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Ant Spyrou on a blossoming partnership with Adam Idah

7 August 2018

Under-23s striker Ant Spyrou hopes he and forward partner Adam Idah can build a fruitful partnership up-top for Norwich City's Development Squad this season.

The two showcased their quality during City's run to the FA Youth Cup quarter-final last season and Spyrou says theit relationship can only get stronger.

Spyrou netted twice in City's 3-2 victory in their final pre-season friendly at Dereham Town on Monday night, with Idah also on the scoresheet.

"It was very good to finish pre-season off with a win," Spyrou said, speaking post-match.

"We've lost the past three games and haven't scored any goals as well so it's good to score a couple of goals, finish with a win and take that into the Villa game next Monday.

"We [himself and Idah] have a connection on and off the pitch and you can see that when we're on the pitch.

"We know where each other are and it helps that we're so close off the pitch. It reflects onto the pitch."

City showed their superior fitness levels against their non-league opponents as Spyrou scored twice in the final 20 minutes to help his team overcome a senior Dereham side.

"It was good from the team today. It was a good test, a bit different but like I said, we just want to take this result into next Monday and get three points."

Speaking in more detail about his first goal which involved an intelligent piece of movement and smart finish, Spyrou added: "I heard a shout from [Matt] Gilly on the side, he said: 'move in' so I did and took the centre-back with me and that left the space in-behind. It was nice to get the rest out of the way.

"I have a good connection with Gilly. I've worked with him since Under-15s and right the way through.

"He knows how to get the best out of us. When things aren't really going our way, our heads go down a bit but Gilly gets us up for it again.

"That's the crucial point when your one-on-one. You need to keep a cool head, especially when you need to score to make it 3-2."

City begin their Premier League 2 campaign on Monday night when they visit Aston Villa, with the match set to take place at the Banks's Stadium, home of League One side Walsall.

"If we can hit the ground running on Monday and keep scoring goals there's not much more we can do as strikers.

"We hope the right people will be watching us and we can prove ourselves at the next level."

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