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U23s prepare for visit of West Brom

12 October 2017

Matt Gill hopes his U23s can take the experience from their last fixture at Bournemouth into their next match, a league encounter with West Bromwich Albion at Carrow Road on Sunday (2pm).

Gill’s side lost 3-2 at the Vitality Stadium in their first Premier League Cup match last week, albeit to an experienced Cherries eleven featuring the likes of Emmerson Hyndman, Benik Afobe and Callum Wilson.

Looking ahead to this week’s match, Gill wants his players to show they’ve learned from their previous experiences.

“Looking back at that game, there was lots of learning that went on,” said Gill. “It was great for all the lads, but especially the back four. The experience is invaluable for them.

 “We’ve now got a couple of home games on the spin now and it’s an opportunity for the lads to play at Carrow Road again which is good.

“We are desperate to start turning the draws into wins but it’s going to be a tough game against a West Brom side which beat us away from home last year. But it’s one that everyone is looking forward to."

Meanwhile, it’s been a busy couple of weeks for City forward Glenn Middleton after he was selected in the recent Scotland Under-19s squad.

The winger featured in both of their friendlies over the last few weeks and he hopes to one day fulfill his aim of progressing up to the senior squad.

“We recently had two friendlies against France, one of which I got man-of-the-match in, and we did well in both games as a team,” said Middleton.

“We’re going away to Luxembourg next month for the Euro qualifiers and I’m really excited for that. I’ve played for Scotland since I was 15 and hopefully I can go all the way through and play for the seniors one day.”

Middleton is expected to feature for the U23s on Sunday and he believes the team are starting to gel after the introduction of four new players over the summer.

“The new boys that have come in have started to gel now and we’re getting better and better. I think we can now start showing people that we’re a top side with top players.

“The results are starting to show that and with the games coming up and the Cup starting as well, I think we can improve even more.”

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