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20 February 2016

City 'passive' in final South Division game

CITY's Under-18s never found top gear in their 1-1 draw with Reading at Colney on Saturday, according to Graeme Murty.

Murty's team went ahead on 54 minutes through an own goal when Louis McIntosh's corner was steered into his own net by a Royals defender.

Some hesitant City defending in their own box from a set-piece allowed Reading an equaliser in stoppage time, however, as the Canaries rounded off their first phase of fixtures in the Barclays Under-18s Premier League.

"I was disappointed to be honest. I thought we were really passive in the game and allowed too many things to happen," Murty told

"We didn't organise things proactively, especially in transition of possession. I told the players that after the game.

"Reading were a young team that had a lot of endeavour and we needed to match that while having a bit of more savvy to dominate the game, but we didn't do it.

"We had a nice mix with some second-years and a lot of first-years, but regardless of who was on the pitch I think they needed to show more leadership skills."

City's FA Youth Cup quarter-final against Manchester City is now only a week away on February 29, but Murty's side will have another league match to contend with on Saturday, February 27.

They will find out their opponents for that game on Tuesday when the second phase of league fixtures are released by the Premier League, and their coach is looking for an increase in levels between now and then.

He said: "We've got a game before the Youth Cup tie and we've got people who we've got to try and get back fit.

"The most important thing for me is how they work this week. We need to be on top of our fundamentals because that's one area we were lacking on Saturday.

"I'll be looking at all the players to be working at a higher level than we did at the weekend, and more importantly extending their learning."

NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Ramsay (Sambu 68), Wallis, Crowe (Walters 68), Syme; Pollock (c), Jaiyesimi (Da Costa 68), Aransibia, McIntosh, Lewis; Couzens. Subs not used: Beauchamp (GK), O'Donnell.

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