Own goal sends Under-23s to second consecutive loss in Premier League 2

Norwich City fell to their second consecutive defeat in the Premier League 2 Division 2 as an own goal from Josh Giurgi and a header from Ziyad Larkeche gave Fulham victory.

Norwich City fell to their second consecutive defeat in the Premier League 2 Division 2 as an own goal from Josh Giurgi and a header from Ziyad Larkeche gave Fulham victory.

Although the second goal came late on, it was a deserved win for the visitors who created the better chances throughout the 90 minutes and had the lion's share of possession and territory.

Norwich made one change from the side that lost at home to West Bromwich Albion last time out as Dylan Berry replaced Joe Rose in goal.

The Canaries started the brighter of the two teams and had claims for a penalty after seven minutes when Jon Rowe burst into the box and appeared to be pushed over by Idris Odutayo but refree Robert Whitton turned down the appeals.

However, after the quarter of the hour mark, Fulham started to dominate in terms of possesion and created a good opening for former Exeter City striker Jay Stansfield who was denied by a good save from Dylan Berry.

Rowe then replied with an overhead kick, from a free kick, that went just wide, but it was the Cottagers who looked more dangerous in open play as Sonny Hilton warmed the gloves of Berry with angled drive.

However, then some good pressure from Rowe created Norwich's best chance of the first half as he closed down the keeper whose hurried clearance gifted the home side possession. Tom Dickson-Peters did superbly then to sidestep a challenge on the edge of the box but his shot then cannoned off the inside of the post to safety.

The half then ended with Fulham having a goal ruled out for offside and Jon Tomkinson making a good block on the line to deny Hilton the opening goal.

Alan Neilson made a change at the break bringing on Lewis Shipley for Saxon Earley. However, the second half began with two great chances for Fulham to take the lead as first Terry Ablade fired over from eight yards, after Ziyad Larkeche had found him in the box with a good low ball and then Adrion Pajaziti curls an effort, from 20 yards out, inches wide of the post.

That saw Norwich then switch to a more conventional 4-4-2 formation with Flynn Clarke dropping into defensive midfield alongside Nelson Khumbeni from the hour mark on. Khumbeni was then replaced shortly after by Harry Brooke.

Fulham continued to look the more likely side to score though and they deservedly nudged themselves in front when, following a foul from Tony Springett on the left touchline, Hilton played a high cross into the area that was turned into his own net by Giurgi.

Moments late it should have been 2-0 as Marlon Fossey sent a great cross in from the right that substitute Jean-Pierre Tiehi headed onto the crossbar from close range. Then, with 10 minutes to go, Berry did superly to stop a powerful effort from Hilton from the edge of the six yard box.

Therefore, it was the vistors who ended the game the stronger and they wrapped up nthe victory late on with a close range header from Ziyad Larkeche.

*Norwich City: Berry; Giurgi, Tomkinson, Warner, Earley (Shipley, 46); Clarke (Hutchinson, 88), Khumbeni (Brooke, 66), Springett, Kamara; Dickson-Peters, Rowe. Subs not used: Rose. *Bookings: Earley (45)

*Fulham: Ashby-Hammond; Fossey, McAvoy, Odutayo, Larkeche, Hilton, Harris (D'Auria-Henry, 82), O’Niell (Williams, 74), Stansfield, Ablade (Tiehi, 69). Subs not used: Adams, D’Auria-Henry. Goals: Giurgi OG (72), Larkeche (90) *Bookings: McAvoy (39)

*HT: 0-0 *Venue: The Walks, Kings Lynn FC

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