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REPORT: U18S 0-1 WEST HAM

18 January 2014

Adams pleased with second half despite defeat

NORWICH City's Under-18s were narrowly beaten 1-0 by West Ham United at Colney Training Centre on Saturday morning.

Josh Cullen fired home the game's only goal early in the second half as an experimental City 11 slipped to defeat, despite a spirited display after going behind.

Coach Neil Adams said afterwards: "We were a bit disappointed with the first half performance, so I told them at half-time to have more confidence on the ball.

"Second half we were really pleased. We were by far the better team - they responded and that's all we can ask of them, they just didn't take one of their chances."

The first-half saw very few opportunities for either side, with a youthful Canaries outfit taking their time to adapt to a new 3-5-2 formation.

Cullen pounced on a loose ball to notch the game's only goal, with Jamie Eaton-Collins spurning the best chance for an improved Canaries after.

Looking ahead to next Saturday's FA Youth Cup Fourth Round meeting with Watford, Adams added: "We'll be ready for it. We know what we're up against and we'll get a game plan ready.

"We'll treat it in the same manner that we have every other game and hopefully get through to the next round."

NORWICH CITY: Killip; Burgess, Awuah, Lokko (c); Efete, Heath (Byrne-Hewitt 72), Grant, Wyatt; Cantwell (Randall 58); Browne (Scales 76), Eaton-Collins. Subs not used: Oxborough (GK), Fox.

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