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08 January 2018 Venue St George's Park Attendance

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Stoke City PL2
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Norwich City PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Josef Bursik
    GK
  • 2
    Lewis Banks (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Moussa Niakate
    DF
  • 4
    Lasse Sorensen
    MF
  • 5
    Harry Souttar
    DF
  • 6
    James Butler
    DF
  • 7
    Jake Dunwoody
    MF
  • 8
    Oliver Shenton
    MF
  • 9
    Tyrese Campbell
    FW
  • 10
    Daniel Jarvis
    MF
  • 11
    Julien Ngoy
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Luis Da Silva
    SUB
  • 13
    Daniel Gyollai
    SUB
  • 14
    Shola Ayoola
    SUB
  • 15
    Ryan Hill
    SUB
  • 16
    Tre Pemberton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Glyn Hodges

4-1-4-1
  • 1
    Aston Oxborough (C)
    GK
  • 2
    Emmerson Sambu
    DF
  • 3
    Bilal Kamal
    DF
  • 4
    Timi Odusina
    DF
  • 5
    Owen Wallis
    DF
  • 6
    Joe Crowe
    MF
  • 7
    Pierre Fonkeu
    MF
  • 8
    Devonte Aransibia
    MF
  • 9
    Tristan Abrahams
    FW
  • 10
    Jordan Edwards
    MF
  • 11
    Todd Cantwell
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Louis McIntosh
    SUB
  • 13
    Jake Hallett
    SUB
  • 14
    Kieran Higgs
    SUB
  • 15
    Alfie Payne
    SUB
  • 16
    Glenn Middleton
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Gill

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Matt Gill looking for positive start to year

3 January 2018

Matt Gill is expecting a tight game when his Under-23s visit Stoke City on Monday.

City resume their Premier League 2 campaign looking to build on a three-game unbeaten run which they took into Christmas.

Gill had his players in for training over the festive hiatus but he revealed balancing rest and work was key in getting the players in shape for the resumption of the season.

“It was important that the lads had a few days off,” he said. “We didn’t want to give them too many and obviously the majority of them are professionals so they need to get used to training over the Christmas period.

“We trained quite hard when we came in just to make sure we are in the best position for when we come to that first game next Monday.

“Going into the second half of the season, you’d like to think that we can continue with all the good stuff we have been doing and keep adding to that.”

City go into the match in ninth place with their opponents currently two places below them. The Potters have also lost each of their last three games.

“It’s at St. George’s Park on their main pitch under the lights so it will be a great game to be involved in,” added Gill.

“The teams are very evenly matched in this league; we had a tight game with them back in the league earlier on in the season at Carrow Road.”

“It will be a tough game and hopefully we can start the year with three points.”

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City's U23s win at Stoke

8 January 2018

Norwich City's Under-23s began 2018 with a hard-earned 3-1 victory over Stoke City at St. George's Park.

Todd Cantwell's corner travelled all the way into the net to give City the lead in the first-half before Tyrese Campbell equalised shortly after.

Moussa Niakate saw red on the stroke of half-time and City took full advantage after the interval as goals from Pierre Fonkeu and Devonte Aransibia eased them to victory.

Boss Matt Gill opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation with Emmerson Sambu playing at right-back in place of Max Aarons who was ill. Joe Crowe played his first City game after his loan spell at Limerick ended last month and there was a start for trialist Jordan Edwards in an attacking midfield role.  

Both sides enjoyed possession early on but it was the hosts who went closest to opening the scoring. Campbell broke clear on four minutes and forced a good save from Aston Oxborough before Jake Dunwoody hit the side-netting with a crisp strike five minutes later.

Julien Ngoy and then Campbell missed the target as the game approached the midway point in the first-half but it was the Canaries who took the lead  on 24 minutes. Cantwell’s cleverly caught Stoke goalkeeper Josef Bursik off-guard at his near post and his corner squeezed past the stopper and into the net.

Stoke responded immediately when Niakate crossed for Campbell to guide the ball past Oxborough but the man who got the assist was sent off on 40 minutes. Cantwell fouled Niakate but the left-back responded by kicking the City goalscorer in the leg and referee Simon Lucas showed no hesitation in brandishing a red card.

City finished the half strongly and Edwards had their best chance to regain the advantage but he shot over from the edge of the area after good footwork allowed him some shooting space.

Gill’s men dominated possession at the start of the second-half but their opponents defended stoutly and City had to patient for their opportunities to come. However, on 67 minutes, a lapse in concentration in the Stoke defence allowed Fonkeu to race clear and slot the ball under Bursik and into the net.

Stoke were always a threat on the counter attack and Ngoy managed to find himself in-behind the City defence on 76 minutes but Oxborough was there to race out and beat away the wide man’s effort.

City didn’t rest on their lead though and they made the points safe in the final ten minutes when Aransibia drove the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

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