Norwich City U-18s team v Blackburn Rovers
CITY’s under-18s suffered their first defeat since December 1 as they lost 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers in the north-west.
The young Canaries played well but were caused trouble by the Rovers direct and physical style, conceding two second-half goals to put them on the back foot in Lancashire.
Reece Hall-Johnson did bag a late consolation in the 94th minute but it was too late to spur a dramatic late comeback for the Canaries as they head into their FA Youth Cup fifth round clash with Birmingham City at Carrow Road on February 26.
Despite the defeat, under-18s boss Neil Adams said: “I was very pleased with the performance and particularly the way we passed the ball and played some very good football at times.
“We certainly caused them plenty of problems throughout the game but we just couldn’t quite make the breakthrough and take our chances. They had two deflected shots to help with their goals and it put us on the back foot.
“They played quite a direct and physical style of play but we need to get used to playing against that sort of style, this time we couldn’t quite find the goals our play perhaps deserved.”
TEAM – CITY: Britt, Norman, Wyatt, McGeehan, Randall, Lokko, Freeman (Hodd 70), King, Morris, Hall-Johnson, Browne (St Louis 75). Subs not used: Swatman, Carroll, Grant.