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Alfie Payne: We want to replicate our last game against them

7 January 2019

Under-23s midfielder Alfie Payne is hoping his side can replicate their performance from their last game against Reading at the start of the season.

The Canaries came from two goals behind to beat the Royals 3-2 at Colney Training Centre back in August with Simon Power, Adam Idah and Ant Spyrou all on the scoresheet.

And Norwich's Under-23s will face the side again today at Hogwood Park, with kick off at 1pm.  

Payne said: “Reading have been on a very good run of form recently and we appreciate and respect that, but we can take confidence from the last time we played them.

“We came from behind to win 3-2 earlier in the season so we will be hoping to replicate that away against them.”

This is the first match of 2019 for the Under-23s after a short festive break, but the City midfielder said they have still be working hard. 

“We trained up until Christmas and had a few days off at Christmas, the boys went home to see their families then we came back in for three days in between Christmas and New Year to keep ourselves fresh," Payne said. 

“Some of the boys live away from home, so at this age it’s nice for them to be able to go home because we don’t have as many games as the First Team do.

“We did some fitness work to keep us fit for the games coming up. We had a few more days off over New Year then we came back in working towards the game last Monday.

“The First Team have a pretty relentless schedule so we can’t be off the whole time, just in case any of us are needed.”

Payne said he wants to start turning the draws into wins this year after drawing three of their last four games in all competitions.

“It has been a bit disappointing results wise, however as for how our performances go and how we have dealt with the change [David Wright replacing Matt Gill] then we are moving forward and hope to start getting the results our performances deserve,” he said.

“We want to score more goals, the games leading up to Christmas we took the lead in quite a few but struggled to hold it out and we picked up a point instead of picking up all three, so I think that will be a main point to look to improve.”

On a personal note, Payne has been a regular in the Under-23s so far this season, after playing the majority of last season with the Under-18s.

He said: “Last season I started dropping into training regularly and started playing a few games [with the Under-23s] but I didn’t really get the run in the team I had hoped for.

“This year I have been very fortunate to play a lot of the matches from the start and I’ve been really enjoying it.”


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