Norwich City Under-21s lose 5-0 at Chelsea in Premier League International Cup

Josh Murphy was in action at Chelsea for Norwich City Under21s. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Ima

Josh Murphy was in action at Chelsea for Norwich City Under21s. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Josh Murphy was among the fringe first-team players to feature as Norwich City Under-21s made a bad start to their Premier League International Cup campaign.

The young Canaries were beaten 5-0 by Chelsea at Kingsmeadow, the home of League Two side AFC Wimbledon.

City found themselves 1-0 behind at half-time but conceded another four goals in the second half, with Murphy among the players to play the whole match.

Goalkeeper Declan Rudd, midfielders Conor McGrandles and Cameron McGeehan and striker Jamar Loza also got a full 90 minutes under their belt.

Murphy, who has not been included on the substitutes bench for the first team by Neil Adams recently, tested home keeper Mitchell Beeney with a free-kick early on.

The feisty encounter saw two players from either side booked in the first half, with City's victory against the Blues in the FA Youth Cup final in 2013 still fresh in the memory for players on both teams.

Alex Kiwomya, the nephew of former Ipswich and Arsenal striker Chris Kiwomya, opened the scoring for the hosts with an excellent volley in the 25th minute as Chelsea took control of the game.

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City felt they should have had a penalty after McGeehan was brought down before the break, but the appeals were waved away and the hosts stepped up a gear after the break.

A brace from Dominic Solanke added to a goal from Jeremie Boga and an own goal from Adel Gafaiti to wrap up the win for the Blues.

Murphy went close for the Canaries before the end, firing just over the crossbar, but it was a day to forget for the disappointed youngsters.

The City under-21s and Chelsea are in a group alongside Portugese side Porto and German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, whose under-21s side will arrive at Carrow Road for City's next game in the competition on Tuesday, January 27 (7pm kick-off).

Meanwhile, City academy manager Gregg Broughton has revealed that the club's academy coaching system has had a reshuffle.

'We've just had a little bit of a restructuring in the coaching department,' Broughton said in his blog on City's official website.

'We looked at the professional development phase, and what we felt was that phase didn't have a leader as such. We talked to all of the coaches in there about whether they saw their role as being more strategic and looking at individual players' development, or as more as a team coach.

'On the back of those discussions, we've moved Dmitri Halajko to become the lead phase coach for the professional development phase.

'His job now is to make sure that we've got some real joined up thinking between the under-16s and under-21s. Working beneath him are the team coaches: Graeme Murty with the under-16s, Jerry Gill (below) with the under-18s and Paul Wilkinson with the under-21s.

'Dmitri is to make sure now that rather than having three teams we've got one group of players. We're considering them as a group rather than three different strands. We will be announcing one or two more tweaks with the lower age groups after Christmas.'

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