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10 December 2017 Venue Colney Training Centre Attendance

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Norwich City PL2
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Middlesbrough PL2

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4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Aston Oxborough
    GK
  • 2
    Emmerson Sambu
    DF
  • 3
    Jamal Lewis
    DF
  • 4
    Marcel Franke
    DF
  • 5
    Russell Martin
    DF
  • 6
    Adam Phillips (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Pierre Fonkeu
    MF
  • 8
    Devonte Aransibia
    MF
  • 9
    Tristan Abrahams
    FW
  • 10
    Steven Naismith
    MF
  • 11
    Todd Cantwell
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Wallis
    SUB
  • 13
    Jake Hallett
    SUB
  • 14
    Alan Fleming
    SUB
  • 15
    Giovanni Da Costa
    SUB
  • 16
    Kieran Higgs
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Gill

4-4-2
  • 1
    Aynsley Pears
    GK
  • 2
    Liam Hegarty
    DF
  • 3
    Nathan McGinley
    DF
  • 4
    Ben Liddle
    MF
  • 5
    Tom Brewitt (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Enes Mahmutovic
    DF
  • 7
    Amadou Sylla
    MF
  • 8
    Lewis Wing
    MF
  • 9
    Mitchell Curry
    FW
  • 10
    Alex Pattinson
    FW
  • 11
    Marcus Tavernier
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Patrick Reading
    SUB
  • 14
    James Cook
    SUB
  • 15
    Matheus Caliman
    SUB
  • 21
    Bradley James
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Paul Stephenson

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Match Previews

Matt Gill: We need to continue to bridge the gap

8 December 2017

Matt Gill hopes the jump made by a number of Under-23s to the first-team fold this season spurs his other youngsters on.

Jamal Lewis, Todd Cantwell and Adam Phillips have all spent time in and around Daniel Farke’s squad since the season began and Gill has urged his other players to try and make the step up.

“We’ve had Toddy and Adam on the bench for the first-team, Jamal is back and looks as if he’s going to be in and around the first-team squad,” he said.

“For our group it’s excellent that we’ve had a few lads getting involved with the first-team and staying in there.

“That’s what it’s about for us and we need to make sure we have the next two of three players lined up and ready to make that step.”

Gill’s U23s host Premier League 2 Division 2 leaders Middlesbrough at Colney on Sunday (12pm) and the Head Coach wants his player to relish the occasion.

Boro ran out 4-0 winners when the two sides last met in August.

“We’re really looking forward to a tough game on Sunday,” added Gill. “They’re flying high at the top of the league and it will be a really good test.

“[The reverse fixture] was the second game of our season and we conceded four very quick goals. The response in that game was excellent and that’s become a bit of a theme throughout our season so far.

“Some of the stuff we did early on in that game, I wouldn’t expect us to do it now. It will be tough because they’ve got lots of quality but the lads are looking forward to it."

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Match Reports

Fonkeu's strike helps City's U23s see off Middlesbrough

10 December 2017

Pierre Fonkeu's first-half strike helped Norwich City's Under-23s inflict only Middlesbrough's second Premier League 2 defeat of the season with 1-0 victory at Colney.

Fonkeu finished well in the 18th-minute and City arguably had the better chances to score again, particularly when Steven Naismith was thwarted at close-range by Boro 'keeper Aynsley Pears in the second half.

But the Belgian's strike was enough to see City move up to ninth in Division Two.

Matt Gill welcomed Marcel Franke and Steven Naismith to his starting eleven, as well as Russell Martin who once again featured in the back four. Adam Phillips also returned to the team after his one-match suspension.

A mixture of rain and sleet made conditions very difficult at Colney but, after a slow start to the match, it was City who took the lead on 18 minutes. Lovely build-up play ended in Fonkeu sliding the ball underneath Boro keeper Aynsley Pears and into the bottom corner of the net.

The visitors responded well to going behind with Alex Pattinson and Ben Liddle both having strikes well held by Aston Oxborough and that was just about all of the action in a quiet first half.

Boro began the second half well but were very wasteful when the chances came their way. First, Pattinson headed poorly from a Amadou Sylla cross into the arms of Oxborough and then the same man fired harmlessly over after being played through by Marcus Tavernier.

City had a great opportunity to double their lead on the hour mark. Tristan Abrahams slid a delicate pass across the box and it fell to Naismith whose shot was well charged down by Pears from point-blank range. Cantwell subsequently fired the rebound over the crossbar.

Then on 76 minutes, Cantwell produced some lovely footwork to shift the ball to the left-hand side and find Jamal Lewis but the left-back got under his strike and it flew over the bar.

Moments later, Fonkeu and the Phillips both forced Pears into action before, at the other end, Oxborough produced an outstanding reflex save to deny a Mitchell Curry header.

City ended with a flourish after Devonte Aransibia made Pears tip the ball round the post with a long-range strike but Fonkeu's early goal was the difference as City made it back-to-back victories.

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