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U18s PREVIEW: TOTTENHAM

9 October 2015

Young Canaries host Spurs this weekend

GRAEME Murty want his Under-18s side to draw confidence from Norwich City Under-21s' recent 1-0 victory over Villarreal when they host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (12pm).

City fielded a number of young players against their Spanish counterparts at Carrow Road, including Development Squad debutants Glenn Middleton and Louis McIntosh.

A highly-polished display brought about an impressive Premier League International Cup win, and Murty told canaries.co.uk: "They were outstanding to a man, right from Ben Killip at the back to Benny Ashley-Seal up-front.

"Everyone handled the event really well, but also applied themselves with genuine quality. I was really pleased for them to showcase their abilities in that way. 

"The standard has been set now, as has the pathway. Even the ones who didn't play were there supporting their mates, so it shows the opportunity is there for all of them."

After successive wins against Fulham and Brighton, Murty is expecting a stern challenge against Spurs, and added: "We always know it's going to be a hard game as they have a fantastic reputation for producing good teams.

"It’s going to be a difficult test for us. However, if we can show the application and quality the Under-21s did then it should make for a really good match. 

"With so many games across the age-groups this week has been fractured in some ways. Despite that, the lads have applied themselves really well and shown a great attitude.

"They've been really bright and lively in training, and we'll make a decision on who needs minutes because it's important everyone has a chance to be seen by the coaching staff."

The match is set to be dedicated to the 'Kick It Out' initiative, with a range of activities marking the occasion before kick-off. For further details, CLICK HERE.

CANARIES' FORM 
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 

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 
LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v Brighton & Hove Albion)
Oxborough; Syme, Lewis (Spyrou, 90), Pollock, Wallis, Ellesley, Walters (Kamal, 75), Sambu, Couzens (c), McIntosh, Aransibia (Boateng, 65). Subs not used: Simpson, Catton. 


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