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Match preview: Chelsea Under-18s v Norwich City Under-18s

22 October 2020

Over a month into the season, Norwich City Under-18s are on the road for their first away day of the campaign as they travel to Cobham Training Centre to face Chelsea (12:15pm KO).

The U18s will be looking to bounce back with a big win after their 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace last Saturday, when the Eagles came back from two goals down with three second-half goals to take the win over the Canaries.

That loss now gives the Canaries a record of two wins and two losses from their first four games in the U18 Premier League, placing them sixth in the table with a more than positive +4 goal difference.

Last time out against the Chelsea, the U18s took a 3-2 loss, a late comeback from City falling just shy of the mark to earn a point.

Two early goals from George Nunn, Pierre Ekwah Elimby and a second-half stunner from the latter saw the Canaries down by three going into the last ten minutes of the game, with a six-minute brace from Jon Rowe coming too late to save a draw.

With no better man to talk to about the fixture, Rowe believes this is the perfect way for City to get their own back nearly a year on to the day.

Speaking to he said: “I thoroughly believe in our team’s ability and my own to be able to grab three points from this game.

“I think the amount of training we’ve been doing recently has been really beneficial for us and is making us all confident going into this game.

“They’re a big side, but for underdogs like us, as long as we have more heart, we’ll be able to get as much as we can from the game.”

Asked about his memories from that last meeting against Chelsea, Rowe described it as his best performance of the 2019-2020 season, saying he thinks the squad are able to get the win, even with a few injuries.

“I feel like I played really well, that was probably my best game of the season. My teammates helped me to get the goals and be so confident, the assists were awesome.

“I appreciate the team’s effort because it makes me feel confident the next time we play them.

“We have a few players still injured or just not 100% yet, they’re crucial parts of the team, but with the rest of the squad we have I feel like we can overcome the challenges and grab these three points, which is the main thing.”

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