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Match preview: Norwich City U18s v West Ham United U18s

23 April 2021

After their convincing 5-0 win over Southampton last week, Norwich City Under-18s host West Ham United at the Lotus Training Centre this Saturday (12pm KO).

The fixture was originally due to kick-off at 11am but has since been pushed back an hour for the midday start.

Ahead of the game, the Canaries are eighth in the table, just two points behind Arsenal with a game in hand. It’s been a long chase for seventh as the weeks have gone by for the Canaries, slowly closing the gap as they look to finish high in the table as the season comes to its end.

Meanwhile, West Ham sit tenth in the table with 20 points from 21 games played, eight points behind City this far into the season. The Hammers’ last result was a good draw against tough opposition as they took a point from fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur.

Three points wouldn’t adjust the London sides’ position in the table but could see them move to within a point of West Bromwich Albion who face Southampton on Saturday.

After a comeback victory away from home against Brighton and a dominant performance against the Saints last week, City will be looking to make it three wins in a row against the Hammers.

A Southampton own-goal kicked-off City’s scoring last time out, before goals from Ken Aboh, Alex Matos, Oscar Thorn and Joe Duffy all saw the young Canaries emerge with a well-deserved three points.

After their 5-0 loss to the Hammers at Carrow Road in the FA Youth Cup, this Saturday gives City the chance to redeem themselves against the visitors. Under-18s coach Greg Crane spoke after the loss, saying the team needs to learn how to process both winning and losing.

“The lads have got to learn to win, and they have got to learn to lose. The first team players have to live with that pressure every game, every week. So hopefully they learn from it.

“They learn how they feel in certain moments and how they act in victory and how they act in defeat, because the lads are in the dressing room with the chins on their chest and thinking it is the end of the world, but tomorrow is another day and we go again.”

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