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26 September 2015

Young Canaries secure victory over Cottagers

GRAEME Murty believes his Under-18s side got their just rewards after coming away with a 1-0 win over Fulham at Colney Training Centre on Saturday.

After impressing in recent weeks for little return, the Academy outfit collected all three Barclays Under-18s Premier League points courtesy of Toby Syme's first half strike.

Despite not being at their best, a first win in four was the least City's youngsters deserved according to Murty, who told "The lads have worked really hard and it wouldn't have been good to get another knock-back.

"We're happy with the result but know we can much much better. It wasn't as good a performance as previous matches, which shows what football is like.

"All the players know we have higher standards than we reached on Saturday. Having said that, nothing can take away from the positives of getting a win because it's a long season.

"It also gives me the chance to be quite hard with them, and go into detail on what we need to improve on."

Fulham had opportunities to level during a competitive second half, with the hosts defending determinedly to preserve their lead.

Such collective spirit to secure victory pleased the 40-year-old coach, who added: "Sometimes you have to work hard to grind out a result.

"It's not always about free-flowing, attractive football but instead about being professional. Those things are valuable lessons as on occasions they will need to scrap and battle.

"The lads have to know football is relentless. You have to be willing to look your opponent in the eye and work harder than them, for longer. 

"That keeps being reinforced by Darren Huckerby. It's about being better than your opposite number for 90 minutes and taking advantage of the times they can't match you.

"When they get a positive result, what we're telling them becomes easier to buy into. I'll take results like this, as long as we get better performances alongside them in future."

Norwich City XI
: Oxborough; Syme, Lewis, Pollock (Black, 55), Wallis, Boateng, McIntosh, Sambu (Walters, 85), Couzens, Aransibia, Middleton. Subs not used: Dickerson (GK).

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