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CITY U18S LOSE SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER

3 August 2012

Ipswich Town snatch victory at Colney

NEIL Adam’s Norwich City under-18s were edged out 4-3 by Ipswich Town in an action-packed game at Colney on Saturday morning.

A youthful City went 1-0 down, before goals from Carlton Morris, Reece Hall-Johnson, and Kyle McFadden put them back in front.

However late second half strikes from the visitors denied the Canaries another pre-season victory, despite some positive performances from the team in yellow.

U18s boss Adams told Canaries.co.uk: “We had a few chances to put the game to bed which we didn’t take and we allowed two sloppy goals in the second half.

“So we’re disappointed at the result, and disappointed at the way we conceded some of the goals, but there were a lot of good things from the game too.

“It was a good performance really. We had an under-16s goalkeeper playing, and only five second years involved. 

“We played some really good football, but we’re a little disappointed about the way we conceded the goals.

“That’ll be something we work on defensively, but there are a lot of good things overall.

“It’s not about results at this stage of pre-season, it’s all about trying to progress the players through the system, into the under-21s development squad, and hopefully into the first team eventually. 

“Already I think we’ve had five players that have appeared in the development squad, and then Josh Murphy in the first team on Friday so that’s the ultimate aim.

“We obviously want to win games, and it’s important to make sure these players learn how to win games, but the ultimate objective at this level is to develop the players enough so that they can take the next step.”

U18s pair Harry Barker and Josh Murphy were both part of the first team squad that travelled to MK Dons for a friendly on Friday night, with the latter coming on for the final ten minutes.

Both players featured for the U18s against Ipswich, and Adams was pleased to see both players involved with Chris Hughton’s squad for the match.

“Josh Murphy started the first 45 minutes and played really well for us,” said Adams. “He looked really sharp and was a real threat on the left flank - he created one of our goals.

“Harry Barker was involved in the first team squad, although he didn’t get on against MK Dons. He played against Ipswich, and unfortunately picked up an ankle injury, which we’re hoping won’t be too bad.

“Josh’s first team outing really gave him a boost and it gave all the lads a boost as well to see a youth team player involved in first team pre-season action.

“It’s a massive boost for the Academy and the youth team when these players get recognition – it gives everyone a massive lift.

“There have been a few players that have trained with the first team on certain days, and we always encourage them to take that opportunity.”

CITY: Hamann, Barker, Wyatt, McFadden, Lokko, Carroll, Hall-Johnson, Josh Murphy, King, Morris, Randall

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