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Match preview: Norwich City U23s v Wolverhampton Wanderers U23s

20 December 2020

With one game left until the Christmas break, Norwich City Under-23s host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Lotus Training Centre (1pm KO).

Ahead of the game, the young Canaries sit fourth in the Premier League 2 table, three points behind league leaders Leeds United.

The game is due to be a competitive one, with Wolves third in the league, level on points with City as both teams have 16 points, the west midlands side just edging the higher positioning on goal difference.

Despite a loss to Sunderland which had first-place up for grabs, a home win over Wolves could still see the Canaries shoot to at least second in the table and well within the play-off places. 

Speaking on the loss to the Black Cats in their last fixture, U23s coach David Wright said his side struggled to figure the game out, especially in difficult conditions.

“We didn’t figure the game out or the type of game it was going to be until the second half,” he said. “The pitch was difficult and it was heavy. They had a real press on, so in terms of trying to play through that press, it was difficult in the conditions.

“What we had to do was bypass that press early and get it into our front two as quickly as possible, which would get us up the pitch, and then we could play our stuff in and around our box.

“But we definitely didn’t figure that out in the first half and we were unable to execute that plan.

The Canaries last faced Wolves in February of the 2018-2019 season, taking a 4-0 loss to the side. In their first meeting since, City will be looking to avoid that same result and reaffirm themselves at the top end of the table.

Under-23s left-back Rob Nizet was honest in how he thinks the team felt after their loss to Sunderland in the last game, saying it was a tough week, but feels as though the team have done their best to prepare for Wolves regardless.

"It was hard, we didn't really need the loss to Sunderland, we should've won the game even if it was a hard one. We've prepared well for this game, it'll be a good one for the team. It's been a tough week, but we feel like we're really prepared for Wolves.

"We just need to keep doing the good things and take them into the next games and try our best to take out the bad things. We need to make sure for the next game that the bad doesn't happen again."

The Belgian youth international is hopeful for a win before the break, describing it as the perfect way for Wright's side to start their Christmas period.

"We've got a really good team tomorrow, so it'll be a really good game, Wolves have as well because they've got the same amount of points as us.

"A win would be good because I think that'll take us to the same amount of points as Leeds, I don't know about the goal difference but it'll be a good thing to have for Christmas, a win would be really good for us.

"A good three points would be really nice for the team to start Christmas after a win. That'll be really good before the break."

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