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21 March 2016

Mulumbu, Dorrans and Wisdom all featured

NORWICH City's Under-21s built on their 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in their last outing as they dramatically played out a 4-4 draw at home to Reading on Monday night, despite having been 3-1 down at half time.

The visitors took the lead in the opening ten minutes when City's offside trap failed, allowing an unmarked Harry Cardwell to divert the ball past Ben Killip from Jack Stacey's low cross from the right.

Ebou Adams led the charge for an equaliser as he picked up a loose ball and unleashed a fierce drive at goal from range, but Lewis Ward in the Reading goal was equal to it and palmed away from danger.

Determined work from Benny Ashley-Seal won the ball back for City and he subsequently set up Glenn Middleton on the edge of the Royals' penalty area, and the young Scotland youth international volleyed past Ward to restore parity.

However, Reading replied clinically minutes later as a long ball exposed the Canaries back line and allowed Cardwell to jinx inside, before rifling a low shot into the corner to restore the visitor's lead.

Reece Hall-Johnson flashed a shot narrowly wide of the target shortly before half time, before George Evans extended the visitors' advantage right on the half time whistle, unleashing a shot that beat Killip.

The visitors came close to extending their lead further when Graham Dorrans felled Evans, but Aaron Kuhl's free kick was narrowly wide of the target.

City, however, would wipe out Reading's two goal advantage in a matter of minutes thanks to Ashley-Seal's double and Hall-Johnson's strike.

Michee Efete intial header was brilliantly saved one-handed by Ward, but the rebound fell to a lurking Ashley-Seal who reduced the deficit from close range.

Ashley-Seal then slammed home a penalty empathically minutes later, when during a succession of corners Reading were adjudged to have fouled the City attacker.

City completed the comeback on 70 minutes thanks to Reece Hall-Johnson, now playing in midfield, who pounced on a loose ball in the Reading area and slotted the ball low past Ward and into the net.

There was to be late heartbreak from Dmitri Halajko's side when Adams was adjudged to have fouled Tarique Fosu in the City penalty area in stoppage time, and the Reading winger brushed himself off to place the ball out of reach of a despairing Killip.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 4-4 Reading

GOALS: Canaries: Middleton (24), Ashley-Seal (63, 66), Hall-Johnson (70). Royals: Cardwell (10, 26), Evans (45), Fosu (90, pen).

NORWICH CITY: Killip (c); Wisdom, Coker (Awuah, 58 [Grant, 78]), Efete, Hall-Johnson; Mulumbu, Dorrans; Eaton-Collins (Uade, 58), Adams, Middleton; Ashley-Seal. Unused subs: Oxborough (GK), McIntosh.

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