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26 November 2017 Venue Carrow Road Attendance

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Aston Villa PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Paul Jones
    GK
  • 2
    Max Aarons
    DF
  • 3
    Timi Odusina
    DF
  • 4
    Marcel Franke
    DF
  • 5
    Russell Martin
    DF
  • 6
    Adam Phillips (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Todd Cantwell
    MF
  • 8
    Devonte Aransibia
    MF
  • 9
    Tristan Abrahams
    FW
  • 10
    Pierre Fonkeu
    FW
  • 11
    Bilal Kamal
    MF

Substitutes

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

Manager

  • -
    Matt Gill

4-4-2
  • 1
    Matija Sarkic
    GK
  • 2
    Mitchell Clark
    DF
  • 3
    Oscar Borg
    DF
  • 4
    Jordan Lyden (C)
    MF
  • 5
    James Finnerty
    DF
  • 6
    Jacob Bedeau
    DF
  • 7
    Jordan Cox
    MF
  • 8
    Jack Doyle-Hayes
    MF
  • 9
    Harry McKirdy
    FW
  • 10
    Callum O'Hare
    MF
  • 11
    Jack Clarke
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Kelsey Mooney
    SUB
  • 13
    Viktor Johansson
    SUB
  • 14
    Harvey Knibbs
    SUB
  • 15
    Jozef Pastorek
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin McDonald

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Match Previews

Under-23s prepare to host Aston Villa

25 November 2017

Norwich City’s Under-23s are back at Carrow Road on Sunday as they take on Aston Villa in Premier League 2 and both boss Matt Gill and goalkeeper Aston Oxborough are looking forward to the occasion.

City are currently 10th in Division Two and will be looking for their second win on the bounce at home after their 3-0 win over Southampton midway through October.

Starting games has been an issue for the U23s recently though and Oxborough is hoping he and his teammates can learn from past mistakes.

“We’re all frustrated with how we’re starting games at the minute because we’re giving ourselves a mountain to climb,” said Oxborough. “The only silver-lining is when we do make a mistake, we learn from it.

“Hopefully it won’t be long until everything falls into place.

“We’re really together and it’s credit to the outfielders mainly because they’re the ones which get us back into the games. They stay cool and play their football and score us the goals to get us back in the game.”

City conceded after less than a minute in their last match – a 4-2 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers last week – but Gill believe Sunday gives his players a great opportunity to correct their errors.

“The fantastic bit about football is that you get an opportunity to learn from mistakes quickly,” said Gill. “Having the game on Sunday is good for the lads.

“We’ve done loads of work on the bits we feel we need to improve on out of possession. The lads have enjoyed the hard work and they’re looking forward to the game.”

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Match Reports

City's U23s edged out by Aston Villa

26 November 2017

Norwich City’s Under-23s were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa at Carrow Road in Premier League Two Division Two.

Callum O’Hare gave Villa the lead early on but Tristan Abrahams got City back into the match midway through the first half with a terrific finish.

However, Harry McKirdy broke clear in the second half to seal the points for the visitors.

Matt Gill welcomed Paul Jones and Marcel Franke to his starting eleven with Russell Martin smaking his second successive U23s appearance – Alex Pritchard was not risked for the game after feeling a sore neck in the aftermath of his first team comeback on Saturday. Elsewhere, Todd Cantwell came back into the side replacing the injured Glenn Middleton.

Conceding early has been the U23s’ Achilles heel over recent matches and they found themselves behind yet again in a game after seven minutes. A deep cross found Jake Doyle-Hayes at the back post and he cushioned the ball across the face of goal to find O'Hare who tapped into an empty net.

Moments later, Villa went close to doubling their lead. A City free-kick was cleared and the visitors broke at pace, resulting in McKirdy hitting the post with a deflected effort.

However, City managed to get themselves level on 23 minutes. Persistence paid off for Max Aarons on the right as he beat his man and crossed to find Abrahams who arrowed the ball into the top corner.

Within ten minutes of the restart, Villa had a good chance to regain the lead. A curling effort from O’Hare was well saved by Jones and the City stopper did brilliantly to save the rebound strike by Jordan Cox.

The visitors then went close again on 70 minutes. An out-swinging free-kick from Jack Clarke was met by James Finnerty at the back post but he could only guide his header against the side netting.

Four minutes later, Villa managed to regain the lead. A lapse in concentration in the City defence allowed McKirdy to break clear and slot past Jones.

McKirdy could have added a second of his own with minutes to play when he forced Jones into a good save low to his left but it didn’t matter as Villa held on for the win.

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