Norwich City’s Under-23s take on Stoke City on Monday evening (7pm kick-off) as they return to Colney Training Centre in the Premier League 2.
The Canaries go into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory away against Manchester United’s Under-23s thanks to second-half goals from Adam Idah and Gassan Ahadme.
Canaries.co.uk spoke to centre-midfielder Saul Milovanovic who has established himself as a regular in David Wright’s side this season, and he shared his thoughts ahead of the game.
“The Manchester United game was a great win,” said Milovanovic. “I think defensively we worked hard and were solid, and the team showed a lot of character and determination throughout, especially when coming back from behind.
“We started off a bit slow, but [Adam] Idah scored the penalty and then Gassan scored a really good goal towards the end of the game which I thought overall we deserved.
“After we scored to go in front we did really well defensively when they started to try and get and equaliser, we all stayed switched on to see the game out and get the three points”
City are unbeaten in their last two games, drawing against Nottingham Forest at the Impact Arena before picking up a win last Friday, and Milovanovic highlighted how young the current group of players were in them games.
“We went through a bit of a bad patch in the middle of the season, but when you look at our last two games we have picked up a bit, so hopefully we can take this bit of form into the Stoke game.
“In our last game I think we had five or six players who are still eligible to play for the Under-18s, so it just shows the potential of the players coming through at this club.”
The City midfielder is looking forward to the challenge on Monday, as they come up against a side who have won their last five games in all competitions, scoring 20 goals in the process.
“Stoke have quite an old Under-23s squad so it’s going to be tough, but I think it will be a good game because both sides have scored a lot of goals recently."
You can follow updates of the match by following our Academy Twitter account @NorwichCityAcad.
Please note – although fans are welcome to watch matches at Colney they are advised that due to the extensive building works on site there is very limited parking.
Parking is available 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 also be employed on the day of a game.