With just one league defeat from their last six matches, Wolves under-18s turn their attention to their first match in this season’s FA Youth Cup and the visit of Norwich City.
Steve Davis’ side come into the game off the back of their first home defeat of the U18 Premier League North against league leaders Manchester United on Saturday but were on a run of five wins in a row before the tight 1-0 loss.
In their first outing of the 2020/21 FA Youth Cup this evening, Wolves host Norwich at the home of the England national team, St George’s Park, having reached the fifth round of the competition last season.
The Canaries, who are currently sat in eighth position in the U18 Premier League South, have had a mixed season so far, with two wins, two losses and a draw from their last five league ties, but did have a morale boosting 3-0 win against West Ham United at the weekend.
With the game to be played behind closed doors, supporters can still catch all the action live from Burton on Wolves TV.
The match will be streamed online from 7pm, with the full match stream and live commentary from Mikey Burrows available to watch on wolves.co.uk, the Wolves App or the Wolves YouTube channel.
St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent
0-1 vs Manchester United (H)
3-2 vs Everton (A)
2-1 vs Middlesbrough (H)
3-0 vs West Ham United (A)
2-5 vs Reading (A)
2-1 vs Southampton (A)
WHAT THE BOSS THINKS
On the challenge of Norwich
“I’m not sure we’ve played Norwich many times at under-18 level,” Davis said. “But they’ve got a very good record in the youth cup, so it’ll be a very tough game.
“I recall a conversation that Darren Ryan had with their staff at the end of last season, saying they were quite excited about their under-18 group this year, so they’re obviously going to be a decent side.
“The lads were in Sunday, so we sat down for a cool down, a bit of training, and we started to look at Norwich. I've been down to watch them a few times this season and we will do the tactical work.”
On approaching the cup
“We’ll take it as seriously as we would any other game, and this won’t be any different. It will be the same as any other league game or cup game that we play, and we won’t make a big thing of it and will approach it as just another game.
“All the youth cup games are tough because you just don’t know how the players are going to approach it. Sometimes the nerves get the better of them, the ones you think are going to do well don’t and the ones you think are not going to do well do.
“They’re one-off games now, with no replays, and we did well in the competition last season and we’d like to go a bit further in it this time. If we prepare properly, it will give us a good chance of getting through, but Norwich will be doing their best to stop us progressing.”
18/12 Norwich City (H) FAYC
09/01 Newcastle United (H)
20/01 Aston Villa (H) U17PLC
23/01 Burnley (H)
30/01 Blackburn Rovers (H)