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13 August 2018 Venue Banks's Stadium Attendance

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Aston Villa PL2
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4-4-2
  • 1
    Matija Sarkic
    GK
  • 2
    Mitchell Clark
    DF
  • 3
    Dominic Revan
    DF
  • 4
    Isaiah Bazeley-Graham
    MF
  • 5
    Jacob Bedeau (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Jack Clarke
    DF
  • 7
    Jordan Cox
    MF
  • 8
    Alex Prosser
    MF
  • 9
    Kelsey Mooney
    FW
  • 10
    Harvey Knibbs
    FW
  • 11
    Callum Rowe
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Aaron Pressley
    SUB
  • 13
    Sam Lomax
    SUB
  • 14
    Jacob Ramsey
    SUB
  • 15
    Indiana Vassilev
    SUB
  • 16
    Jake Walker
    SUB

Manager

  • -

4-4-2
  • 1
    Jon McCracken
    GK
  • 2
    Bilal Kamal
    DF
  • 3
    Caleb Richards
    DF
  • 4
    Timi Odusina
    DF
  • 5
    Ciaren Jones
    DF
  • 6
    Alfie Payne
    MF
  • 7
    Tom Scully
    MF
  • 8
    Devonte Aransibia (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Adam Idah
    FW
  • 10
    Anthony Spyrou
    FW
  • 11
    Simon Power
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Josh Coley
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Johnson
    SUB
  • 14
    Saul Milovanovic
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Gill

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Match Previews

Under-23s set for Premier League 2 opener at Aston Villa

13 August 2018

Norwich City Under-23s begin their 2018-19 Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign on Monday evening when they take on Aston Villa at the Banks's Stadium (7pm KO).

City finished seventh in the league table last season and only missed out on the end-of-season play-offs by two points.

Whereas Villa went even closer than the Canaries but they were beaten in the play-off final by Brighton and Hove Albion.

Matt Gill's side beat the Villains in their last competitive game, a 1-0 win at Villa Park back in April, and the Development Squad Head Coach wants more of the same.

"It's a great start for us. They narrowly missed out on promotion to Brighton so it's always a tough game against them," said Gill.

"They're always a good side. We've watched some of their footage from pre-season and they played some really good football.

"It will be a really tough opening game but the lads are really looking forward to it.

"It's been a real long pre-season and the lads have worked really hard. They're all looking forward to it getting underway."

It's a new-look Under-23s group this season. Aston Oxborough, Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell have moved up to the first-team with Tristan Abrahams, Adam Phillips and Savvas Mourgos looking to enhance their skills out on loan.

New signings Caleb Richards, Ciaren Jones, Tom Scully have joined up with Gill's squad, as well as Adam Idah, Saul Milovanovic and Jordan Thomas who have moved up from the age-group below.

Centre-back Timi Odusina says the dynamic in the squad will stand them in good stead this season.

"They've all settled in really well. We have quite a tight group and the new guys have integrated really well," he said.

"We've tried to make the new lads feel at home and on the pitch, you can say each of them has brought something new to us.

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Match Reports

Under-23s edged out at Aston Villa

13 August 2018

A double from Kelsey Mooney inflicted an opening day defeat for Norwich City Under-23s as they were beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa at the Banks’s Stadium.

City were unlucky to be trailing at the interval after Mooney’s low finish on 37 minutes, with Ant Spyrou and Adam Idah causing the home defence all sorts of issues on the counter attack.

The Canaries probed for an equaliser after the break but Villa sealed the points with around 20 minutes of the game remaining as Mooney scored his second, this time from the penalty spot.

City lined up in a 4-4-2 formation and head coach Matt Gill made just the one change from his side’s last outing – a 3-2 victory over Dereham Town in pre-season last Monday, with Simon Power making his return from injury in place of Saul Milovanovic.

The game took a while to get going with the early phase played between both boxes until on 14 minutes, City managed to breach their opponents backline. Ciaren Jones played a decisive pass forward to Idah who released strike partner Spyrou. He rounded the goalkeeper but couldn’t get enough on his finish as Villa managed to clear.

Moments later, only a final touch was missing from a Villa delivery as Mitchell Clark’s teasing cross evaded every Villain in the six-yard box.

Villa began to see more of the ball as the half wore on but it was City who looked the more threatening of the two teams, especially on the counter attack. Once again on the half hour mark, Idah was found and spun his marker before cutting the ball back to Spyrou who knocked the ball into space before shooting just wide.

Idah had a go of his own moments later after Devonte Aransibia had played him in but the Irishman could only find the side-netting with his strike.

But City found themselves behind at the interval, with a lapse in concentration at the back their undoing. The mistake allowed Jordan Cox to pick out Mooney who steered the ball past Jon McCracken and into the bottom corner.

Villa almost picked up where they left off early in the second-half. Mooney went close initially when he connected with a low cross but Timi Odusina managed to deflect the ball over the bar and the same man then headed the resulting corner just wide.

City were growing into the second-half and were beginning to put their opponents under increasing pressure although the final touch and pass was lacking.

And they were punished in slightly cruel circumstances with just over 20 minutes remaining. Jones was penalised for minimal contact on Mooney in the area and the Villa man stepped up to send McCracken the wrong way for his second of the match.

City had plenty of possession in the final 15 minutes but they struggled to break through the Villa defensive line and create anything of note as their opening game of the 2018-19 season ended in defeat.

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