U18 Preview: Saints vs Norwich

By SFC Media time Fri 30 Sep Saints U18 vs Norwich U18

Under-18s coach Craig Fleming says he is delighted with how his side continue to operate, ahead of this weekend’s visit from Norwich City.

Last time out, a goal from Tyreke Johnson earned a valuable point away at Reading in a 1-1 draw.

Ten points from their opening five matches represents a strong return, but Fleming is particularly pleased with the strong performance levels.

He said: “There were lots of positives against Reading because it’s a difficult place to go and they’re an in-form team.

“If I’m being brutally honest we were a little bit disappointed with the first-half but overall it was a pleasing afternoon for us.

“It’s more the performances we’re interested in both individually and collectively. If you get that right then the results follow.

“Even in the games where we’ve had a couple of losses, the performances have been strong.

“We’ve been consistent. Arsenal and Spurs are the only two teams to beat us and we were very competitive in those games.

“We’ve been what we set out to be at the start of the season which is a difficult team to play against.”

Opponents Norwich City are a side Fleming is more than familiar with, having made over 300 appearances for the Canaries in a successful 10 year spell as a player.

There are few better placed than the Yorkshireman to assess their credentials and he is expecting their style to mirror that of Saints when they visit Staplewood.

“Norwich have some good young players and they’re pretty similar to us in the fact they have a strong Under-18s group who tend to play up with the Under-23s so it depends what kind of side they bring.

“They will play a pretty similar style to us as well as formation and shape.

“That might suit us but it depends on the kind of group they bring.”

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