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14 December 2015

City youngsters defeated at Colney

NORWICH City's Under-21s fell to a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland at Colney on Monday afternoon.

Dmitri Halajko reflected on a result that ended a run of victories, remarking: "We should've got something from the game.

"We ran them close, but didn't capitalise on our good spell and they took advantage of theirs. We had chances to score but couldn't take them.

"The lads kept going and battled so that was pleasing, but getting that winning consistantcy is the key thing to focus on."

The Canaries edged an even first half, as Glenn Middleton and Arinse Uade both threatened the visitors' goal with teasing crosses.

Middleton had claims for a penalty turned down, as City sought to take revenge for the defeat suffered at the hands of the Wearside club earlier in the season.

However, it was the Black Cats who broke the deadlock shortly after half time, as Joe Crowe was adjudged to have fouled Rees Greenwood leading to a spot kick, but the City defender insisted that it was outside the area.

Thomas Beadling converted the resulting penalty, despite being forced to retake for encroachment.

Their advantage was quickly doubled with some neat build-up play resulting in Charalampos Mavrias being set free inside the City area, dinking the ball over the onrushing Ben Killip and nodding home on the line.

After that, the young Yellows pushed hard for a way back into the game, with the pace and directness of Middleton proving to be too much for the Sunderland defence to handle, as he was brought down in the penalty area late on.

Reece Hall-Johnson stepped up to take but was denied by a fine save from 'keeper James Talbot, diving low to his left to deny the full back.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 0-2 Sunderland

GOALS: Black Cats: Beadling (51, pen), Mavrias (58).

NORWICH CITY: Killip; Hall-Johnson, Coker, Crowe, Uade (Efete, 72); Grant, McGrandles; Cantwell, King, Middleton; Eaton-Collins. Unused subs: Oxborough (GK), Pollock, Ramsay, McIntosh.

Next up for Halajko's side is Liverpool at Carrow Road on Monday, December 21 (7pm) and fans can take advantage of FREE tickets for the clash.

Last time out, City triumphed 7-2 over Southampton and fans are urged not to miss out on the Barclays Under-21s Premier League tie.

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