CITY's Under-18s didn't reach the levels expected of them during Saturday's 2-0 loss to Aston Villa, says manager Graeme Murty.
Corey Taylor's early strike and a Jake Humphries penalty five minutes from the end at Bodymoor Heath consigned the youngsters to defeat, their third from four Barclays Under-18s Premier League matches this season.
After their opening win over West Ham United
last time out, a 3-1 victory at Colney Training Centre, Murty made no excuses for the Canaries' off-colour display this time around.
"It was really disappointing. It was the first time this season that the team haven't competed to the degree that we would expect from them," he told canaries.co.uk.
"The players were told that. The very minimum a Norwich City team will do is be competitive in every regard but we were second best in most areas.
"Having said that, even though we didn't play to our maximum, we still had enough chances to win the game and both of their goals were certainly stoppable."
City take on Swansea City at Colney in their next match on Saturday, September 12 (11am), and Murty is looking for a response against the Welsh outfit.
"We hope they're back on it for the next game. The good thing for me is that the Academy Manager Gregg Broughton was stood next to me against Villa," he added.
"He saw the same things I saw and we were in agreement as to what needs to improve and what needs to change."
Norwich City XI
: Oxborough; Ramsay (Syme 60), Ellesley, Wallis, Boateng (Sambu 47); Black, Aransibia, McIntosh; Couzens, Lewis, Ashley-Seal.