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19 September 2015

Young Canaries beaten by Foxes

NORWICH City Under-18s coach Graeme Murty wants his side to find their cutting edge following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Leicester City.

Goals in either half from Harvey Barnes and Admiral Muskwe gave the Foxes victory, despite periods of sustained pressure from City's youngsters.

Murty praised the approach of his squad during the Barclays Under-18s Premier League contest, and told "I'm really pleased with the players and what they did.

"I thought we were the better team, but we didn't make our good periods of play count. I've got to be honest too, and say we conceded two poor goals by our standards.

"It's about being ruthless because we're hitting our targets and fulfilling our objectives. Everything we've worked towards has been positive but we haven't come away with the points we should have.

"We're probably about four or five points down from where we deserve to be. That's a good lesson for the boys, although I'm confident the messages are getting through."

The match saw a number of visiting players return to competitive action following injury lay-offs, including Tom Walters and Rui Da Costa.

Their involvement was viewed as a significant positive by the Academy coach, who added: "Tom did well when he came on and at one stage we thought he'd scored.

"There's a great clip of him breaking forward to meet a ball before striking it. In training he's been absolutely lethal, but he sent it just over the crossbar.

"The bench would have gone wild because he's been out for a long time. It would have been the icing on the cake for him but it didn't quite happen.

"Despite that, it was great to see him and Rui get back on the pitch."

Norwich City XI: Oxborough; Syme, Boateng, Sambu (Walters, 83), Wallis, Ellesley, McIntosh, Black (Da Costa, 78), Couzens (c), Aransibia (Pollock, 78), Lewis.

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