Preparation has been at its best ahead of Norwich City’s FA Youth Cup Final trip to Chelsea

Norwich City Under-18s manager Neil Adams is prepared for tonight's final. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norwich City Under-18s manager Neil Adams is prepared for tonight's final. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Pre-match preparations for Norwich City's FA Youth Cup campaign have been pitched almost at first team levels.

Team boss Neil Adams revealed that nothing had been left to chance at any stage of the competition with dossiers, DVDs, scouting missions and team meetings adding up to a thoroughly professional approach to the competition.

He said: 'We've prepared exactly the same for every game. Preparations are different from the league games. There is a lot more emphasis on the FA Youth Cup with it being such a prestigious competition.

'I've got dossiers in my office now on each of the opposition. For league games you watch DVDs, but we've planned and prepared almost to the degree the first team would. We have match reports, we have DVDs, we have scouts going to games and I've watched games myself.

'Chelsea is no different to Queens Park Rangers in the third round. You prepare the best you possibly can and then you've got no excuses.


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'I think if you don't do that, you're probably not doing your job properly.

'At least, come the end of the game, we know we've done our work.

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'There will be one or two key reminders, we'll have a little team meeting in the hotel before the game where we just reinforce one or two of the tactical points that we're hoping to get out of it. And then it's down to them.'

Adams said a two-week break between the two legs had helped City.

'We had one or two knocks, one or two who are not 100pc fit and if the game had been similar to the Forest game, with six days between the legs, we may have been in a little bit of trouble.

'The downside is you have not had a game, not had league action, not had 90 minutes, but in truth, it's probably been beneficial for us.

'They're just knocks and bruises, a couple of sprained ankles and things like that, but had the game been quite soon it might have been touch and go.'

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