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REPORT: FULHAM 2-0 U18s

19 December 2015

Old Trafford win 'example to follow', says Murty

NORWICH City Under-18s coach Graeme Murty feels his side can learn directly from the Club's senior players following a 2-0 defeat at Fulham on Saturday.

Goals either side of half-time for the Cottagers proved enough to see off City's youngsters, on the same day the first team secured a famous 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk following the Barclays Under-18s Premier League reverse, Murty said: "I feel disappointed because there was nothing in the game really, with both teams struggling to find rhythm.

"Two pieces of naive defending ended up costing us. The first goal comes from a penalty and is a lesson about needing to keep the ball away from dangerous areas of the pitch.

"For the second, we'd talked to the referee about a block that was going at free-kicks. It then happened straightaway in the second half and they got a goal from it.

"We talked to the referee afterwards, but the players also need to find a solution quicker. It's a learning curve for them; sometimes they will have to step up when the game is on the line.

"The first team did that on Saturday, and that's what we're aiming for with our younger players too."

Reflecting on the first few months of the campaign as a whole, Murty added: "We're in a little bit of a false position, because we've played better than the table indicates.

"It's about finding a measure of consistency now. Competitions like the FA Youth Cup are really valuable in those terms for the way it recreates the big-game experience.

"The players will now take some time away for Christmas, which is good for them. They had their half-season reviews recently and we've had some really constructive chats.

"It's nice for them to have a rest away from the pressures of football. A day has been set for them to come back in and train, but they do need a little bit of a refresh before the rest of the season."

NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Ramsay (Syme, 75), Lewis, Pollock, Odusina, Wallis, Couzens (Black, 79), Sambu (Aransibia, 45), Ashley-Seal, Kamal, McIntosh. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK).



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