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20 October 2015

Youssouf Mulumbu plays hour for Academy side

DMITRI Halajko fielded three senior team players as his side fell to a 2-1 defeat at Leicester’s King Power Stadium in the Premier League International Cup.

Youssouf Mulumbu stepped up his recovery from injury as he played 63 minutes, whilst there were also outings for Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and Andre Wisdom.

Speaking after the game, Halajko said: "We weren't clinical enough. We had enough chances to win the game and we didn't take them, and there are slim margins at this level.

"We played very well in the second half, but we're disappointed with the result and the performance in the first half because it's wasn't good.

"Unfortunately Benny [Ashley-Seal] had a little pull of his hamstring which is a shame because he scored a good goal and was playing well at that point, so he's disappointed."

"It's always a benefit to have first team players like Mulumbu and Odjidja-Ofoe playing alongside these boys because it's a great experience and learning curve for them."

Leicester had an early chance as Danny Rowe stooped low but headed straight at Killip, then the Canaries quickly took advantage and stamped their authority on the game when Benny Ashley-Seal slotted home from six-yards after a flowing passing move.

Ashley-Seal was then involved at the other end, clearing the ball off the line to prevent a certain goal after a Leicester corner fell loose in the penalty area.

City almost doubled their lead ten minutes before half-time as Hall-Johnson's surging run and McIntosh's shot brought a smart save from Jonny Maddison.

That miss was regretted almost instantly, with Leicester breaking quickly and captain Joe Dodoo was left to caress the ball into the corner of City's net to draw the game level. 

Halajko's side started the second half the brighter and forced Leicester to retreat to defending heroically in their own penalty, and nearly secured the matter when Eaton-Collins thought he had put his side back in front, only for his effort to be ruled out by the linesman's flag.

However, it would be the hosts who secured the three points. Eleven minutes before full time, Jacob Blyth found space in the Norwich area and when his low shot was parried by Killip, Dodoo was on the line to head home his second goal of the evening.

A succession of late corners for City promised much, but Leicester managed to hold on to secure their second victory in two games.

TEAM: Killip (c); Wisdom (Coker 73), Norman, Efete, Hall-Johnson; Grant, Mulumbu (Crowe 63), Odjidja-Ofoe; Cantwell, Ashley Seal (Ramsay 26), Eaton-Collins. Unused subs: Oxborough (GK), McIntosh.

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