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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

20 August 2018 Venue Colney Training Centre Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Norwich City PL2
3 - 2
Reading PL2

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Ciaren Jones enjoying the challenge at Norwich City

18 August 2018

Ciaren Jones is relishing the step up in quality as he acclimatises to life with Norwich City.

The Under-23s centre back made his competitive debut for the Canaries last Monday in their 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa in Premier League 2.

Jones, 18, joined City from Luton Town in the summer and believes he has what it takes to prove himself at this standard of football.

"I thought I did well for my first game at this level because last season I was playing Category Three [academy] football," said Jones.

"It was a challenging pre-season. The boys here - their feet are a lot quicker compared to what I was used to. 

"There's a massive difference in playing styles as well - at this level, it's a lot more about playing on the floor.

"I had a Spanish coach [at Luton Town] last year and he was great for how I want to play. 

"I love playing under pressure. Sometimes when I'm pressed, I like to pick out a pass in small spaces."

Jones played the full 90 minutes as the Development Squad's season started with a disappointing defeat in the west Midlands.

"In the first-half we did really well," he continued. "We kept the ball well but just couldn't find that end product. 

"They weren't challenging us much at all offensively and we were defending really well. They had a bit of luck on their side with the goal and that put a dampener on our mood.

"We were constantly trying to find that killer pass but we just couldn't in the end."

City's youngsters are back in action on Monday when they host Reading at Colney and Jones says they are looking for big improvements.

"The boys definitely want to score on Monday. Reading like to press a lot so we're going to try and play out of the press.

"Once we get out of that press, we need to try and take our chances at the other end."

This Monday's match takes place at the Colney Training Centre. Although fans are welcome to watch the matches at Colney, they are advised that due to the extensive building works on site there is very limited parking.

What parking there is available is strictly on a first-come, first served basis and therefore supporters are advised to share transport or seek alternative methods of getting to the training ground – a drop off area at the gates will be employed on the day of a game.

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Match Reports

Under-23s come from two-down to beat Reading

20 August 2018

Norwich City Under-23s produced a thrilling comeback to beat Reading 3-2 at Colney for their first victory of the Premier League 2 season.

A double from Danny Loader gave City plenty of work to do after half-an-hour but they earned a route back into the game before half-time thanks to a stunner from Simon Power.

City dominated the second-half and Adam Idah got them level before Ant Spyrou completed the turnaround with just minutes left on the clock.

Matt Gill's side struggled to get into their rhythm early on and it was the visitors who struck first. Loader was played through on goal and he rounded Aston Oxborough before slotting into an empty net.

The Reading man then had an immediate chance to double his team’s lead but he crashed a right-footed effort against the woodwork from just inside the box. 

City got better as the half progressed and went close on 20 minutes. Idah did well to control a Caleb Richards cross but his low strike was smothered by Reading keeper Luke Southwood.

Devonte Aransibia then tried his luck from distance after shifting the ball into space but, from 25-yards, Southwood was there to deny him.

Shortly after Loader wasted a good chance to grab his hat-trick, City reduced the arrears when Spyrou fed the ball back to Power who unleashed a unstoppable strike in off the crossbar.

Goal action was sparse from then on, with City having the best opportunity. Tom Scully spread a brilliant ball wide to Power to who controlled and drilled a lot strike just past Southwood’s far post.

The first chance of the second-half saw Joel Rollinson bend an effort just wide but at the other end, City found themselves level on 50 minutes. Power’s persistence paid off on the right and his cross was controlled and finished well by Idah.

The momentum was fully with City and they went close to taking the lead shortly after. First, Tom Scully’s half-volley just missed the top corner and then Idah went close to grabbing a second but Southwood was equal to his low strike.

City were starting to dominate proceedings and Power was almost through on-goal on 80 minutes but he was sliced over by Royin Omolabi and the Reading man was sent for an early bath.

And they made the man advantage count with just minutes to play when Spyrou was played through and showed great composure to finish past Southwood.

City XI: Oxborough; Kamal, Odusina, Martin, Richards; Power, T. Scully, Aransibia (c), A. Scully (t) (Payne, 70); Spyrou, Idah

Goals: Power, Idah, Spyrou

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