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25 August 2017 Venue Carrow Road Attendance

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Norwich City PL2
2 - 0
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Stoke City PL2

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4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Remi Matthews
    GK
  • 2
    Max Aarons
    DF
  • 3
    Harry Toffolo
    DF
  • 4
    Adam Phillips (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Timi Odusina
    DF
  • 6
    Michee Efete
    DF
  • 7
    Kieran Higgs
    MF
  • 8
    Devonte Aransibia
    MF
  • 9
    Tristan Abrahams
    FW
  • 10
    Todd Cantwell
    MF
  • 11
    Glenn Middleton
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Adam Idah
    SUB
  • 13
    Aston Oxborough
    SUB
  • 14
    Emmerson Mututala-Sambu
    SUB
  • 15
    Owen Wallis
    SUB
  • 16
    Savvas Mourgos
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Gill

4-4-2
  • 1
    Josef Bursik
    GK
  • 2
    Lewis Banks (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Cameron McJannet
    DF
  • 4
    Jake Dunwoody
    MF
  • 5
    Harry Souttar
    DF
  • 6
    Luis Da Silva
    DF
  • 7
    Tre Pemberton
    MF
  • 8
    Mark Waddington
    MF
  • 9
    Tyrese Campbell
    FW
  • 10
    Oliver Shenton
    MF
  • 11
    Thibaud Verlinden
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Ryan Hill
    SUB
  • 13
    Daniel Gyollai
    SUB
  • 14
    Andrew Cherdieu
    SUB
  • 15
    Shola Ayoola
    SUB
  • 16
    Lasse Sorensen
    SUB

Manager

  • -

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Match Previews

Gill: U23s excited for first Carrow Road game

23 August 2017

Matt Gill believes the first U23s match of the season at Carrow Road provides his players with a great opportunity to show what they’re all about.

The youngsters have not started the season as they would have liked, with back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Hove Albion and Middlesbrough in Premier League 2, but Gill says he is pleased to have lots of areas to improve on.

“We had two games in a week and it was a good chance to get stuck into the season,” said Gill. “Obviously a 4-0 defeat [against Boro] is not what we want. There was some very naïve defending from the team that made it easy for Boro to score.

“What I would say is the response was excellent, the lads were very brave to play the way we want to play in the second half. On another day we could have scored a couple of goals.

“I’ll always look on the positive side. I think we need to be a bit less naïve and a bit more streetwise in the way we go about our defending and when we haven’t got the ball.

“They’re a young group and we’re still on the path we want to be on. Obviously it’d be nice to have a couple of good results but it’s a good challenge to have early on in the season to pick yourselves up and show everyone what can you do.”

The Canaries take on Stoke City under the lights at Carrow Road on Friday (7pm kick-off) and they are hoping to enter the upcoming international break with a much-needed victory.

“It’s a fantastic thing to look forward to and it’s also a good chance to put those two defeats behind us,” Gill added. “The boys are looking forward to playing at Carrow Road under the lights.

“I don’t want to call it an occasion because the lads need to get used to playing at Carrow Road if they want to play in our first team.

“The message we’ve been giving them this week is about making the right decisions more than making wrong decisions. Obviously they’re young and they will make mistakes but that’s what the coaches are here for, to help them learn to make the right ones.”

Gill also urged as many supporters to come down to Carrow Road on Friday, saying: “The first team are away on Saturday so it will be great opportunity for some fans to come down. We all really appreciate their support.”

“It’s a great chance for the lads to impress our home supporters and hopefully they can do that.”

Tickets for Friday's Premier League 2 match between Norwich City and Stoke City at Carrow Road are FREE.

Claim your ticket from either the Carrow Road ticket office or the club stores in Chapelfield and Castle Mall.

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Match Reports

Middleton double helps U23s beat Stoke

25 August 2017

Norwich City’s U23s picked up their first victory of the Premier League 2 season, beating Stoke City 2-0 in an action-packed game at Carrow Road.

City went ahead in the opening four minutes through Glenn Middleton and the winger doubled the host’s lead on 79 minutes with an instinctive volley.

However, a huge melee just after City’s second goal resulted in Remi Matthews and Tristan Abrahams both being shown red cards. Stoke’s Tre Pemberton was also sent off.

City started brilliantly in what was their first Carrow Road match of the season and they gave the home support something to cheer inside four minutes.

Abrahams was played through on goal and he squared for Middleton who did excellently to curl the ball into the far corner.

Stoke were very quiet in the first half and City could have easily added to their lead on 25 minutes. Kieran Higgs intercepted a poor pass and broke clear but his left-footed shot skewed wide of the post.

Middleton almost produced a carbon copy of his first goal towards the end of the half but City went into the interval still well in control.

The second half was much more open, with Stoke committing more men forward and leaving themselves susceptible on the break.

However, the Potters did go close on the hour mark when Tyrese Campbell headed straight at Matthews from point blank range.

Moments later, Abrahams almost scored his first in City colours but Josef Bursik palmed away his long-range strike well.

Campbell again went close on 70 minutes after his shot was palmed away by Matthews but City effectively sealed the points with ten minutes left.

Adam Phillips crossed for Cantwell whose lay-off was on a plate for Middleton to get his second of the game with a terrific volley.

The points were secured but a huge scuffle in the dying embers saw Matthews and Abrahams both shown red cards for their involvement in the incident. Stoke’s Pemberton was also sent off.

However, the match ended and City got what they deserved - their first victory of the season in Premier League 2.

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