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Match preview: Norwich City U23s v Newcastle United U23s

18 March 2021

Two weeks since their last Premier League 2 fixture, Norwich City Under-23s host Newcastle United at the Lotus Training Centre on Friday (1pm KO).

A win against Reading in their last game saw the Canaries take all three points, seeing them ninth in the PL2 table, just a point behind seventh-placed Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, Newcastle sit bottom of the table at 13th with 17 points, but just a single win could see the Tyneside squad elevate themselves to eleventh.

A win over Newcastle could see the Canaries pass Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, whilst also taking them level on points with sixth-placed Crystal Palace.

Before the two-week break, City travelled to Bearwood Park Training Facility to face Reading in a game which saw the Canaries come away victorious after goals from Marco Stiepermann and Jon Rowe.

David Wright’s side started on the front foot when Stiepermann found the back of the net just five minutes in, before turning from goalscorer to provider as he set Rowe up for his finish in the 56th minute. Holding on to a 2-1 lead, Stiepi killed the game off for the Canaries with a 90th minute goal to seal all three points for the U23s.

City will look back on their last game against Newcastle fondly after taking a solid 2-0 win. In another dominant yellow and green performance, defender Rob Nizet’s brace was the difference as City took the win over the Magpies at the Northumberland FA.

Speaking in his post-match interview after Monday’s 3-1 win over Colchester United in a behind-closed-doors friendly, January signing Regan Riley knows just how important this fixture can be for City.

“Newcastle on Friday is a big game and a competitive one,” Riley said. “If we put in a big shift like today, everyone will be ready for it. Today was about keeping it ticking over and we’re looking forward to that as well.”

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