Norwich City’s Under-23s came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Stoke City's Under-23s at Colney, with Adam Idah getting a late brace.
Neither side could gain any real control in the first half, with only one real chance which fell to City 22 minutes in. Idah drove forward from the half-way line before rifling a shot towards goal, but his effort was tipped onto the left-hand post by the fingertips of Daniel Gyollai.
Stoke took the lead in the early stages of the second half when Jacob Twyford put in from the edge of the City box before Oliver Shenton doubled the visitors lead with just over 15 minutes to play. City responded instantly with Idah tucking home a penalty, before equalising two minutes later with a magnificent curling effort from the edge of the area.
Michael McGovern started in goal for the Canaries in an Under-23s side which saw four first-teamers involved. Philip Heise put on the yellow and green shirt for the first time and started at left-back whilst fellow German full-back Felix Passlack started on the right. Zac Dronfield started alongside Louis Lomas who completed the back four.
Tom Scully played in a more defensive role with Saul Milovanovic who joined him in the central defensive position. Louis Thompson made his return from injury with Josh Coley starting on the opposite side of midfield. Both goals scorers from the Manchester United game, Gassan Ahadme and Adam Idah started alongside each other once again.
The first chance of the game fell for Oliver Shenton on the edge of the City box 10 minutes into the game, but his driven effort was deflected by the thigh of Lomas before McGovern gathered with ease.
Just four minutes later Stoke found themselves with a replica of the first chance, after Abdoulaye’s cross from the right-hand side was met by Gabriel Kyeremateng just inside the City penalty area, but the forwards effort was deflected over the City bar.
The Canaries then had their first real chance of the game when Philip Heise’s driven free-kick from a tight angle forced Daniel Gyollai into a fine diving save down to the ‘keeper’s left before eventually getting cleared.
This started off a good spell of pressure for City, which saw City push higher up the pitch. 22 minutes in, Idah received the ball on the half-way line before driving forward and rifling a shot towards the Stoke goal, but his effort was tipped onto the post.
With just under 15 minutes left to play of the first half, Heise broke down the left for the first time in the match showing his pace before drilling in a low cross to the front post, but Forrester managed to get to the ball ahead of Idah before clearing.
The visitors started to press City towards the end of the half, but couldn’t break down a rigid City back four before half-time.
The first chance of the second half went to Stoke, after winning a free kick on the edge of the City penalty area. However, Twyford’s curling effort didn’t trouble McGovern who took a step to his right before catching the ball.
After 10 minutes into the second half, City got behind the Stoke defensive line for the first time in the second period, with Passlack driving into a wide angle on the right, but his cross was cleared at the front post before Idah could get his shot away from the edge of the six-yard box.
Stoke took the lead 15 minutes into the second half, after Twyford received the ball on the edge of the area with plenty of time and space. The midfielder proceeded to take a touch before coolly finishing into the bottom left corner.
Mid-way through the second half Passlack again was causing problems for Stoke on the right, this time his cross was met by the head of Idah on the edge of the Stoke penalty box, but his effort went well wide of the Stoke goal.
Five minutes later Stoke extended their lead. Pemberton’s driving run down the right eventually saw him square the ball to Shenton who was waiting on the edge of the City six-yard box to tap past McGovern.
City responded instantly when Spyrou was went through, but before he could put the ball into the empty net a Stoke the substitute was brought down by a Stoke defender which saw a penalty awarded. Idah stepped up and put the ball in to pull City right back into the game.
Five minutes later City were level with the same player finding the net. Idah received the ball on the edge of the Stoke box before curling beautifully into the far right corner to equalise with 10 minutes to go.
City had chances to go in-front late on with Coley and Payne going close, but Norwich were unable to find that crucial goal as the sides had to settle for a point a-piece
City’s Starting XI: McGovern; Passlack, Lomas (Payne 45), Dronfield, Heise; Thompson (McIntosh 72), Milovanovic, Scully, Coley; Ahadme (Spyrou 72), Idah.
Unused Subs: Johnson (GK), Kamal.