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REPORT: U18s 2-3 ARSENAL

7 November 2015

Dominant display impresses Canaries' coach

GRAEME Murty praised his Norwich City Under-18s side after they were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Arsenal at Colney Training Centre on Saturday.

City's youngsters dominated for long periods and went into the break 2-1 up courtesy of goals from Diallang Jaiyesimi and Devonte Aransibia.

However, the Gunners netted twice in the second half to take all three points in the Barclays Under-18s Premier League against the run of play.

Despite the result, Murty was quick to salute the collective performance following last weekend's 7-0 defeat at Chelsea.

"I'm proud of the way the players approached the game," he told canaries.co.uk.

"We were the better team throughout the match, and had more control of it in every sense. They responded fantastically well to a hard week by playing the best they had all year for 65 minutes.

"With a little bit more luck they would have come away with the result they deserved. At the end of the game both Arsenal coaches said how impressed they were with our team, and that we should have won.

"It's nice to hear that, but I'd have preferred the win solely for the boys' psyche. I've looked at what we did in the game, and every aspect was a green; a massive positive.

"The only disappointing bit is not getting the result. Having said that, if my team play like that every week then they will win more games than they lose."

Murty urged his team to harness self-belief gained from the display for subsequent fixtures, and added: "We have to review this game in the right way now.

"It's important to not make it a negative in terms of losing the match. Once the emotion is out of the way, I'm a happier coach knowing the team can perform like that.

"There was a bit of pressure following the Chelsea game but they showed fantastic composure. We scored two good goals, and with a bit more quality in the final-third we could have been three or four up.

"George Couzens was also desperately unlucky to have a goal ruled out for offside, so there's plenty of positives."

NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Syme, Boateng, Sambu, Ellesley, Crowe, Da Costa, Black, Couzens, Jaiyesimi (McIntosh, 75), Aransibia. Subs not used: Hale-Brown (GK), Wallis, Pollock, Kamal.



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