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Tom Scully: It’s the perfect club to make a breakthrough

10 January 2019

Norwich City’s Under-23s midfielder Tom Scully said he’s “enjoyed every minute” of his time with City so far when speaking ahead of the Canaries game against Aston Villa on Friday at Colney (7pm kick-off).

The midfielder has been a regular in David Wright’s side this season after joining from Everton in the summer, and has started City’s Under-23s last two games.

Scully said: “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it [at Norwich City]. From a personal point, I can improve, as well as the team, but I feel like I’ve done okay.”

Last time out the Under-23s lost 4-3 against Reading at Hogwood Park in Premier League 2, but despite a respectable scoreline, Scully believes his team needs to start playing well for the full 90 minutes.

“We went 1-0 up and then they went and scored a screamer to make it 1-1. The second half, we took the foot off the gas and they ran away with it.

“The boys showed a bit of character to get it back to 4-3, but the start of the second half lost us the game, so hopefully can play better than that against Aston Villa.

“We are only putting 20 minutes together here and there so that’s what we’ve been learning about, we’ve been with the psychologist and he’s getting our mindset ready to make a game look like 90 minutes instead of 20 minutes.”

Scully has settled well into life in Norfolk, and believes Norwich City is the right club for his progression into senior football.

“There are four academy players in the starting team. I don’t think you’d find that anywhere else, so I feel like I’m at the right place. The likes of Max [Aarons], Jamal [Lewis], Todd [Cantwell] and Ben [Godfrey], it’s the perfect club to make a breakthrough.”

Looking ahead to Friday’s game, the City midfielder said the current Under-23s side is completely different from when they came up against Villa at the start of the season.

“We are desperate for a win just to get our confidence back up, but every single day we are working hard for each other so it will come, we just need a bit of luck to raise our confidence," he said. 

“There are people out on loan and new signings but I think the difference is that we are more of a group now because we know each other more and we are working harder for each other, so I think we have a better chance this time.”

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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