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Under-23s lose out to Southend United in final pre-season fixture

Norwich City Under-23s got more minutes in the tank as they took a 2-1 loss to Southend United in their final game of the pre-season on Tuesday evening.

The senior Southend side started the game on the front foot with a triplet of chances, Joe Rose parrying a shot away and the Blues crashing a shot off the crossbar before firing over in their first threat of the game.

Dominating the early stages of the game, the Blues soon forced a mistake from City as Joe Rose took Rhys Murphy down inside the 18-yard box, the referee awarding Southend the penalty. Murphy stepped up to the chance, burying his shot from the spot for the opener.

The Canaries would have to wait until the brink of half time for their first real chance of the game, but their patience was rewarded! Handed the ball outside the box, Abu Kamara would continue his red-hot form as the striker waste no time cutting inside and firing for goal, curling his shot into the bottom corner.

However, disaster struck just a minute after the restart, Southend reacting quickly to conceding by going up the other end and finding the back of the net to regain their lead.

From this point on, the game was a fairly even one, neither team really able to capture sight of goal throughout the second half. Held to a goalless 45 minutes, the hosts kept their lead by full time as they took the 2-1 win to wrap up City’s pre-season.

The Under-23s now look forward to the official start of their 2021/2022 campaign, starting with Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

Norwich City Under-23s: Rose, Giurgi, Earley, Warner, Shipley, Gibbs, Kamara, Riley, Omotoye, Dickson-Peters, Springett

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