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Zach Dronfield: Keeping our heads held high is really important

27 September 2019

Under-18s player Zach Dronfield is confident in the team’s ability against Fulham this Saturday (12pm KO), looking to help the team get back to winning ways.

Speaking to, Zach thought back to a previous fixture against Fulham as a recipe for success in their next meeting.

“Earlier on in the season we played them and got a draw out of them, they ended up scoring a late equaliser," he said. "From that game alone, I think it shows that we can score against them. If we just tidy up a little in defense, I think we can deliver them their first loss of the season.”

When asked about development as a young player, Zach spoke fondly of taking inspiration from older sides such as the U23s and the first team, setting important targets for himself to achieve.

“When you watch the older squads train, or if you watch their games, you’re constantly looking at the players in your position and thinking “What are they doing that I can do?”, “How can I get better?” or “How can I compete with them for a place in their squad?”. So yeah, you look up to them all the time.”

It’s been a tough period for the young Canaries, losing four games in a row, soon to play Fulham, who have had four wins successively. Discussing this, Zach said that a few unfavourable results won’t keep the team spirit down.

“We just keep things the same, so having that banter in the dressing room and a really good vibe in training. When we score really good goals in training everyone celebrates together.

"We just try to keep smiling and laughing through the difficult times and just stay together as a team, not letting one person get their head down because that can lead to everyone else letting their head down. Just keeping everyones heads held high is really important”

Wrapping up the interview, the young midfielder gave a confident score prediction ahead of the game.

“I’m saying a solid 3-1 win to us.”

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