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Match preview: West Bromwich Albion U23s v Norwich City U23s

9 May 2021

Their final game of the 2020-2021 season, and the last of their double header, Norwich City travel to Birmingham County FA to take on West Brom this Monday (2pm KO).

Heading into their final fixture of the campaign, the Canaries are eleventh in the Premier League 2 table, five points behind Fulham, meaning the young Canaries won’t be able to progress any higher in the league regardless of Monday’s result.

Meanwhile, West Brom still find themselves at the bottom of the division in 13th with 22 points after 23 games, a win taking them on level-pegging with City.

The young Canaries last fixture was against this Monday’s opponents after a postponement earlier in the season saw the away fixture moved to the end of the campaign.

Their last meeting, just over a week ago, ended in a 2-2 draw at the Lotus Training Centre after a rapid-fire Matthew Dennis brace.

A late leveller from the Baggies’ Jamie Andrews saw the visitors go level with City, taking a point at 2-2 by full time.

City will be looking to sign the season off with a win as they take on West Brom, the young Canaries not seeing a win since early March against Reading.

Speaking in his post-match interview in City's previous draw with the Baggies, David Wright said he felt his U23s 'couldn't find control' of their first game, something he'll hope changes in their second attempt.

“We spoke before the game that we were going to control this game through possession, because we knew that if it turned into a transitional game, it could be anything.

"They (West Brom) are dangerous on the transition and so are we. So, we talked about controlling the game through possession and we did that in the last 30 minutes of the first half and we reiterated that message at half-time.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t have the courage to continue doing that because their press got higher and a bit more aggressive.

“We didn’t have the courage to play through it, which if we had done, we would have controlled the game again. However, we didn’t do that and that is why the game turned into a transitional game again. We could not find the control. We could have scored a couple they could have scored a couple and then the result became a bit a toss of a coin.”

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