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Josh Coley: We want to develop as a team

17 January 2019

Norwich City’s Under-23s midfielder Josh Coley said the win against Aston Villa has brought the group “a lot closer together” ahead of their game against Tottenham on Friday (2pm kick-off).

City face Tottenham in the Premier League International Cup and hope to pick up their first win in the competition after drawing against Wolfsburg and losing to Athletic Club Bilbao.

Last time out, David Wright’s side picked up their first win since September by beating Aston Villa 2-1 thanks to goals from Ant Spyrou and Isak Thorvaldsson.

Coley said: “We are all on the same level now; I think the win has brought the group a lot closer together again because we hadn’t won in a while.

“We spoke with Matt Miller the psychologist and he made us all realise that all the players want the same thing, and that’s to develop.”

Coley is yet to score for City since signing in the summer following a successful trial period with the club, but believes that once he gets on the score sheet he can go on a goal scoring run.

“I’m working hard all of the time so I know I’m developing as a player, especially since the start of the season.

“I know I’m getting into the right areas of the pitch but I think that’s something that I can improve on. Last season I scored a lot which helped with my confidence, but this season I think when I get a chance I’ve started to panic.

“The expectations here are higher than they were last season, but I think once I get a goal hopefully I can go on a bit of a run.”

The City midfielder is looking to develop his game even further, and wants to use last week’s win to inspire the team against Tottenham.

“My aim is to develop my game and to develop as a team as well. I’ve got used to this level now and have started to believe in my contribution to the team more.

“As a winger, a lot of your game is based on the confidence you have so that win was massive for me and my confidence. Hopefully as a team we can carry on how we played last week and start winning more games.”

You can follow updates of the match at Colney Training Centre by following our Academy Twitter account HERE

Please note – although fans are welcome to watch the matches at Colney they are advised that due to the extensive building works on site there is very limited parking.

What parking there is available is strictly on a first-come, first served basis and therefore supporters are advised to share transport or seek alternative methods of getting to the training ground – a drop off area at the gates will be employed on the day of a game.


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