Date: 9th August 2016 at 2:46pm
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New signing Oliver Norwood has spoken of his hopes at making his club debut in tonight’s League Cup game against Colchester United.

The Northern Ireland international came into the club last week from Reading on a three year deal, and as well as having praise for his colleagues for the Championship opener against Derby County, he was now looking forward to getting himself going and hopefully getting some good minutes in the Cup clash.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own pre game press conference, he said of the Derby encounter and his own hopes for Colchester.

‘I thought the lads were brilliant, we probably shaded the game and could have won it. Opening days are always like that, it was a difficult game at Derby, a good point and hopefully we can kick-start the season with a win over Colchester in the cup. It will be a chance to hopefully get some minutes on the pitch. I`m looking forward to getting out there now, it was a hectic 48 hours for me before the weekend, but I`ve now had a bit of time to settle in and find my feet. I`m really looking forward to Tuesday night. I knew before I came here there`d be competition for places, with the quality of the squad and the heights they achieved last season. When you`re given the chance, you have to do well and hope you play well enough to stay in the team.’

With the 25 year old facing Colchester at this stage of the competition last year with Reading, that game went to extra time and he’s expecting them to prove to be another tough test.

‘It was tough to score, they sat back and put ten players behind the ball at all times. It was difficult and we couldn`t find the breakthrough until the 115th minute. Hopefully it won`t take as long on Tuesday night, but we`re expecting a really tough game. They`re going to come to the Amex, see the surroundings and be really up for the game. We`ve just got to do everything we can to win and progress through to the next round.’

He also had words of praise for Dale Stephens, who returned to contention tonight having missed the season opener with a suspension.

‘He`s a fantastic footballer. I`ve not really enjoyed playing against him much to be honest, he`s a very good footballer, but also a really nice lad. I`ve played against Dale when he was at Charlton, and also when I played in Manchester United`s academy team, so we`ve played against each other quite a lot. He and Beram Kayal were brilliant together last year, and as a player looking from the outside, you want that kind of competition. You want to be playing with good players and that`s what excited me about moving here.’

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