Addicks win 2-0 at Colney
Norwich City under-18s fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Charlton on Saturday in their final warm-up game ahead of the new season.
First half goals from Tobi Sho-Silva and Canadian trialist Terell Thomas were enough to seal the victory, despite an improved second half display from the young Canaries at the Colney Training Centre.
U18s manager Neil Adams told Canaries.co.uk afterwards: “We did much better in the second half, and brought three under-16s on.
“They did really well and gave us a good tempo to our play, but it’s disappointing because we didn’t have that as a group all the way through.
“The two goals we conceded in the first half made it a difficult deficit to claw back in the second half.
“We didn’t manage to get back into it in the end despite the chances we created, but it’s pre-season.
“We’re happy with where we are fitness-wise ahead of the season, but there is still plenty of work to do tactically, which will form the basis of the work we will do.
“Some of the players are coming into the building on a full-time basis for the first time, and sometimes a defeat in pre-season can be a good thing, because it emphasises what you need to work on.
“That’s what football is about with young players. You’ve got to stick with them and make them believe in themselves so they can improve week-on-week.”
The new season begins for Neil Adams’ side on Saturday as embark upon a league campaign against a number of other teams that have applied for Category One status under the new Elite Player Performance Plan rulings.
He added: “We’ve got Blackburn first up away from home. It’s a long way, but the Club are looking after us by allowing us to stay overnight, otherwise we’d be leaving really early in the morning.
“It’s an exciting time with the EPPP structure taking over, and we’re looking forward to it.
“Of course Blackburn made the FA Youth Cup final last season, so it’ll be a really big test for us.”
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