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U18s PREVIEW: WEST HAM

20 August 2015

'We're progressing nicely', says Murty


City are looking for their first points of the 2015-16 Barclays Under-18s Premier League season, having been beaten 4-1 by Chelsea on the opening day before suffering a harsh 2-0 reverse at Arsenal last weekend.

GRAEME MURTY wants Norwich City Under-18s to keep moving in the right direction when his side face West Ham United at Colney Training Centre on Saturday (11am).




Oxborough; Ramsay, Lewis, Pollock, Crowe, Boateng, Black (Cantwell, 75), Aransibia, Ashley-Seal, McIntosh, Couzens. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK), Wallis, Syme, Middleton.
LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v Arsenal)

L – 1-4 v Chelsea (H) 08/08/2015 – Barclays U18s Premier League
L – 2-0 v Arsenal (A) 15/08/2015 – Barclays U18s Premier League
CANARIES' FORM

"I'm hoping they feel the benefit of that eventually because I've been really impressed by their attitudes."

"The two of them have displayed fantastic mental strength and are progressing really well. It's a credit to themselves as they've focussed on the here and now.

Murty credited the approach taken by the sidelined duo, as he explained: "They're both working very diligently, and deserve a mention because it's a difficult process to go through.

City remain without the services of goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp and forward Kieran Higgs, who are both continuing their rehabilitation following long-term injuries.

"I'm very impressed with the work our staff have done, and every player is really pushing themselves. Hopefully they will reap the rewards for that effort come Saturday."

The Canaries have come through this week's training with few major concerns, and the 40-year-old coach added: "Our sports science team have done a fantastic job so we're looking good apart from a few niggles.

"West Ham are a strong side but we're moving in the right direction and are confident of being able to compete with any team in the Category One bracket."

"We've identified areas we can improve on, so it's been a good response from the players again. They've been lively, bright and attentive ahead of what will be a really stern test.

Murty is looking for the youngsters to learn from their previous league outings, and told canaries.co.uk: "The players are making progress, and we've had a really good week in terms of reflection.

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