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REPORT: MIDDLESBROUGH 2-2 UNDER-23s

12 December 2016

Winger steps up fitness in Development Squad fixture

MATT Jarvis continued his return from injury on Monday evening by playing over an hour of Norwich City Under-23s' 2-2 draw away to Middlesbrough in the Premier League 2.

Jarvis travelled with Dmitri Halajko's youngsters to further build his match fitness after recovering from surgery undergone in the summer, while Conor McGrandles started for the first time since suffering a double leg break in February.

City lost defender Louis Ramsay to injury early on, with Jamal Lewis replacing him at left-back during a first half of few meaningful chances for either side.

The game looking set to be all-square at the break, only for Boro's Junior Mondal to make the most of a rare opportunity by putting the hosts in front on 37 minutes with a tidy finish.

Halajko's team responded in perfection fashion after the interval, winning a penalty inside the opening 90 seconds of the second period which Louis McIntosh duly converted by slamming into the net.

They quickly built on that, going in front within a matter of minutes when Benny Ashley-Seal timed his run well to meet a pass over the top and slot beyond the Middlesbrough goalkeeper.

Norwich kicked on to steadily dominate matters, putting the home side under pressure on multiple occasions as they looked to get on the front foot at every opportunity.

Boro's best openings were coming on the counter, and they threatened to pull level with little over quarter of an hour remaining when Robbie Tinkler's header rebounded back off Ben Killip's post.

They would eventually do so on 81 minutes to ensure a share of the spoils; the ball falling kindly for Carlos de Pena to drill low beyond Killip from just inside the box.

FULL-TIME: Middlesbrough 2-2 Norwich City

GOALS: Boro: Junior Mondal (37), Carlos de Pena (81). Canaries: Louis McIntosh (47, pen.), Benny Ashley-Seal (55).

NORWICH CITY: Killip (c); Efete, Godfrey, Crowe, Ramsay (Lewis, 12); Grant, McGrandles (Higgs, 81), McIntosh; Jarvis (Sambu, 73), Ashley-Seal, Middleton. Subs not used: Hallett (GK), Odusina.




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