Norwich City Under-23s took a 3-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Aggborough Stadium on Monday afternoon.
The Canaries saw six changes to the starting eleven that lost 3-2 to Sunderland in their last outing, most notably Sam Blair making his debut for the Academy’s most senior side.
City thought they had the first clear chance of the game after Tom Dickson-Peters’ spin gave the striker room to set Tony Springett free in the box, but the linesman’s flag was quickly raised for offside against the winger.
Up the other end just minutes later, Taylor Perry led Wolves’ attack as he looked up and tried his luck with a distanced effort. The shot was headed for its target, but Blair was equal to it with a great save to start his Under-23s debut.
13 minutes in and it was Wolves who would find the lead, Owen Hesketh’s cross finding the head of Luke Cundle who flicked the ball into the back of the net past Blair.
The young Canaries wouldn’t have to wait too long for their first big chance after Rob Nizet’s cross was spilled in the six-yard box by Luke Young. Dickson-Peters looked to pounce on the error, but the ‘keeper regathered in time to deny the striker.
Two minutes later, Jordan Thomas was unfortunate to not score after his powerful shot from the right-side of the box was tipped onto the post by Young.
Blair continued to make the most of his U23s debut with another terrific save after Saxon Earley was dispossessed deep into the Canaries half, Blair getting out to it quickly with the big save.
Five minutes later after a Wolves dominant finish, and it was another big save from Sam Blair to deny Owen Otasowie’s header after the hosts’ corner.
The beginnings of the second half was a quiet affair, neither team finding themselves with a clear-cut chance until just after the 60th minute. A flurry of Wolves attacks found their reward when Cundle’s pass across the face of goal found Hesketh in the six-yard box to finish.
Eight-minutes later, Dickson-Peters came close to his goal once again when the striker was played in-behind the Wolves’ defence, his shot just wide of the target in front of Young.
Wolves would then punish that missed chance with a goal of their own up the other end of the pitch when Jack Scott turned their corner past Blair and into the back of the net for their third.
City’s final chance of the 90 minutes would again be Dickson-Peters after the striker caught Nizet’s cross well, forcing a good save out of Young with his header.
But despite the young Canaries chances in front of goal, Wolves would hold on to the lead and clean sheet as they emerged victorious by the full time whistle, with a West Brom double-header awaiting City for their final two games of the season.
Norwich City starting XI: Blair, Thomas, Warner, Tomkinson (c), Nizet, Springett, Khumbeni (Giurgi, 70), Earley (McAlear, 46), Stewart (Dennis, 56), Sitti, Dickson-Peters
Subs not used: Dronfield, Rose
Bookings: Earley (11) Springett (60)
Wolverhampton Wanderers starting XI: Young, Scott, Estrada, Marques, Richards (Mayounga, 83), Wan (Carty, 80), Otasowie (Diallo, 67), Cundle, Perry, Corbeanu, Hesketh
Subs not used: Mayounga, Campbell, Matheson
Goals: Cundle (13), Hesketh (62), Scott (77)
Bookings: Wan (73)