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Duff Wants Underdogs To Show Cup Bite

4 January 2017

Michael Duff hopes the Clarets' underdog status can help them pull of an FA Youth Cup shock on Friday night.

Burnley face 2013 winners Norwich City in the fourth round at Turf Moor (kick-off 7pm).

Duff's side overcame Bradford City in the last round to reach the last 32 of the competition but the Under-18s' boss knows the Canaries will present a tougher challenge.

Duff - a professional development phase coach at Turf Moor since hanging up his boots last summer - said: "If we can prepare properly and produce a performance, it's a cup game and who knows?

"For us it's a free hit now. There was a little bit of pressure against Bradford because people probably expected us to go through.

"Against Norwich you are relating it to the first team playing against one of the top, top teams in the Premier League.

"We will go into it with a belief that we can win, but as long as we produce a performance and the players can look at themselves in the mirror after the game and say they gave it everything, that's all we're asking for."

Norwich, coached by former Crewe and Ipswich Town full-back David Wright, are currently eighth in the southern division of the Premier League's Under-18 division.

A 3-1 league defeat to Chelsea in their last game before Christmas was their first loss in six games - a run which includes a 5-1 win at Watford in round three of the Youth Cup.

Goals from Dwight McNeil and Tommy Wood took Burnley past Bradford and with the experience of playing at Turf Moor for the first time - in many cases - behind them, Duff wants his young charges to meet another challenge head-on.

"Hopefully they will be a little bit more comfortable in the environment and some of them have had exposure with the under-23s, playing against some top opposition there in the Premier League Cup," he added.

"The Youth Cup is a big thing. Luckily we got through the last round and this is going to be a tough, tough game. There's no getting away from the fact.

"Norwich are one of the top academies in the country and I think they are the only team to have won it in the last five years - other than Chelsea - so it's going to be a test.

Striker Tinashe Chakwana has also figured for the Clarets' Development Squad this season

"It's probably the equivalent of the first team playing against a Man City or an Arsenal or something like that.

"So we need to be organised and hopefully we can hurt them in the other ways.

"It's going to be a tough 90 minutes, but there's a belief within our group that we can produce results."

The Bob Lord Stand will be open for the game, with admission priced at £4 adults, £2 concessions and £1 for all season ticket holders of both clubs.

Friday night's cup tie means Burnley's scheduled North West Youth Alliance fixture at home to Walsall has been moved to Saturday, 4 February (kick-off 12 noon).

A full-length interview with Michael Duff will available on Clarets Player later on Wednesday.

For Clarets Player details, click HERE.

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