City youngsters prepare for final Carrow Road game of the season

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 13 April 2018

Adam Phillips scored when City's U23s lost their PL2 away game to Wolves 4-2 earlier in the season. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Adam Phillips scored when City's U23s lost their PL2 away game to Wolves 4-2 earlier in the season. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Norwich City Under-23s play their final Carrow Road game of the season when they take on Wolves on Sunday afternoon (2pm kick-off).

The Canaries’ development squad haven’t had a competitive game since losing 2-1 at Southampton on March 12, leaving them ninth in Division Two of Premier League Two.

U23s head coach Matt Gill revealed some of his squad had been in action during the last month though.

“We went down to Vicarage Road to help with some VAR testing,” he said. “We played two 60-minute games against Watford and Barnet and managed to win them both 3-1.

“We had the chance to look at some trialists and we’ve also used this spell without a competitive game to work on some individuals’ strength and power.

“It’s been a different spell for the boys having a period without any games. We needed to make sure we were making the full use of their time.”

Wolves are a point and a place better off than City in the table having played a game less – and have already faced Norwich on three occasions this season.

Todd Cantwell scored twice and Tristan Abrahams was also on target during a 3-3 away draw in the group stages of the Premier League Cup back in November, with Wolves winning 4-2 in the league a couple of weeks later.

Wolves also won the cup game at Carrow Road 2-0 in February as they finished top of Group C and City missed out on the knockout stages.

With a trip to Aston Villa still to come on April 23, Gill wants his players to finish on a high, with a top-half finish still possible having won seven and drawn five of their 20 PL2 games so far this campaign.

“We were on such a good run and to lose the last two games was disappointing,” he continued, speaking to City’s official website. “We put in a really good performance down in Southampton and hopefully we can match that level in the final two games.

“We’re conscious of not letting the last two games fizzle out and we want to finish as high in the table as we can, which will hopefully be the highest the Club has finished in a while.”

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