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1 October 2015

City youngsters set to visit Seagulls

GRAEME Murty is encouraging his Under-18s group to embrace a 'senior experience' when they visit Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday (11am).

The City youngsters are set for their first overnight stay of the Barclays Under-18s Premier League season, travelling down towards the south coast the day before the game.

Murty stressed the importance of adjusting to such situations, and told "We'll be taking some Under-16s with us, and it's always good to get them out of their comfort zones.

"If these players get to the first team, this is going to be their life. Giving them this kind of experience away from their normal environment can be really beneficial.

"Getting them together as a group in this way allows us to see the dynamics of how they work, which translates onto the pitch. The Under-21s have a game on Saturday too which means we're stretched, but that's a good thing.

"It means people are being promoted, and it ensures plenty of game-time for the players."

After impressing in recent weeks for little return, the Canaries secured a 1-0 victory over Fulham last weekend despite not being at their best.

The 40-year-old coach is now looking to combine performances with results, as he explained: "The two things have been mutually exclusive so far, so if we can marry them together then I'll be happy.

"We have high standards, as do the players. They realise what they're capable of and I'm hopeful we'll get a true reflection of that.

"I know Brighton are competitive from last season. We expect that to be the same this year but will be looking to impose our own style on the game."

W – 1-0 v Fulham (H) 26/09/2015 – Barclays U18s Premier League 
L – 2-0 v Leicester City (A) 19/09/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League 

L – 2-0 v Aston Villa (A) 05/09/2015 – Barclays U18s Premier League
1-1 v Swansea City (H) 12/09/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League –D 

3-1 v West Ham United (H) 22/08/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League –
Oxborough; Syme, Lewis, Pollock (Black, 55), Wallis, Boateng, McIntosh, Sambu (Walters, 85), Couzens, Aransibia, Middleton. Subs not used: Dickerson (GK). 

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