Coach looking for youngsters to impressJerry Gill is eager for his U18s team to keep playing ‘the Norwich way’ ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at the Club’s Colney Training Centre. (12:00)
The Canaries faced Spurs on the opening day of the Barclays U18s Premier League in August, and earned plaudits for their display despite defeat, as Gill explained: “We went there and lost 4-2, but they were very complimentary about the way we played.
“We’re very keen on that; we’ve got a philosophy, and ways in which we want to play football. They have technically gifted players with a lot of pace, are really quick on counter-attacks, and enjoy taking on players in one-on-one situations.
“We know what to expect from them; when we went there we passed the ball and were the better footballing team. Certainly during the second half we imposed our philosophy on the game, and you could see our Norwich DNA.”
Gill is urging his side to put in a repeat performance when they play host to the Lilywhites this weekend, and added: “We’re at home with people coming to watch us play the Norwich way.
“As coaches we have to see the lads are applying themselves in the right manner with their work-rate, application and determination; which are the hallmarks of a Norwich City player.
“We’ll then be looking for them to bring through the tactical and technical bits we’ve given them over the week as well. If we get all that then we’ve got a great chance of winning the game, but we don’t base our fixtures on Saturdays too much on results.
“A lot of it is about player development for the younger groups. We stick to our beliefs, irrespective of what the result may be, and make sure there’s continuity all through the Academy so we’re all singing off the same hymn sheet.”
The home side are boosted by the return to training of one-time Tottenham academy representative Louis Ramsay following a spell on the side-lines, while striker Oliver Cole is also stepping up his fitness after a 45-minute cameo against Reading last weekend.
Meanwhile, both Ben Burgess and Kofi Boateng are expected to be fit after recovering from minor knocks in training during the week.
L – 0-5 v Reading (A) 22/11/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
L – 1-3 v Aston VIlla (A) 08/11/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
L – 0-1 v West Ham (H) 01/11/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
D – 1-1 v Southampton (A) 25/10/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
D – 0-0 v West Brom (H) 18/10/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
W – 4-3 v West Ham (H) 26/11/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
W – 2-1 v Southampton (H) 22/11/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
W – 3-2 v Fulham (A) 01/11/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
W – 2-1 v Reading (H) 25/10/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
W – 2-0 v Arsenal (A) 17/10/2014 – Barclays U18s Premier League
LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v Reading)
Oxborough; Fox (c), Emmins, Black, Burgess, Boateng, Byrne-Hewitt, Couzens, Smith, Cantwell, Eaton-Collins.
LAST TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR U18s XI (v West Ham)
Voss; Walker-Peters, Walkes, Amos, Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Azzaoui, Pritchard, Harrison, Goddard, Georgiou.