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3-2
04 October 2017 Venue Vitality Stadium Attendance

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Bournemouth U23
3 - 2
FT
Norwich City PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Jordan Holmes
    GK
  • 2
    Charlie Seaman
    GK
  • 3
    Ollie Harfield
    GK
  • 4
    Emerson Hyndman
    GK
  • 5
    Shaun Hobson
    GK
  • 6
    Jack Simpson (C)
    GK
  • 7
    Antonio Diaz
    GK
  • 8
    Kyle Taylor
    GK
  • 9
    Benik Afobe
    GK
  • 10
    Callum Wilson
    GK
  • 11
    Keelan O'Connell
    GK

Substitutes

  • 12
    Tyler Cordner
    SUB
  • 13
    Will Dennis
    SUB
  • 14
    Mikael Ndjoli
    SUB
  • 15
    Frankie Vincent
    SUB
  • 16
    Gavin Kilkenny
    SUB

Manager

  • -

4-4-2
  • 1
    Aston Oxborough
    GK
  • 2
    Max Aarons
    DF
  • 3
    Bilal Kamal
    DF
  • 4
    Todd Cantwell
    MF
  • 5
    Timi Odusina
    DF
  • 6
    Owen Wallis
    DF
  • 7
    Savvas Mourgos
    MF
  • 8
    Adam Phillips (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Tristan Abrahams
    FW
  • 10
    Pierre Fonkeu
    FW
  • 11
    Kieran Higgs
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Devonte Aransibia
    SUB
  • 13
    Jake Hallett
    SUB
  • 14
    Emmerson Mututala-Sambu
    SUB
  • 15
    Aaron Ekumah
    SUB
  • 16
    Anthony Spyrou
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Gill

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Matt Gill calls for fast start at Bournemouth

3 October 2017

Matt Gill has urged his Under-23s to make a fast start to their opening Premier League Cup fixture against Bournemouth on Wednesday (7pm).

Gill’s squad have fought back to draw their last three matches in Premier League 2 but the Head Coach has called on his squad to begin the match at the Vitality Stadium on the front foot.

“We’ve had some decent results, and some that have disappointed us a bit because we felt we should have got more,” said Gill. “We’re at the point now where we need to start games better.

“We seem to be at our best when we are behind so we need to start games more positively. That’s what we’ve been working on the last week or so, to really be on the front foot from the off.

“Results-wise, to come back in matches, shows there’s a real positivity around the boys. They’re resilient and never think they’re beaten, which are great attributes for young lads to have.

“A lot of young teams, if they go two goals down early on, could go under. I’ve praised the grit they’ve shown, we just need to make sure we’re the team going two goals up now.

Gill is expecting a tough test on Wednesday and his youngsters could face a strong Bournemouth side featuring Premier League striker Callum Wilson.

“It’s a really good opportunity for them to come up against different styles of football,” he continued. “This week might bring a few different challenges, as Bournemouth may drop some players down.

“I read that Callum Wilson might make his comeback from injury tomorrow, so for our two centre-halves that’s a huge opportunity against a Premier League striker.

“For that to happen is brilliant, so for me, the more they drop down the better. It helps our lads with their learning and can only accelerate it.

“It’s another long journey. It’s a stadium game, which the boys love. We’re looking for a better start, without a shadow of a doubt. We’ve worked on things in training which might help trigger that, but we still want to see the same grit and resilience too.”

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Match Reports

Abrahams scores twice but City's U23s beaten in Cup

4 October 2017

A Tristan Abrahams double wasn’t enough to get Norwich City’s Under-23s Premier League Cup campaign off to a winning start as they were beaten 3-2 by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Benik Afobe gave the hosts the lead in the first half before Abrahams equalised with 20 minutes to play. Afobe got his second and then Abrahams did the same immediately after before the Bournemouth striker stole the points for his team in the final few minutes.

Head Coach Matt Gill made three changes from the side that started the 2-2 draw with Reading last week. Russell Martin was replaced at centre-back by Owen Wallis, with Bilal Kamal coming in for Emmerson Sambu and Devonte Aransibia making way for Kieran Higgs.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, started with a proven Premier League strikeforce - Callum Wilson and Afobe headed up a strong, attacking Cherries eleven.

Savvas Mourgos had impressed in a yellow and green shirt since joining from Arsenal in the summer and the Greek midfielder came close to giving City the lead in the opening ten minutes, picking up a poor backpass from Charlie Seaman and making Jordan Holmes produce an acrobatic save.

Bournemouth responded with a chance of their own moments later when Kyle Taylor shot just over from 30 yards. The hosts then had the better of the opening 25 minutes but chances were limited as they struggled to get Wilson and Afobe into the game. That being said, a neat move almost threatened a goal on 26 minutes but Wilson shot straight at Oxborough.

City began to make their way back into the match just after that chance and had a flurry of openings themselves with Mourgos in particular having a close-range strike beaten away after a flowing move involving Adam Phillips and Max Aarons.

However, it was the hosts who struck first around five minutes before the interval as a searching ball played forward by defender Shaun Hobson evaded Timi Odusina and fell to Afobe who coolly dispatched the ball past Oxborough.

City were having to be patient in the second half but it almost paid off on the hour mark as Pierre Fonkeu latched onto a through ball but was brilliantly thwarted by Holmes in the Bournemouth goal.

Wilson was substituted off to a standing ovation by the home support on 65 minutes and his replacement, Mikael Ndjoli, almost doubled Bournemouth’s lead, curling an effort just beyond Oxborough’s far post.

However, it was a substitute from the opposite dugout which sparked the second half into life. Anthony Spyrou had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes but he came up with the decisive ball which allowed Abrahams to level the scores from six yards.

Bournemouth then responded moments later to retake the lead as Afobe slotted past Oxborough before Abrahams got a second of his own on 77 minutes, finishing with aplomb to make it 2-2.

However, the experience of Afobe showed once again in the closing stages as he showed composure to bide his time and finish his hat-trick, giving Bournemouth the win in a topsy-turvy contest.

 

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