Fine Loza individual effort enough for win over FoxesJAMAR Loza scored a stunning solo effort to earn Norwich City’s Under-21s three points as they beat Leicester City 1-0 on Monday afternoon.
The youngster netted midway through the second half, not long after Remi Matthews had saved a Michael Cain penalty, to secure City the victory in a competitive encounter at Colney Training Centre.
Leicester will feel their performance merited something from the match after going close through Joe Dodoo and Brendan Daniels on top of the unsuccessful spot-kick.
The Canaries’ resilience at the back was rewarded as they notched their third league win of the season.
Josh Murphy was omitted ahead of his inclusion in Chris Hughton’s squad for the first-team’s game against Watford tomorrow, while Daniel Ayala and David Fox were given valuable minutes.
Neither side fashioned any clear chances in a quiet opening spell, with Cameron McGeehan heading wide for the Canaries and Jak McCourt shooting over for the visitors.
Dodoo twice should have scored in the final five minutes – initially he drilled wide before somehow managing to lift his header over the bar when free in the box from Harry Panayiotou’s delivery.
HALF-TIME: Norwich City 0-0 Leicester City
Cain and Loza went close in the early stages of the second half, before Leicester had a great opportunity to take the lead when awarded a penalty on 54 minutes.
Callum Elder was brought down in the box by Jacob Murphy, but Matthews was equal to Cain’s spot-kick, diving to his right and parrying before Ewan McNeil cleared the ball to safety.
Daniels then dragged a shot across City’s goalkeeper but too far to see if drift wide of the post, and what followed was a period of pressure for the Canaries that led to the game’s solitary goal.
Firstly Harry Toffolo forced a fine reaction stop from Adam Smith when he met a cross at the back-post with a powerful shot, before Loza eventually found the net in superb fashion on 68 minutes.
The diminutive forward picked up the ball on the halfway line and confidently carried it past three defenders, angling his run to the left side of the box before placing his shot past Smith and into the right hand corner.
It was a blow for the visitors who were well in contention in a tight match, but if anything it looked like City would be the team to get the game’s second goal, with Reece Hall-Johnson having an effort saved.
The luckless Dodoo then sliced a shot well wide from a promising position on 88 minutes to sum up his and Leicester’s day in front of goal, and City took all three points.
FULL-TIME: Norwich City 1-0 Leicester City
GOALS: Norwich City: Jamar Loza (68)
NORWICH CITY: Matthews; McNeil, Ayala, Gafaiti, Toffolo; McGeehan (c), Fox; Jacob Murphy, Loza, Hall-Johnson; Morris. Subs not used: Barker, Oxborough (GK), Callan-McFadden, Hodd, King.
LEICESTER CITY: Smith; Watson, Sesay, St Ledger (Frampah 64), Elder; Cain, Paratore, McCourt (Nkumu 81), Daniels (Stankevicous 71); Panayiotou, Dodoo. Subs not used: Sharpe (GK), Anton.