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25 September 2017 Venue Reading Training Ground Attendance

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Matt Gill: We want to turn draws into wins

25 September 2017

Matt Gill hopes his U23s can start turning good performances into victories as they ready themselves for a trip to Reading on Monday.

Gill’s squad are currently unbeaten in three matches but have drawn their last two and the Head Coach is hoping his players can start turning positive displays into more points.

“We’ve gone three unbeaten,” observed Gill. “We’ve had quite good consistency with team selection which helps and the lads are taking on the information me and Hucks [assistant coach] are trying to give them.

“They’re in a decent enough place but we want to try and build on our performances now and turn them into results.

“There was loads of positives to take from the Blackburn game at Carrow Road on Sunday but the overriding feeling was that we could have won the game and we should have a done a bit more in that second half.

“We’ve done lots of attacking work this week alongside working on our defensive shape that we do all the time. Obviously we’re looking to turn draws into wins but as long as the lads are taking on board what we’re telling them, that’s the main thing.”

The U23s take on recently-relegated Reading at the Reading Training Ground on Monday (1pm) and Gill is expecting a good test for his group.

“We came across them in a cup semi-final last year and they outplayed us on the day so it will be a really tough game,” he continued.

“It’s at their training ground so the lads have to make sure they’re ready for the challenge. They’ve got some good players and quite a bit of strength in depth so it will be a good challenge and one the lads are looking forward to.

“We have no new injury concerns which is good because the lads have been worked very hard this week. So we’ll look very similar on Monday.”

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City's U23s fight back to draw at Reading

25 September 2017

Norwich City’s Under-23s produced another spirited comeback to draw 2-2 at Reading on Monday afternoon – their third consecutive draw in Premier League 2.

Sam Smith scored twice for the hosts in the opening half an hour before Savvas Mourgos’s sublime free-kick gave City hope going into the interval.

The Canaries had a number of chances in the second half through another Mourgos free-kick and two long-range Glenn Middleton strikes but their persistence paid off just minutes from time when Todd Cantwell rolled home from the penalty spot after a foul on Middleton.

Matt Gill made just one change to this starting eleven after last Sunday’s draw with Blackburn Rovers with Aston Oxborough coming in for Paul Jones in goal.

Reading made the brighter start and took the lead inside the opening three minutes. Smith rose highest in the penalty area to nod past Oxborough.

However, City almost responded moments later when Pierre Fonkeu slid a teasing ball across the face of goal but a stretching Cantwell couldn’t get enough on his effort.

The teams then exchanged penalty appeals midway through the first-half. On 22 minutes, Tristan Abrahams went down under a challenge from Gabriel Osho moments before Timi Odusina clattered into Danny Loader at the other end; on both occasions, the referee said no.

City got themselves back into the match in sensational fashion just before half-time when Mourgos sent a curling free-kick in off the woodwork.

Mourgos went close to an equaliser on the hour mark, again from a set-piece, but this time it cannoned the wrong side of the woodwork and flew behind for a goal-kick.

Gill then introduced Middleton on 70 minutes and the Scotland Under-19 winger had an instant impact, going close with two long-range efforts.

And the comeback was finally complete with just minutes to play – Middleton was fouled in the penalty area, leaving the referee with no choice but to show Axel Andresson a second yellow card, and Cantwell rolled home the spot-kick.

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