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17 March 2016

Young Canaries prepare to host The Potters

ALAN Neilson wants Norwich City Under-18s to produce a sustained level of performance when they host Stoke City at Colney Training Centre on Saturday (11am).

City have just three games of the season now remaining, following last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Swansea City.

"We've had a good week of training, where we've worked on all the things we've done recently," the Under-18s coach told

"The team have regularly put in good performances for parts of games, but now we need to do that for more time. Last week we probably just weren't clinical enough in the final third.

"Hopefully we'll address that this week and will play better for longer periods. The longer we can be on top, the more chance we have of getting a positive result.

"The players have been working really hard so we're looking for them to put in a good performance now."

Not for the first time this season, manager Graeme Murty is set to name a young squad for the Barclays Under-18s Premier League clash.

"We'll have a few who are playing up a level, because of the Under-21s game against Reading on Monday," Neilson explained.

"At this time of year it's a good time for people to impress. We always give players the chance to step up if they do well for their age-groups.

"On Saturday it will be about how we approach the game. We've got a game-plan which we're looking to execute in order to come away with the result which the boys deserve."

L – 0-1 v Swansea City (H) 12/03/2016 - Barclays U18s Premier League 
D – 1-1 v Newcastle (A) 05/03/2016 - Barclays Under-18s Premier League
L – 2-0 v Manchester City (A) 29/02/2016 - FA Youth Cup
L – 2-5 v Brighton & Hove Albion (H) 27/02/2016 - Barclays Under-18s Premier League 
D – 1-1 v Reading (H) 20/02/2016 - Barclays U18s Premier League 

LAST NORWICH CITY U18s XI (v Swansea City): Oxborough; Ramsay, Syme, Pollock (Black, 60), Odusina, Ellesley (Wallis, 45), Higgs (Da Costa, 45), Sambu, Couzens (c), Kamal, Jaiyesimi. Subs not used: Beauchamp (GK).

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