December 9 2013 Latest news:
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Norwich officials have announced ticket prices for the FA Cup fourth round tie against Conference play-off contenders Luton Town later this month.
Tickets for adults and over 65s will be priced at £10 per person, with under 16s priced at £1 per person for the tie at Carrow Road over the weekend of January 26. The Hatters have been allocated 4,000 tickets. Further sale information will be released once the ties selected for television coverage have been announced.
Luton boss Paul Buckle has labelled the tie a perfect reward for knocking out Championship club Wolves, despite missing out on a potential match-up against one of the top flight’s elite.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” he said. “People talk about Man United, Arsenal, Man City or Chelsea, but it’s a Premier League club and it’s brilliant for us. We’ve had the experience at home against Wolves. Now it will be nice for our fans to go to a Premier League ground, and for our players and our club it will be a great reward for our victory against Wolves. When the fans get behind us, like on Saturday, because we had nothing to lose against a Championship side, it can work wonders. Kenilworth Road was a scary place on Saturday, certainly for Wolves, and we got what we deserved.”
Luton return to the main business of chasing promotion from the Conference when they host Barrow tomorrow. Buckle is determined cup success will not sidetrack their push to return to the Football League after reaching the FA Cup fourth round for the first time in six years. Town are also hot favourites to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy this coming weekend when they welcome rank outsiders Skelmersdale to Bedfordshire. “There’s not a lot we can do about it,” said Buckle. “Unless we go out to play weakened teams and lose games. So if we’re winning in the FA Trophy and winning in the FA Cup, it’s unfair on us that we lose league games. But there’s not a lot we can do about it. I’m trying to create a thirst at the club and at the moment being in all the cups as well as the league is a good place to be - but it comes with the down side of falling behind in the league.”
Luton’s Norwich-bred keeper, Mark Tyler, has echoed his manager’s warning to focus on the league campaign after dumping Wolves out of the FA Cup.
“The FA Cup is nice. It’s a great occasion for the club but our goal in the changing room is to win the league but you take days like those anytime,” said Tyler, who made more than 400 appearances for Peterborough in a 15-year stint at London Road. “The back four were brilliant and the four in front of them as well. We dug in at times but we were hard to break down. I thought it was thoroughly deserved. We were quietly confident because they didn’t have particularly good results over the Christmas and New Year period. We had a game plan and it worked. It was great for the crowd to get a home draw against a big team and we need them behind us because what we are striving to do is move up the league and win promotion.”