton led the tributes to the club's FA Youth Cup winners: 'It was amazing,' he said. 'There are a lot of celebrations going on in that changing room and it probably won't hit them what they have achieved for a day or two. To go through the rounds we have and the teams we have played, they have been absolutely brilliant.
'They had to weather a storm as well because Chelsea have some really clever and gifted footballers but once we did that I felt we caught them numerous times on the break. We could have made it a little bit more comfortable for ourselves but it was an outstanding achievement.'