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Under-23s lose out to West Bromwich Albion

Norwich City Under-23s were left disappointed as they took a 5-2 loss to West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening, their second loss of the season.

The Under-23s saw one change to the side that took a 3-3 draw to Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium last Monday, Flynn Clarke replacing Liam Gibbs in the starting XI in their first home game at King’s Lynn Town’s stadium, the Walks.

The start was electric for City who found their first sight of goal just two minutes in. Jon Rowe was the dangerman, firing from the edge of the box and forcing a save from Mac Chisholm in the Baggies net.

Just a minute later, the forward went for another as he glided through the West Brom box, forcing another save from Chisholm with his shot from just outside the six-yard box.

Looking to provide the next time he had the ball at his feet, Rowe beat his man down the left-side and crossed low for Abu Kamara inside the area, the striker’s shot being smothered by Chisholm to round off a busy five-minutes for the ‘keeper.

Keeping the Baggies to very little and countering quickly, Tom Dickson-Peters was next to try his luck as he picked up a City long-ball and got one-on-one with Chisholm. Firing early on as he surged forwards, the West Brom shot-stopper was relieved to get his fingertips to the shot, steering it round the post.

The young Canaries wouldn’t have to wait long for their reward, however. Breaking past the backline and picking Dickson-Peters long-ball up perfectly, Rowe found himself one-on-one with Chisholm, rounding the ‘keeper and finishing into an open net.

Unfortunately for City, that lead wouldn’t last long as a misplaced pass fell to Nelson Khumbeni, who tried to get the ball back to Joe Rose, but the ‘keeper was off his line as it bundled into the Canaries’ net.

Coming out for the second half, the Baggies would soon flip the script as they found an early lead, picking up on a defensive error from the Canaries, leaving Quevin Castro to fire past Rose.

Coming out of the traps from the restart and keen to get back on level terms, the young Canaries didn’t wait long to get their goal. Another long-ball split the West Brom lines, this time Dickson-Peters latching on, chipping Chisholm from distance for 2-2.

However, in a very open second half, the Baggies struck back again in the 54th minute as Reyes Cleary spun past Saxon Earley into the box and finished calmly to retake the lead.

Just after the 60th minute, the visitors then doubled their lead as substitute Owen Windsor made his impact, finishing off a West Brom counter with his neat finish into the bottom corner.

Another error at the back after miscommunication from Lewis Shipley and Rose saw the two come together as they chased the same ball in, leaving Windsor an open net to find his brace and take the lead to three.

Continuing to push on despite the scoreline, City were kept out by West Brom, who held on to the final whistle to take all three points back to the midlands.

Norwich City U23s starting XI: Rose, Giurgi, Earley, Tomkinson (c), Warner, Khumbeni (Shipley, 74), Kamara, Clarke (Brooke, 68), Dickson-Peters, Rowe, Springett Subs not used: Brooke, Berry, Hutchinson, Shipley Goals: Rowe (34), Dickson-Peters (53) Bookings: Rowe (53)

West Bromwich Albion starting XI: Chisholm, Ingram, Taylor, Joshua, Teixeira, Castro (Delaney, 76), King, Ashworth, Fellows, Cleary (Faal, 60), Richards (Windsor, 60) Subs not used: Hollingshead, Andrews Goals: Khumbeni (OG, 37), Cleary (48, 55), Windsor (62, 75) Bookings: Castro (32), Ingram (38)

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