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Match preview: Newport County v Norwich City Under-21s

5 October 2020

Just four days after a 2-0 win against Fulham, Norwich City Under-21s face senior League Two side Newport County in the second game of the EFL Trophy group stage (7pm KO).

David Wright’s side have been on incredible form since the start of the 2020-21 season, taking three convincing wins from four in Premier League 2 fixtures and beating Plymouth Argyle in their first game of the EFL Trophy

The Pilgrims came back from behind to level the scoring twice after goals from William Hondermarck and Tyrese Omotoye put the Canaries ahead, but Matthew Dennis’ goal proved to be the decisive finish as City took all three points from Argyle.

Now, a win against Newport would confirm the U21s progression into the knockout stages of the tournament, giving the young Canaries more than enough motivation to take a good result over the Exiles.

The Welsh side have been on good form themselves in recent weeks, sitting top of League Two after three successive league wins. The side also competed in the Carabao Cup, only to be knocked out by Newcastle United on penalties in the round of 16.

Under-23s striker Tyrese Omotoye is a man on fire in recent games, giving him the confidence in his team to take yet another win over senior opposition in this tournament.

“We’re extremely confident, we’ve had very good results and performances over the last few weeks, so we’re looking to carry that over to Tuesday, regardless of the opponents we come up against.

“It’s a really good experience for us against top opposition. Obviously, we’re trying to get into that professional game and to see what we’re up against and what it’s like at that level.

“We’re always looking to win every game, we’re all really competitive in training, so it comes naturally for us in games.”

Asked about his recently formed habit of finding the back of the net, Omotoye says he takes each game as it comes, but has reason to be confident in his own ability in front of goal.

“Plymouth was a different experience, it was difficult at times, but we adapted to the game very well. We made the game, we controlled it towards the end.

“I’m really confident, but I take it a game at a time, a minute a time. I stay patient and wait for my chance and when it comes, I do my best to take it.”

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