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Chelsea Under-21s 5 Norwich City Under-21s 0 – Young Canaries crash to another heavy loss

PUBLISHED: 23:19 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 23:21 17 February 2016

Reece Mitchell, 11, scores the opening goal to put Chelsea 1-0 up. Picture: JASON DAWSON/JASONPIX

Reece Mitchell, 11, scores the opening goal to put Chelsea 1-0 up. Picture: JASON DAWSON/JASONPIX

JASON DAWSON ©Jason Dawson

Norwich City Under-21s were left licking their wounds again tonight as they were thumped by Chelsea.

Ebou Adams is hauled to the ground during a heavy defeat for City. Picture: JASON DAWSON/JASONPIXEbou Adams is hauled to the ground during a heavy defeat for City. Picture: JASON DAWSON/JASONPIX

The young Canaries – who were hammered 7-0 by a strong Manchester United side at Old Trafford in their last Under-21 Premier League Division One encounter – shipped another five goals during a miserable night in the rain at Aldershot.

City got off to the worst possible start as they found themselves a goal behind inside just four minutes against the London giants, who were looking for their third win in four matches.

On a soggy pitch, Tammy Abraham charged down goalkeeper Jake Kean’s clearance and fed the loose ball back to Blues skipper Fankaty Dabo.

His low cross was swept into the net by Reece Mitchell.

City’s Benny Ashley-Seal spurned a good opportunity to swiftly level while at the other end Abraham wasted a great chance to make it two as he failed to turn the ball home from close range.

However, it didn’t take long for Chelsea to add a second with Jordan Houghton lashing home from close range after the visitors had failed to deal with a corner.

That 11th-minute goal wasn’t added upon until early in the second half when Chelsea killed the game off with an incisive breakaway.

Ben Godfrey was dispossessed in the middle of the park and Kasey Palmer was the eventual beneficiary when he tapped into an empty net after Abraham’s shot had struck the upright.

The misery continued for Dmitri Halajko’s side as home substitute Dion Conroy wasted no time in getting in on the act.

The defender cut inside from the left and bent a sweet effort beyond Kean and into the top corner.

City’s keeper made a number of fine saves to keep it at four but he was powerless to prevent Fikayo Tomori finding the net in the 82nd minute.

Norwich: Kean; Hall-Johnson, Efete, Coker, Uade; Godfrey, Grant; Middleton, Cantwell (McIntosh, 79), Adams (Ramsey, 67); Ashley-Seal. Unused subs: Beauchamp, Lewis, Jaiyesimi.


  • If we haven't got one already ( and if we have ,he isn't doing very well !!) we need a defensive coach well versed in the dark arts of stopping opponents scoring at will. Is Malky Mackay still out of work ? (just don't let him near a mobile or send any texts.) At the moment it feels like mass panic if the ball goes into our penalty area in all our teams on all occasions.

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    Diss man

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Those pesky under 21's trying to copy the first team. How very dare you !

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    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • The young lads are being sent to the slaughter against much stronger opponents. Though, as the Chelsea teamsheet was not revealed here, that's just a guess based on the result. No senior players in the team for us. Are they all out enjoying Jilawii and sherbets in Abu Dhabi sunshine? Is this sort of thing good for the development of our young players?? Does anyone at the club really care? After all, nobody seems to get through the system anyway, while the club crops promising youngsters from elsewhere - eg James Maddison. (Not so sure about McGrandles and Thompson)...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • I am guessing Grant marshalled and protected the back four as usual? The Under 21's are simply a 'pop up' shop for lower league teams who want a loan player.

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    A fine city

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Must be using the same 'How to Defend' manual as the first team.

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    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • It is good preparation for our youngsters to learn what it might be like should they progress into the 'first team'.

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    Armchair fan

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • On another board the question is posed what does Alex Neil's Norwich City stand for. Even with the first team on a break there is this result to remind us of the answer.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

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