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Aston Oxborough: It was great to be captain

9 January 2018

Building on Monday night’s victory over Stoke City is imperative for Norwich City’s Under-23s, according to goalkeeper Aston Oxborough.

With regular captain Adam Phillips having moved out on loan to Cambridge United, Oxborough stepped in as skipper at St. George’s Park and guided the team to a 3-1 win.

The 19-year-old was in fine form for Matt Gill’s youngsters in the triumph and he now hopes he can maintain his performance levels.

“I was very pleased to captain the team tonight,” said Oxborough. “Adam has gone on loan to Cambridge so it was nice to step in for him.

“I had a spell when I captained the Under-16s so I had a little bit of an understanding of what to do. Obviously captaining the Under-23s is a lot bigger but I’m really pleased.

“It was a good result. We made it a bit hard for ourselves but we got there in the end. We had to be organised and disciplined and put out bodies on the line.

“We defended the goal really well and deserved to win. Joe [Crowe] helped sitting in front of the back four and he gave us good protection alongside Timi [Odusina] and Wallo [Owen Wallis].

The game was a physical one, particularly after the red card given to Stoke’s full-back Moussa Niakate on 40 minutes, and Oxborough said those sort of experiences help prepare the youngsters to make the step up.

“If we make the step up to the first-team we need that physicality and it’s only going to get more physical as we move up,” he added.

“We’ve carried our run over from Christmas and that’s four unbeaten run. We need to maintain it and keep on going and hopefully we’ll start pushing up the league.”

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