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Alfie Payne: We will be looking to go even further in the International Cup

13 November 2018

Norwich City Under-23s face Athletic Club Bilbao Under-23s at Carrow Road in the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday (7pm kick-off).

Alfie Payne has been speaking to ahead of City’s game against the Spanish side.

The 19-year old has featured nine times for the Under-23s so far this season, and his impressive displays earned him a call up to the first team squad when they travelled to Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the month.

Payne said: “Playing in the competition will be a great opportunity to see how the European sides play, and to see how we can compete against them.

“It’s always good to experience different teams and different cultures. German teams, Spanish teams and English teams all play football in a different style.”

The last time the Canaries were in the competition, they progressed through to the semi-final in 2017, beating Celtic, Valencia and Dinamo Zagreb along the way.

That side featured the likes of James Maddison, Jamal Lewis and Josh Murphy - to name a few - who went on to establish themselves in the City first-team.

“Knowing that players who have played in the competition have progressed into the first team, it shows that if we work hard enough then we can progress as well as they have.

“It’s always good to see the path that we are going on is the same path other professional players have been on as well.”

Payne is excited to be playing against some top European opposition, and wants to see if this City Under-23s side can replicate what the 2016-17 group achieved.

“Every footballer wants to play against the best and compete against the top teams, so this competition is a great opportunity to see what we can do.

“We will be looking to emulate the form that they had in the competition and hopefully go even further.”

Tickets to see the game are free and can be collected from the ticket office at Carrow Road up until kick-off, or you can claim your free ticket online HERE.

Alternatively, we'll be providing live updates at and at our Twitter account.

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Match Reports

City Under-23s suffer defeat in PL International Cup opener

14 November 2018

Norwich City Under-23s began their Premier League International Cup campaign with a 3-0 defeat.

Atheltic Bilbao had the most chances throughout the game and saw goals from Asier Villalibre (2) and Jon Rojo to deny City a win.

David Wright welcomed senior member Todd Cantwell into his starting eleven and involved Jordan Thomas, making it his first appearance since his injury last season. Billy Johnson also made his first Under-23s appearance as Jon McCracken’s replacement.

The visitors had the first chance of the night with a long pass from captain Inigo Vicente through to Villalibre but his low shot was blocked well by Timi Odusina. Shortly after, Gaizka Larrazabal found himself in a dangerous spot but his effort was saved by Johnson.

The Spanish team looked more dangerous whilst they moved the ball quickly on each counter attack but they found themselves unable to get through City’s defence.

A free-kick was rewarded to Bilbao on the edge of the box on 25 minutes. Vicente’s low powerful kick swerved past the City wall and rebounded to Javier Murua who then shot wide. However, Bilbao finally got their reward in the 29th minute from a shot by Villalibre which ended up in the bottom right hand corner.

Bilbao nearly went two goals up a few minutes later but Oier Zarraga couldn’t find the back of the net after his shot narrowly missed goal.  Moments later, a clever pass was created by the visitors but City keeper did well to spread himself big to deflect another shot. City had a chance with 15 minutes to go in the first half but Josh Coley’s cross to Caleb Richards was shot across goal and resulted in Bilbao to get up the pitch to attack once more.

City were dominant in the last few minutes of the first half which saw Anthony Spyrou firing close range but his effort was saved by Bilbao’s keeper Ander Iruarrizaga, resulting in a corner that unfortunately didn’t create one last chance before the whistle.  

Villalibre scored again with a clean finish from inside the box in the 47th minute after the ball saw deflections off strikes from Jon Rojo and Antonio Salado. City pressed shortly after with clever passes from the midfield which saw Spyrou with the best chance of the game but his close range shot hit a defender to deny him a goal. 

Wright made two substitutions in the space of five minutes. Firstly, to replace Jordan Thomas with Bilal Kamal at right-back and brought Tom Scully on for Coley. Bilbao shortly after made their first sub of the night to replace Larrazabal for Juan Artola.

A loose ball falls to Rojo who smashed the ball in the back of the net, making it 3-0 to the visitors in the 75th minute. 

The 80th minute saw two other subsitutions for both sides, replacing Adam Phillips and Oier Zarraga for Saul Milovanovic and Jon Cabo. Bilbao's captain Inigo Vicente was then shortly replaced by Jon Gurzeta.

The last part of the game saw Bilbao controlling the ball well but City were close in stoppage time to getting on the score sheet when Alfie Payne fired over.

City Starting XI: Johnson; Thomas (Kamal 63), Richards, Lomas, Odusina (c), Payne, Coley (Scully 70), Phillips (Milovanovic 80), Spyrou, Aransibia, Cantwell

Unused subs: Jones; Blair,

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Ticket News

Free tickets available for City's Under-23s cup fixtures

30 October 2018

Tickets to watch Norwich City’s Under-23s in action in the Premier League International Cup at Carrow Road are now available for fans free of charge.

The team will take on Athletic Club Bilbao’s Under-23s on Wednesday, November 14, followed by VfL Wolfsburg’s Under-23s on Thursday, December 13. Kick-off for both games will be at 7pm.

Tickets are available free of charge in the Geoffrey Watling City Stand, Wensum Area.

To claim your tickets, call 01603 721902 or click HERE.

Alternatively you can get your tickets in person from the ticket office at Carrow Road or the Canaries Official store in Chapelfield.

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