Young Canaries edged out in Wales
GRAEME Murty was left in reflective mood after seeing his Norwich City Under-18s side beaten 3-2 at Swansea City on Saturday.
The Canaries went into the Barclays Under-18s Premier League clash on a high from last weekend’s 4-3 win at West Ham, but were unable to replicate the performance they had displayed in London.
That resulted in defeat despite goals from Benny Ashley-Seal and Todd Cantwell, and Murty told canaries.co.uk: “I’m disappointed because the players didn’t handle the conditions, or a team who were up for the game.
“I went into the game wanting to come away with a settled FA Youth Cup team, but I don’t have that now. We failed to do the job which was required in the areas which mattered most.
“There were elements where we were excellent, which shows they can do it. It’s that which emphasises the disappointment, because we know what they’re capable of.
“We just didn’t get to the levels we needed to reach.”
Murty believes his youngsters can learn from the efforts of City’s senior players, who held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw the following day at Carrow Road.
“It’s about critical periods in the game, and we didn’t match Swansea’s intensity in those moments,” he explained.
“The players have to understand they can’t turn it on like a switch. You have to be able to play at a certain level at all times.
“We saw that with the first team on Sunday, where they managed big periods of the game really well. They carried out the game-plan perfectly, and that’s a lesson the players need to learn.
“You have to do the hard work, and we were guilty of not always doing that in very tricky conditions.”
NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Syme (Couzens, 55), Lewis, Pollock (Aransibia, 77), Wallis, Ellesley, McIntosh (Black, 55), Sambu, Ashley-Seal, Cantwell, Middleton. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK), Walters