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22 October 2015

Young Canaries set for Saints test

GRAEME Murty wants his Under-18s side to take what they've displayed on the training pitch into a competitive situation when they host Southampton at Colney Training Centre on Saturday (11am).

The former Saints defender has been impressed by the response of his youngsters ahead of the Barclays Under-18s Premier League contest, following last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Reading.

"Without wanting to jinx ourselves or the performance it's been the best week of the season," Murty told

"The players have been outstanding in preparing for the match. Their application and every aspect of their approach has been of the highest order, which deserves real praise.

"I've told them I hope they take that into the game. It's about translating the intensity, the quality and the ideas we've given them into a performance now.

"They've not only listened to coaching points we've made, but have also come up with some themselves. You can see their understanding increasing in the sessions, so this week has really enthused me.

"The learning process has been extremely reciprocal across the group, which is what you want as a coach."

Murty is set to come up against a number of familiar faces, having coached several opposing Academy prospects during his previous role on the south coast.

The 40-year-old feels a similar ethos is in existence at both clubs, and explained: "The age-group we're up against are the first ones I worked with when I became a coach.

"I know them really well and I'm looking forward to seeing them. My time at Southampton was an invaluable learning tool, as both clubs have a similar pathway engrained into their Academy.

"It's great to have a clearly defined reward on offer when young players join a club. We've had the likes of Joe Crowe, Louis Ramsay and Todd Cantwell all training regularly with the Under-21s.

"Meanwhile, Louis McIntosh was training with the first team again earlier this week. It's a fantastic opportunity for all of them to progress, as it's something they're being allowed to visualise.

"It's something special for coaches nationwide when an Academy player graduates to the first team, regardless of where it is. It gives us even more impetus to push the next generation."

L – 2-0 v Reading (A) 17/10/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League 
L – 0-3 v Tottenham Hotspur (H) 10/10/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League
W – 1-3 Brighton & Hove Albion (A) 03/10/2015 - Barclays U18s Premier League 
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 

Oxborough; Sambu, Boateng (Syme, 75), Crowe, Wallis, Ellesley, Limb (Walters, 75), Aransibia, Couzens, Kamal, Lewis. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK). 

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