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Norwich City U23s head for Reading looking to continue unbeaten run in PL2

Matt Gill takes his Norwich City U23s side to Reading today. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Matt Gill takes his Norwich City U23s side to Reading today. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City Under-23s return to Premier League Two action at Reading this afternoon.

The young Canaries are looking to build on a three-match unbeaten run, beating Stoke 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Blackburn at Carrow Road either side of a 2-2 draw with Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Tristan Abrahams scored his first Norwich goal in the draw with Blackburn last time out and U23s boss Matt Gill wants to see draws turning into wins.

“We’ve gone three unbeaten,” said Gill, who is assisted by Darren Huckerby. “We’ve had quite good consistency with team selection which helps and the lads are taking on the information me and Hucks are trying to give them.

“They’re in a decent enough place but we want to try and build on our performances now and turn them into results.

“There was loads of positives to take from the Blackburn game at Carrow Road but the overriding feeling was that we could have won the game and we should have a done a bit more in that second half.

“We’ve done lots of attacking work this week alongside working on our defensive shape that we do all the time. Obviously we’re looking to turn draws into wins but as long as the lads are taking on board what we’re telling them, that’s the main thing.”

The Royals have won three of their five games to sit fourth in Division Two of PL2 going into the game, being played at Reading’s training ground at 1pm.

Norwich are 10th with five points from five games and Gill expects a tough game against a team who beat City 4-1 in the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup last season, before losing 2-0 to Swansea in the final.

“We came across them in a cup semi-final last year and they outplayed us on the day so it will be a really tough game,” he continued, speaking to City’s official website.

“It’s at their training ground so the lads have to make sure they’re ready for the challenge. They’ve got some good players and quite a bit of strength in depth so it will be a good challenge and one the lads are looking forward to.

“We have no new injury concerns which is good because the lads have been worked very hard this week. So we’ll look very similar on Monday.”

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