Todd Cantwell and Ben Killip sent off in Norwich City’s 1-0 development league defeat to Stoke City’s U23s

Todd Cantwell was on target for the Under-23s at Stoke. Picture: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images

Todd Cantwell was on target for the Under-23s at Stoke. Picture: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images - Credit: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City had Todd Cantwell and Ben Killip sent off in a second consecutive Premier League Two development 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City's Under-23s at Colney on Monday afternoon.

Cantwell, who featured in the pre-season friendly at Peterborough for Alex Neil's squad, was dismissed late on for a two-footed challenge after keeper and captain Killip had earlier got his marching orders for bringing down Dan Jarvis - although replacement Aston Oxborough did save the Potters' penalty.

The visitors also had a man sent off, when wing-back Johnville Renee-Pringle was dismissed for two bookable offences.

With Norwich in EFL Cup action at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, none of the club's senior personnel were on duty - as permitted over-age players - in a game decided by Hakin Abdallah's 48th minute penalty.

Glenn Middleton had the game's first chance Harry Isted turned his left footed effort over the bar.


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Stoke responded with Abdallah glancing a header just wide of the post and Thibaud Verlinden forcing a save from Killip, but the Canaries improved prior to the interval and Dialliang Jaiyesimi's firm hit was well saved by Isted.

Abdallah held his nerve to convert from 12 yards after Michee Efete fouled Ollie Shenton. Killip was fast off his to deny Abdallah from adding a second two minutes later, and Stoke threatened again when Shenton's long-range effort came off the angle of post and bar.

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Renee-Pringle picked up his second booking in the 63rd minute, after a skirmish involving Middleton, but it was Dmitri Halajko's group who finished the game with nine men when Killip and then Cantwell were dismissed.

Norwich's next scheduled Premier League Two fixture is later this week when they host Middlesbrough's U23s on Thursday night at Carrow Road.

• Norwich U23s: Killip, Ramsay, Efete, Odusina, Lewis (Oxborough 83), Sambu (McIntosh 69), Adams, Jaiyesimi, Cantwell, Middleton, Ashley-Seal. Subs (not used): Hackett-Fairchild, Higgs, Wallis.

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