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19 February 2018 Venue Aggborough Attendance

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West Bromwich Albion PL2
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Norwich City PL2

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4-1-4-1
  • 1
    Alex Palmer
    GK
  • 2
    Allan Nyom
    DF
  • 3
    Nathan Ferguson
    DF
  • 4
    Rekeem Harper
    MF
  • 5
    Aly Gabr Gabr Masood
    DF
  • 6
    Kyle Jameson
    DF
  • 7
    Oliver Burke
    MF
  • 8
    Sam Field
    MF
  • 9
    Callum Morton
    FW
  • 10
    Alex Bradley
    MF
  • 11
    Jonathan Leko
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Evan Pierce
    SUB
  • 13
    Ben Pierce
    SUB
  • 14
    Fin Azaz
    SUB
  • 15
    Robbie McCourt
    SUB
  • 16
    Zak Brown
    SUB

Manager

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Aston Oxborough
    GK
  • 2
    Max Aarons
    DF
  • 3
    Bilal Kamal
    DF
  • 4
    Timi Odusina
    DF
  • 5
    Owen Wallis
    DF
  • 6
    Alfie Payne
    MF
  • 7
    Savvas Mourgos
    MF
  • 8
    Devonte Aransibia
    MF
  • 9
    Tristan Abrahams
    FW
  • 10
    Pierre Fonkeu
    MF
  • 11
    Simon Power
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Aaron Ekumah
    SUB
  • 13
    Jake Hallett
    SUB
  • 14
    Finlay Barnes
    SUB
  • 15
    Atli Barkarson
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Gill

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Matt Gill: We want to finish in the play-offs

16 February 2018

Matt Gill believes a place in the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-offs is a real possibility with just five games to go of the season.

City’s Under-23s are currently seventh in the table but just three points off Fulham in fifth and the Development Squad boss says his team are looking to finish the season as strongly as possible.

“It was disappointing last Friday [against Wolves] so it’s a good opportunity to bounce back,” said Gill. “We’d been on a good run prior to that, six wins and a draw in eight games.

“We’ve had a good few days training and a bit of time off which was needed by everyone because last week was a busy one for some of the lads with the FA Youth Cup game and our game.

"That’s the team aim [making the play-offs]. There’s also lots of individual aims between now and the end of the season for the lads.

“As far as a team aim goes, we’ve got to be looking to give ourselves a chance of getting in-and-around that mix.

“There’s five games left and the lads are looking forward to finishing as strongly as we can.”

City take on West Bromwich Albion on Monday night (7pm) and the two sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture at Carrow Road back in October - Gill is expecting another close encounter.

“We had the game against them at Carrow Road which finished 1-1 and both teams missed a penalty. It was a tough game.

“All the teams in this league are very similar so it will be a tough game again. Like us, most teams change a little bit. Ours has changed quite a bit in recent weeks.

“We’ll be focusing on our strengths and making sure we attack the game as much as we can.”

City’s match with West Brom on Monday evening (7pm) takes place at the Aggborough Stadium, home of Kidderminster Harriers. You can follow proceedings at canaries.co.uk or on our Twitter account.

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Mourgos double helps City Under-23s beat West Brom

19 February 2018

A first-half double from Savvas Mourgos helped Norwich City's Under-23s to an impressive 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in Premier League 2.

The Canaries dominated the first-half and Mourgos's stunning free-kick gave them the lead on 24 minutes before the same man nestled home a rebound following a Simon Power cross.

The youngsters then showed grit and determination in the second-half to hold out for the three points and a clean sheet.

City came up against an experienced Albion eleven with senior pros Allan Nyom and Aly Gabr included for some game-time.

That didn’t seem to fear Matt Gill’s youngsters in the first-half as they played some terrific attacking football and showed some superb defensive qualities at the other end.

Both sides traded long-range efforts in the opening exchanges; Alex Bradley’s strike on six minutes was well held by Aston Oxborough before Tristan Abrahams fired over after good retrieval work from Alfie Payne.

Abrahams threatened again on 21 minutes but his low effort from just left-of-centre was smartly saved low down by Alex Palmer.

City made their superiority count just three minutes later when Mourgos was fouled on the right. The Greek midfielder duly stepped up and curled the free-kick over the wall and into the corner.

Matt Gill’s men then doubled their tally just after the half-hour mark. After initially having penalty appeals turned around following Pierre Fonkeu going down in the box, City kept possession and Power fizzed a low cross into the area. Mourgos had two bites at the cherry, making the second count after Palmer had pushed his first effort away.

Albion finished the half the stronger of the two sides and had the ball in the net twice but both Gabr and Bradley had their headers ruled out for offside.

City dug deep in the second-half and put their bodies on the line to preserve their lead. On 47 minutes, Finn Azaz headed straight at Oxborough before Gabr headed wide at the far post following a deep free-kick.

Bradley had a low effort well saved by Oxborough at his near post on 67 minutes before City began to control the match as they had stemmed the tide of Albion’s early second-half pressure.

City’s intensity didn’t let up in the closing stages and Max Aarons helped preserve their clean sheet in the closing minutes with a brilliant last ditch block to deny substitute Robbie McCourt. 

The result helps City's Development Squad close the gap on the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off positions ahead of their next league match at home to Fulham.

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