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7-2
22 October 2018 Venue Harrison Park Attendance

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Stoke City PL2
7 - 2
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Norwich City PL2

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4-4-2

Substitutes

Manager

  • -

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

Substitutes

  • 12
    Saul Milovanovic
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Johnson
    SUB
  • 15
    Louis Lomas
    SUB
  • 16
    Isak Thorvaldsson
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Gill

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Match Previews

Caleb Richards: As a team we’ve started very well

19 October 2018

Norwich City Under-23s return to Premier League 2 action on Monday evening against Stoke City at Harrison Park (7:00pm Kick-off).

Ahead of the game we spoke to left-back Caleb Richards, who talked about City’s promising start to the season and wanting to carry on that form going into their next run of fixtures.

“I think as a team we’ve started very well, we have been unlucky in some games so far as some results haven’t gone for us,” Richards said.

“We are still doing really well in the league so far though, sitting sixth in the league [Premier League 2, Division 2] and hopefully we can get a win next time out [against Stoke City].”

Richards has started in every game for City Under-23s this season, and wants to continue the progress he has made so far.

“On a personal note, I just want to progress in each game I play and take each game as it comes. Starting and playing games really helps with that, so I want to stay in the team and keep playing games and keep improving with every game.”

Under-23s coach Matt Gill will be hoping Norwich return to winning ways after falling short against Manchester United last time out. City have won, drew and lost in their last three fixtures.

Stoke City Under-23s sit just one place behind the Canaries in the table, two points behind and will be going into the game on the back of a 3-2 loss against West Brom.

You can follow all the action at our Twitter account, with reaction after the final whistle at canaries.co.uk.

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Match Reports

Plenty to work on for Under-23s after defeat at Stoke

22 October 2018

Norwich City's Under-23s suffered a disappointing evening at Harrison Park, the home of non-league side Leek Town, as they were beaten 7-2 by Stoke City in Premier League 2, Division 2.

Stoke had seven different scorers on the night with strikes coming from Mark Waddington, Tre Pemberton, Tyrese Campbell, William Forrester, Jake Dunwoody, Daniel Jarvis and Gabriel Kyeremateng.

City responded twice with goals coming from Adam Idah, but it ended in a disappointing night for the Development Squad.

Matt Gill made two changes to the side which was beaten by Leicester City in the Premier League Cup in their last outing. Bilal Kamal returned at right-back for Ben Marshall and Ant Spyrou deputised after serving a suspension. He came in for Simon Power.

Despite a fairly even start to the match, Stoke took an early lead within eight minutes. The ball was worked well down their left-hand side and Oliver Shenton eventually crossed low for Waddington to finish into the bottom corner.

Stoke looked to capitalise on taking the lead and almost had another moments later when the provider for the first, Shenton, sent a dipping first-time volley inches wide of Jon McCracken’s left-hand post.

Things got worse for City on 15 minutes. Stoke won the ball back in midfield and they had a two v one situation at the back, allowing Campbell to square for Pemberton who couldn’t miss from about ten yards.

Stoke went mightily close to a third seconds later as Waddington curled inches wide following a Campbell knockdown.

The host’s dominance continued as the half progressed and they led by four as the game reached the half hour mark. First, Campbell precisely finished a rebound following a smart save from McCracken and then Forrester gambled in the penalty area to tap into an empty net following another good save by the City stopper.

The Canaries earned themselves a lifeline shortly after the restart after quick reactions from Josh Coley saw him get to the ball ahead of the Stoke goalkeeper Daniel Gyollai and win a penalty after contact was made in the box. Up stepped Idah to fire home to spot-kick and give the visitors some hope.

City increased the intensity of their pressing and they looked to capitalise on their goal, however Stoke were dealing with most of what was being thrown at them. The best City could muster came when Tom Scully fired a volley into the arms of Gyollai.

Stoke then hit City with two quickfire goals to put the result beyond doubt. First, substitute Dunwoody swivelled in the area and found the bottom corner before Jarvis produced a near identical finish, cutting in from the left flank and dispatching with aplomb.

The other Stoke substitutes linked up to make it seven as Krisztofer Szereto found Kyeremateng to head home on 70 minutes before City replied for the second time – Idah finishing superbly into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

City ended the night with ten men after Idah was forced to withdraw from play when he picked up an injury in stoppage time.

City XI: McCracken; Kamal, Odusina (c), Jones (Lomas, 77), Richards; Coley, Payne, Aransibia, Scully (Milovanovic, 68); Idah, Spyrou (Thorvaldsson, 77)

Subs not used: Johnson (GK)

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