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Match preview: Brighton & Hove Albion U18s v Norwich City U18s

Making a trip to the south coast, Norwich City Under-18s take on Brighton & Hove Albion U18s this Saturday (11am KO).

In our match preview, we’ll be taking a look at the Seagulls season so far, and hearing from goalkeeper Jayden St Paul on his thoughts going into the fixture.

The opposition

It’s a double-header against the Seagulls for City, facing them in the league this weekend before taking them on in the group stages of the Premier League Cup seven days later.

With one win, one draw and one loss, Brighton have seen it all so far this season, most recently sharing points with Arsenal after an intense 2-2 stalemate.

Scoring five and conceding five, it’s been a fine balance for the Seagulls in their three fixtures, having only been stopped from scoring by Leicester City.

Meanwhile, it hasn’t been the easiest start to the season for the Canaries. After three defeats from three, the young City side are still searching for their first win of the campaign.

The side’s last faced each other back in April 2021, when City came from behind to take a 3-1 win over this weekend’s hosts.

Jayden St Paul: “There’s a lesson to be learned from every game” Under-18s goalkeeper Jayden St Paul says there’s optimism in the team after a positive performance against Chelsea in their last outing, and says he feels confident the team can take the win this weekend.

“I think there’s a lot of positivity around the group, especially after the last league game. It wasn’t the start we wanted with the three losses we’ve had, but I think there was a lot of positives to take from Chelsea, especially the first half performance.

“We showed we can compete, we just happened to have a bad start. If we take the positives from Chelsea into Brighton, we have a really good chance of coming away with the win.”

Speaking on the bumps in the road so far this season, St Paul says the team aren’t concerned with the results on the pitch, but the lessons that can be learnt instead.

“Everything isn’t going to be fixed instantly, there’s going to be little tweaks over the season. There’s a lesson to be learned from every game that we’re going to play and there was a lot more positives from the game against Chelsea.

“We want to win games, that’s why we’re here, but we’re part of the Under-18s. Part of that is improving and moving onto the next level, it’s about both winning games and our development.”

Finally, facing the team he made his Norwich debut against, the goalkeeper says the team’s mentality is their biggest asset going into games as the underdog.

“Brighton was my first league game for Norwich last season, so I’m hoping we’ll get a similar result this time round! We’re not fazed by how well the other team are doing, we go into every game with the same mentality, it doesn’t matter who’s facing us on the other side of the pitch.

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