NORWICH City's Under-21s lost 2-0 to Southampton in their Barclays Under-21s Premier League encounter at St Mary's Stadium.
City started, as expected, with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and Gary Hooper in their eleven, while there was also a spot for Sebastien Bassong, who captained the side.
Goals from Harrison Reed and Jason McCarthy in either half, however, ensured the Canaries got no rewards from a competitive contest, but Odjidja, Hooper and Bassong successfully negotiated the full length of the match pocketing valuable minutes.
Norwich's next league game will be at Carrow Road on Tuesday October 14 against Tottenham Hotspur, a fixture that is set for live television coverage on BT Sport.
In the early stages, Ryan Seager saw a close-range shot blocked by Killip for the home team before Reece Hall-Johnson screwed an effort wide after a tidy one-two with Hooper.
Southampton took the lead on 13 minutes when Reed broke free from the right flank and tried his luck from range, with his shot taking a deflection on its way into the far corner.
Jamie Eaton-Collins forced Cody Cropper's first save after being played in by Hooper on 22 minutes, but Southampton posed the greater attacking threat generally, with Ben Killip having to be alert to keep out long-range efforts from Matty Targett and Jake Flannigan.
HALF-TIME: Southampton 1-0 Norwich City
Seven minutes into the second period, they extended their lead through McCarthy.
The central defender was on hand to steer home Sam McQueen's knock-back on the volley, doubling their advantage and leaving City a tough task to recover in the contest.
Jake Hesketh then nearly added a third, with the ball creeping just wide after he sneaked through the middle of the Canaries' back four before McQueen nodded the wrong side of the post.
City had introduced Cameron King early in the second half and he was impressing, forcing a save down to his right from Cropper on 66 minutes.
They were having a positive spell that almost reaped reward on 74 minutes but Bassong's header was hacked off the line by Reed.
Southampton successfully held out in the last part of the match, though, and took all three points at the final whistle.
FULL-TIME: Southampton 2-0 Norwich City
GOALS: Saints: Harrison Reed (13), Jason McCarthy (52)
NORWICH CITY: Killip; Ramsay (McGeehan 84), McFadden, Bassong (c), Toffolo; Hall-Johnson, Odjidja, McGrandles, Jacob Murphy; Hooper, Eaton-Collins (King 51). Subs not used: Oxborough (GK), Grant.