EVERTON U-18s have been busy preparing for their FA Youth Cup quarter final clash with Norwich tomorrow evening.
Coach Kevin Sheedy has been putting his young charges through their paces as they prepare for the crunch tie at Goodison.
Barring a couple of long-term injury casualties, Sheedy has a full-strength squad to select from including players such as Matthew Kennedy, who has also played for Alan Stubbs’ U-21s as well as appearing on the bench for David Moyes’s first team this season.
He said: “Touch wood we’ve got everyone bar one or two fit and raring to go.
“There’s a lot of healthy competition for places which is just how you want it for such a big game which could play a pivotal part in our season.
“Hopefully whatever team we select will have the right attitude and we’ll have a strong bench too, no doubt about that.”
Sheedy admitted he has done his homework on The Canaries, alongside fellow academy coach Duncan Ferguson.
“Me and Duncan went to watch Norwich in the last round when they beat Birmingham in extra time.
“We’d also watched a video of their previous game against Milwall so as to prepare thoroughly.
“We’ll show the boys some clips highlighting Norwich’s strengths and weaknesses before the game but the most important thing on the night is going to be what we do when we have the ball.
“We won't underestimate the opposition – that’s for sure.
“They’re a good side with two wingers who can cause any team problems so we’ll have to watch them and be careful. But we’ve got our own good players and we will let them worry about us and be positive about it from the outset because we’re a good side.”