Watford Under-18s captain Jorell Johnson delighted after young Hornets beat Norwich City 3-1 in FA Youth Cup

Watford Under-18s coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

Watford Under-18s coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

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Watford Under-18s captain Jorell Johnson was delighted the young Hornets were able to upset the odds by knocking holders Norwich City out of the FA Youth Cup but insists the Golden Boys have to keep their feet on the ground.

Dave Hughes' side booked a fifth round tie against against Liverpool by beating the Canaries 3-1 thanks to goals from Alex Jakubiak, Josh Doherty and George Byers.

Johnson admitted nobody expected his team to win particularly given the Under-18s had already lost to Norwich earlier in the season.

“Nobody expected us to win,” he told the official club website.

“Having lost 5-0 [to Norwich] in pre-season, we came into the game under no pressure.

“We all know that Norwich like to pass the ball like us. We knew if we pressed them high and won the ball, we would have chances.

“It was always going to be difficult in the second half. We knew they would come out, but we didn’t need to do anything different, just stand up.

“The boys did well, they stuck to their task, and that’s the main thing. They put everything on the line, and that’s why the result was the way it was.”

Watford now face Liverpool in the next round and Johnson warned his teammates against getting ahead of themselves.

“We need to stay level-headed,” Johnson said.

“We’ve knocked out the winners from last year, but we have to keep our heads grounded, hopefully put in the same performance and hopefully get the same result.”

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