It’s the third of four home games in a row for Norwich City Under-18s as they host Leicester City at the Lotus Training Centre this Saturday (12pm KO).
The U18s are looking to make it six from nine possible points with a win over the Foxes this weekend, after a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last weekend, much like their U23s counterparts.
With one win and one loss in their two games of the 2020-21 U18 Premier League season so far, the Canaries sit in 4th place with a big +3 goal difference.
Last time out, the U18s had to settle for a point against Leicester after a high-scoring 4-4 draw.
The Canaries had a cushioned two goal lead in the game going into the last ten minutes, but fatigue had set in enough to open the door for Leicester, who scored twice in quick succession to finish the game at a 4-4 scoreline.
Under-18s forward Tony Springett is confident going into the game, saying last week’s loss to Aston Villa was a much-needed reality check for the team.
“I think it was a good lesson to get at the start of the season, I guess some of us felt like we should’ve won the game, but it’s good to have that reality check.
"It’s a good learning curve and we’re going to take it on board into each and every game with 100% effort.”
Discussing the game ahead against the Foxes, Springett gave the same message as his teammates previously, saying the team can only focus on themselves and their ability heading into their matches.
“The feeling is the same as every week, we don’t look at teams as better than the other, we just know the standard of football that we can play to.
"We go into every game treating every team the same, we know the ability we have, and we know we can win. It’s about having that winning mentality; I think we’re all starting to have that, especially with how much and how hard we’ve been working.”
Making cameo appearances for the U23s, in some cases the night before an U18s fixtures, Springett relishes the opportunity, saying he has to adapt to the challenge rather than shy away from it.
“I can’t complain, it’s a blessing to play with the 23s, it’s a higher-level experience that’s quicker and harder. It is hard and tiring to have another game the next day, but it’s all in the mind, I’ve got to do what I can to make sure I’m ready for the next game.
"In the big game, there’s going to be times like this, so I’m adapting to all kinds of situations.”
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