PG: Getting Opportunities

Wednesday 7 March 2018 10:00

Peter Grant’s Under-23s travel to Norwich on Wednesday for their rearranged PL2 fixture in a 7pm kick-off.

“They are playing very well,” Grant commented on the Canaries' recent form that has seen them win four of their last five.

“They knock the ball about well, they play a couple of different systems. In the last couple of games, they have played a basic 4-4-2 with two strikers, which I like to do as well.

“They move the ball, create chances and have a good work ethic, they have picked up some fantastic results in difficult fixtures so we know we are in for a tough game.”

Fulham are not at full strength in attack for this fixture, with some of the boys out on loan and a recent ligament injury to striker Michael Elstone.

“At one stage you probably think we had a bit of an overload of players with an abundance of talent in that position,” Grant noted. “Elijah [Adebayo] scored a lot of goals for us, he was leading goal scorer before he left for Cheltenham Town.

"George [Williams] was scoring for us, Stephen Humphrys was scoring goals for us, Jon Dagur [Thorsteinsson] has a slight injury so he’s not really been playing. He’s been in and out feeling injury all the time. 

“Michael had come in and scored for us, so all these things came at the one time. So we are trying to adjust it, finding how to get more opportunities in the box and obviously getting more bodies in the box.

“Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have a lot of strikers to chose from. Young Nicolas [Santos-Clase] has come in, I was really pleased with him at Stoke, I thought he was excellent. 

“The keeper made a couple great saves from him, he had two opportunities he probably should have scored with, but I thought his all-round game and his movement was excellent. 

“He has deserved his call up because he has been doing exceptionally well with the Under-18s and that is what we are all about.”

“The result is important because we always want to win, but the big result for us is these youngsters like Ty [Francois], Jayden [Harris] and now Nicolas coming in to cement their place in the team with their performances.

“Long may that continue, because that is always the better result for us, saying that we would love to win as well.

“I was fortunate enough to play for Norwich and to manage there, I loved it, it is a fantastic Club.

“There were fantastic people like Michael [Wynn-Jones] and Delia [Smith], they were excellent with me. It is a club close to my heart so it is always special to go back there, but I always like going back to beat them.

“There is nothing better than going back to one of your old clubs, you go back there and have great respect for them.”

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