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Match preview: Norwich City Under-18s v Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s

6 November 2020

Norwich City Under-18s look to get back to winning ways and pick up three points before the international break as they host Tottenham Hotspur at the Lotus Training Centre on Saturday (11:30am KO).

The U18s side are hoping to get back on track with three points as they face Spurs, as a win breaks their streak of three losses in a row.

The Canaries current record sees them in eighth-place in the U18 Premier League table, five points behind Spurs at seventh, meaning a win won’t see them climb any places, instead keep their chase of the table’s higher positions alive.

The north London U18s are on good form coming into this game, only losing one from six so far in their campaign.

The young Canaries last outing against Tottenham proved to be a nail-biting one as they took a point from a last-minute equaliser back in February of the 2019-2020 season.

The game was at a stalemate until the 86th minute, until J’Neil Lloyd-Bennett found the breakthrough for Spurs, scoring what they thought to be the winner. As the game came down to the dying minutes of added time, now Under-23s midfielder Zach Dronfield found the back of the net to scupper a point for the City side.

Having recently made his move up to the Under-18s, defender Brad Hills says he feels like the team were too ‘soft’ in their 5-1 loss to Arsenal, but says it’s motivated them to get a result against the Gunners’ rivals.

“It’s been a tough week, we didn’t have the best game against Arsenal on the weekend, but I think we’ve trained well, and we want to impress this week. Tottenham are a good side, so this is our chance to show everyone that we’re not just nice Norwich.

“At Arsenal we were too soft, we didn’t get stuck in, so this week we’ve got to put it right.

“We showed them too much respect, sometimes because they’re a big team like Arsenal we assume they’re going to be good like their first-team and they should have the best players, but we should know it’s not like that.”

Hills has high hopes for the game against Spurs, saying as a defender it’s an objective of his in every game to keep a clean sheet, even against the highest-scoring teams.

“As a defender, I look to keep a clean sheet. That’s my main priority every game, not to concede a goal. It’s going to be tough; I think they’ve scored the most goals this season.

“They’re a good side, but we’ve worked on what we need to do and we’re ready for this game. We’re feeling confident, all of us first-years have settled in well and we’re ready to go.”

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