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Canaries Wings Clipped

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16:05 14th April 2014

Under 18s edge narrow victory.

A first half goal from Regan Upton proved to be the deciding factor in the Academy Under 18s victory over Norwich City at the weekend.

It was a good response from the Molineux youngsters after they had suffered a heavy defeat at Tottenham seven days earlier.

Coach Mick Halsall said: “This was our last home game of the season with just a trip to Arsenal remaining and so it was good for the players to end on a positive note with a good win from a game they had worked very hard in.

“We knew the opposition would try to play from the back so it was important that we pressed hard and made sure that every ball that was played meant Norwich’s receiving player had to control under pressure - something they did very well at times.

“Both teams had plenty of the ball in the first thirty minutes of the first half although neither side were able to create any clear chances.
 
“We took the lead in the 32nd minute after good work from Jesse Deevers who received the ball under pressure but managed to wriggle free and play a telling pass through for Regan Upton to fire across the keeper with a good strong finish. 

“Norwich then came at us more and they should have equalised on a couple of occasions but, due to some poor finishing on their behalf, we went in at half time one up.

“The second half took pretty much the same course. We did have better chances to punish them and if there was one criticism of the players in the game it would be their decisions in the attacking third of the pitch which could have been better. 

“At certain times the player on the ball could have been more team minded by playing in others rather than going for some glory himself.

“Having said that I stated earlier it was good for the season to end at home with a win and we look forward to the remaining fixture with Arsenal which should be interesting for all of us.”

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