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21 January 2019 Venue Colney Training Centre Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Norwich City PL2
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Leicester City PL2

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Youthful Under-23s side hold Leicester to draw in PL Cup

21 January 2019

A youthful Norwich City Under-23s side produced a determined display to hold Leicester City to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League Cup

Spencer Keller gave City the lead when he finished well after a wonderful team move involving Atli Barkarson, Josh Coley and Ant Spyrou.

Leicester improved after City’s confident start and equalised through Admiral Muskwe on 34 minutes. Moments later, Carlton Morris was withdrawn from play on his comeback from injury following a strong challenge from Josh Knight.

Neither side could find a winner in the second-half as the points were shared at Colney Training Centre. The result leaves City at the bottom of Group D with two games left to play, but they still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout phase if they get positive results in their final two matches. 

Head Coach David Wright welcomed Morris to his starting eleven as the striker played his first competitive minutes since damaging knee ligaments in the Sky Bet League One play-off final for Shrewsbury Town in May.

Jon McCracken returned in goal and Alfie Payne and Tom Scully came back into the centre of midfield at the expense of Saul Milovanovic and Louis Thompson. There were also starts for youth team players Atli Barkarson and Keller.

Leicester almost took the lead inside three minutes when Alex Pascanu nodded straight into the arms of McCracken after the ball had been headed across goal from a corner.

But the Canaries settled the better of the two teams and were rewarded after ten minutes following a crisp team move. The ball was worked wide to Atli Barkarson who moved it inside to Josh Coley. The winger swivelled and fed Ant Spyrou who then slid the ball into the path of the advancing Keller and he finished brilliantly with his left foot from just inside the penalty area.

Scully then fired over from distance before Leicester began to get back into the game. On 19 minutes, a number of shots were fired at the City goal but a combination of McCracken and yellow and green shirts prevented the scoreline returning level.

Leicester then began to push hard for an equaliser and had another succession of chances in a short space of time. Luke Thomas was played in by Callum Wright but could only fire over from inside the box and the same man then forced McCracken into action from the edge of the box. The last of the three efforts saw Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall shoot harmlessly over the crossbar from 25-yards.

The Canaries lost Morris on the half-hour mark after a strong challenge from Josh Knight meant he could no longer continue. This didn’t halt their push to regain the lead though and Ant Spyrou volleyed into the net after a pinpoint cross from Keller, but the linesman on the had his flag up for offside.

The early stages of the second 45 offered very little in the final third, with both sides lacking that final ball. That being said, Josh Knight surged forward from centre-back for the visitors shortly after the hour mark but his cross-cum-shot was beaten away by McCracken.

Leicester then had an excellent chance on 67 minutes as Wright beat Ciaren Jones in the box but fired into the side-netting. 

It was a rearguard effort from City in the closing 20 minutes as their experienced opponents piled on the pressure. But the young Canaries stood firm and almost nicked a winner in the dying embers when Spyrou's low cross just evaded substitute Finlay Barnes in the area.

City XI: McCracken, Kamal, Barkarson, Jones, Richards (Hondermarck, 58), Payne, Keller, Scully, Morris (Barnes, 36), Spyrou, Coley

Subs not used: Johnson (GK), Richardson, Giurgi

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