Striker full of confidence ahead of City U23s’ clash with Newport in EFL Trophy
Making a strong start to the season has filled Norwich City Under-23s with confidence ahead of their second game in the EFL Trophy group stages at Newport County tonight, says striker Tyrese Omotoye.
David Wright’s prospects won 3-2 against a young first team squad of League One side Plymouth Argyle in their Southern Group F opener and have since won three of their four Premier League Two games to sit top of Division Two.
Josip Drmic was on target as some senior players bolstered the youngsters in 3-0 home wins over Reading and Crystal Palace, either side of a 3-0 loss at Aston Villa.
Then 18-year-old forward Omotoye notched his third goal of the season as City’s U23s beat Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage on Friday.
“We’re extremely confident,” said the youngster. “We’ve had very good results and performances over the last few weeks, so we’re looking to carry that over to Tuesday, regardless of the opponents we come up against.
“It’s a really good experience for us against top opposition. Obviously, we’re trying to get into that professional game and to see what we’re up against and what it’s like at that level.
“We’re always looking to win every game, we’re all really competitive in training, so it comes naturally for us in games.”
However, Newport are top of League Two after a 2-1 home win over Mansfield. It remains to be seen if manager Michael Flynn will name a full-strength XI, after his side reached the fourth round of the League Cup - with former Norwich academy striker Tristan Abrahams having six goals in eight games, scoring cup goals against Swansea, Watford and Newcastle.
Victory this evening (7pm kick-off) could seal progress to the knockout stages with a game to play for City, with Cheltenham hosting Plymouth tonight as well at 7.45pm.
“Plymouth was a different experience, it was difficult at times, but we adapted to the game very well,” Omotoye reflected on the Trophy opener at Home Park last month, speaking to the Canaries’ official website. “We made the game, we controlled it towards the end.
“I’m really confident, but I take it a game at a time, a minute at a time. I stay patient and wait for my chance and when it comes, I do my best to take it.”