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Under-23s defeated by Wolverhampton Wanderers

21 December 2020

Norwich City Under-23s took a 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League 2 at the Lotus Training Centre on Monday afternoon, despite efforts for a late comeback.

Wolves had the first meaningful shot of the game just before the tenth minute, firing straight at Jon McCracken for a comfortable save early on. 

The visitors looked the more comfortable of the two sides in the first 15 minutes with Wolves’ press proving difficult to deal with for the young Canaries. This was epitomised in the 15th minute, when Lewis Richards' tight-angled shot found the roof of the net over McCracken.

With the Canaries still finding chances of their own, Wolves almost made it two in the 28th minute, squaring the ball across the goal mouth for a tap-in. The chance looked deadly, but Andrew Omobamidele showed his value on his return to the U23s, sliding in with a vital block.

After turning the tides ever so slightly and seeing the game become much more competitive, City were awarded a dangerous free-kick on the edge of Wolves’ 18-yard box. Rob Nizet stepped up to hook a cross to the far post, seeing it just evade Omobamidele who slid in for the finish.

Another free-kick in a similar position was awarded minutes later for the young Canaries, this time seeing a routine between Nizet and Reece McAlear setting the latter up for a shot on-goal, his effort barely wide of the post. 

Settling into the game and seeing the better of the chances later on, it was due to be an interesting second half for Wright’s young Canaries.

The second half was quick to liven up, Wolves testing McCracken in just the 46th minute. Sneaking his way behind the backline, Owen Hesketh looked to double the lead past the ‘keeper, McCracken making a brilliant save with his feet to deny the forward.

After that, it was a quiet 15 minutes, until Wolves struck again. Poaching the ball from the City defence, the ball found Hesketh yet again, the forward’s shot deflecting past McCracken to make it 2-0 in the 61st minute.

Chasing the game and the goal needed to get them back in it, Nizet laid a nice cross into the box for substitute Jon Rowe to get his head on, the nod blocked before it could threaten the ‘keeper.

City’s second substitute Abu Kamara made his impact on the game less than five minutes after coming on. The forward, who scored a hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup just days before, picked the ball up on the edge of Wolves’ 18-yard box, turning and placing his shot into the bottom corner with cool composure.

Taking control for the last ten minutes in their pursuit for an equaliser, the visitors managed to hold onto the game and their lead, taking all three points back to the west midlands.

Norwich City starting XI: McCracken (c), Vaughan, Omobamidele, Tomkinson, Nizet, Dronfield, Giurgi (Rowe, 65), McAlear, Omotoye, Dickson-Peters, Springett (Kamara, 76)
Subs not used: Blair (GK), Jackson, Khumbeni
Goals: Kamara (80)
Bookings: Dronfield (60)

Wolverhampton Wanderers starting XI: Sondergaard, Buur, Estrada, Marques, Richards, Bueno, Wan, Cundle, Shabani, Hesketh (Harkin, 85), Carty
Subs not used: Matheson, Ngolou, Nya, Scott
Goals: Richards (15), Hesketh (61)
Bookings: Hesketh (25), Estrada (37), Shabani (59)

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