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Under-23s narrowly beaten on last day by West Brom

10 May 2021

Norwich City Under-23s signed off their 2020-21 season with a narrow 3-2 loss to West Brom on Monday afternoon.

David Wright named an unchanged starting XI from the Under-23s last game, which was also against West Brom in a 2-2 draw. 

West Brom found the first chance of the game early on through Jamie Soule as he made his way into the box and let his shot go, but it was a simple save early on for Joe Rose to deny the forward. 

In a similar effort up the other end of the pitch, Reece McAlear fired for City’s first sight of goal, his effort promptly saved by Ted Cann. 

After both teams had settled in, it took 15 minutes for the next chance to show itself. A nice team move started by Jaden Warner saw the defender surge into the midfield and set Rob Nizet up in-behind, but his cross couldn’t find Matthew Dennis for the finish. 

Another quiet period followed as both teams battled it out in the pouring rain, broken by Toby King’s chance as he prompted another textbook save from Rose. 

The final chance of the half came right on the stroke of half time as a ball bundled in the box forced Cann to swipe it away, but only as far as Dennis who saw his second-chance effort stopped again by the Baggies’ ‘keeper. 

Starting the second half on the front foot, City came close to finding the back of the net just a minute in. Matthew Dennis’ and Tom Dickson-Peters' one-two set the latter up in front of goal, but the forward chose to square it back to Dennis who missed his shot inside the six-yard box. 

Just ten minutes later, the Baggies instead found the opener when Rayhaan Tulloch’s distanced effort found the top corner past Rose. 

No more than four minutes later, Tulloch then doubled West Brom’s lead and found his brace with his top left-corner finish to wrap up the hosts’ counter-attack. 

Clinical in their attack, West Brom would convert three out of three chances in the second half when George Harmon found the back of the net with his narrow finish past Rose down the left-flank. 

City responded well to that goal however as Dickson-Peters’ surge past the Baggies’ defence set him up one-on-one with the ‘keeper, tucking his left-footed shot past Cann to pull one back for the Canaries. 

Using the momentum of their first, City would get themselves back in the game with five minutes to go when Dickson-Peters’ headed Tony Springett’s cross past Cann for 3-2. 

But the Canaries couldn't find the third, falling to defeat on the final day.

Norwich City starting XI: Rose, Vaughan, Warner, Tomkinson (c), Nizet, Dronfield, McAlear, Springett, Giurgi, Dickson-Peters, Dennis 
Subs not used: Khumbeni, Stewart, Blair 
Goals: Dickson-Peters (77, 83) 
Bookings: Nizet (16), Tomkinson (64) 

West Brom starting XI: Cann, White (Iroegbunam, 46), Sharpe, Joshua, Harmon, Clayton-Phillips, King, SolankeGrosicki, Tulloch, Soule (Fellows, 63) 
Subs not used: Brown, French 
Goals: Tulloch (56, 60) (Harmon, 75) 
Bookings: Clayton-Phillips (66), Iroegbunam (80) 

 


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