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Mourgos double helps City Under-23s beat West Brom

19 February 2018

A first-half double from Savvas Mourgos helped Norwich City's Under-23s to an impressive 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in Premier League 2.

The Canaries dominated the first-half and Mourgos's stunning free-kick gave them the lead on 24 minutes before the same man nestled home a rebound following a Simon Power cross.

The youngsters then showed grit and determination in the second-half to hold out for the three points and a clean sheet.

City came up against an experienced Albion eleven with senior pros Allan Nyom and Aly Gabr included for some game-time.

That didn’t seem to fear Matt Gill’s youngsters in the first-half as they played some terrific attacking football and showed some superb defensive qualities at the other end.

Both sides traded long-range efforts in the opening exchanges; Alex Bradley’s strike on six minutes was well held by Aston Oxborough before Tristan Abrahams fired over after good retrieval work from Alfie Payne.

Abrahams threatened again on 21 minutes but his low effort from just left-of-centre was smartly saved low down by Alex Palmer.

City made their superiority count just three minutes later when Mourgos was fouled on the right. The Greek midfielder duly stepped up and curled the free-kick over the wall and into the corner.

Matt Gill’s men then doubled their tally just after the half-hour mark. After initially having penalty appeals turned around following Pierre Fonkeu going down in the box, City kept possession and Power fizzed a low cross into the area. Mourgos had two bites at the cherry, making the second count after Palmer had pushed his first effort away.

Albion finished the half the stronger of the two sides and had the ball in the net twice but both Gabr and Bradley had their headers ruled out for offside.

City dug deep in the second-half and put their bodies on the line to preserve their lead. On 47 minutes, Finn Azaz headed straight at Oxborough before Gabr headed wide at the far post following a deep free-kick.

Bradley had a low effort well saved by Oxborough at his near post on 67 minutes before City began to control the match as they had stemmed the tide of Albion’s early second-half pressure.

City’s intensity didn’t let up in the closing stages and Max Aarons helped preserve their clean sheet in the closing minutes with a brilliant last ditch block to deny substitute Robbie McCourt. 

The result helps City's Development Squad close the gap on the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off positions ahead of their next league match at home to Fulham.

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