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7 November 2016

Midfielder expecting a 'tough' test on Tuesday

RAY Grant is looking forward to another Checkatrade Trophy encounter when a Canaries Under-21 side take on MK Dons in the competition on Tuesday (7pm).

City have already secured their spot in the last 32 with victories over Peterborough United and Barnet, but they will guarantee top spot in Southern Group F by avoiding defeat against the Dons.

Tickets are now available for the game at Carrow Road, priced at just £5 for adults and £1 for Under-18s.

Grant said: "Our main focus is trying to do as well as possible and getting the experience playing against EFL teams is going to be vital.

"It’s win at all costs. They’re seasoned professionals, there are players that have been in the game for ten, 15 years and they have the knowhow.

"You've got to try and combat that and you’ve got to try and take that into your game, you want to be known as a winner and somebody who's going to try and win at all costs as well, while trying to develop and become a better player.

"It’s going to be a tough game, obviously they’re changing the manager there, but I don't think much will change from them, they’ve always been known as quite a good footballing side.

"We’re very lucky to get the support we have from the fans, hopefully they turn out and hopefully we’ll put on a good show for them."

Grant's last outing was on Friday night for the Club's Under-23s side in the Premier League Cup, Dmitri Halajko's team storming to an impressive 4-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

The Scottish midfielder's experience this season has also extended to being part of the first-team's squad for the EFL Cup matches against Coventry City and Everton.

"I’d like to think that it’s through hard work that I've got to experience cup games, it’s been fantastic," he added.
"I've been over a few times training and I'm grateful for that opportunity.

"I think the boys were fantastic (Under-23s at Everton), every single player.

"We kept the ball really well, and we have good footballers here. I think it was just down to what we did without the ball, and we knew on the ball we would take care of ourselves because we’ve got good enough players like that, but everyone worked as a team."

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