Ryan Bennett plays full match on return from injury as Norwich City U21s draw with Liverpool

Norwich Citys U21s captain Ryan Bennett heads the ball away while palying against Liverpools U21s te

Norwich Citys U21s captain Ryan Bennett heads the ball away while palying against Liverpools U21s team at Carrow Road. Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant

Norwich City's senior players all emerged unscathed from last night's under-21 clash with Liverpool, but U21s boss Paul Wilkinson was left disappointed not to win the game.

Match report: Norwich City U21s 1 Liverpool U21s 1

Jamar Loza gave City the lead in the 71st minute of the clash, but Liverpool hit back in the 85th minute after a corner wasn't cleared.

'It's obviously losing on a set-play so it's always disappointing and to be fair, we've defended really well throughout the whole evening, so it's just a shame that we've conceded so late on,' Wilkinson said.

'It was our fault, we should have cleared the ball from the corner really, it's a basic error on our half but as I've just said in there to them, I couldn't have asked for any more from them.

'They worked really hard, we got two or three first-team players who haven't played for a while needing a game and they've all come through, which is good news for the first-team squad.'

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Centre-back Ryan Bennett and goalkeeper Mark Bunn both made their comebacks from ankle injuries, playing the full match alongside Spanish defensive duo Javier Garrido and Ignasi Miquel.

It was Jamaican international Loza who was on the scoresheet though, finishing off a mazy run with a shot into the roof of the net.

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'Jamar's come on at the end there which gets him back into the swing of things, so there's a lot of pluses from the game,' Wilkinson continued.

'Coming on and scoring the goal is good for his confidence and it gave us the boost that we needed because really, first half we probably should have been in front, they were a little bit disappointed at half-time and rightly so because we had two or three good chances in the first half.'

The former Middlesbrough and Watford striker also praised the great support of over 8,000 fans who picked up free tickets for the match, adding: 'It's fantastic for the boys because it gives them that feeling of playing in a real important game at Carrow Road and hopefully the fans will keep coming, I'm sure they will. The first team have picked up again now, and everybody is looking forward.

'We've had two or three results in a row now at under-21 level which is important, it's given them a little bit of confidence and we're looking forward to continuing that.'

Match report: Norwich City U21s 1 Liverpool U21s 1

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