10-man Norwich City Under-23s suffer late heartbreak at Southampton

PUBLISHED: 21:30 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 13 March 2018

Adam Phillips was on target for Norwich Under-23s. Picture: Ian Burt

Adam Phillips was on target for Norwich Under-23s. Picture: Ian Burt

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Norwich Under-23s suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat at Southampton on Monday evening - after looking set to come away with a hard-earned point.

The Canaries went in at the break one down after conceding after just 14 seconds as Michael Obafemi side-footed home from close range with the visiting defence in disarray.

And they suffered a further blow when they were reduced to 10 men after the half-time whistle had sounded, with defender Timi Odusina receiving a straight red card following a flare-up.

But Matt Gill’s side showed tremendous spirit to stay in the game, with keeper Aston Oxborough saving Jake Hesketh’s penalty before Adam Phillips curled home a superb free-kick in the 89th minute to level matters.

Sadly that wasn’t the end of the scoring however, with Obafemi firing home his second goal of the the game in injury-time to settle the issue at the Staplewood Training Campus.

City: Oxborough, Thomas, Odusina, Wallis, Kamal, Aarons, Phillips, Aransibia, Mourgos, Abrahams, Idah. Subs: McIntosh, Payne, Power, Barnes, Hale-Brown.

• Todd Cantwell’s Fortuna Sittard missed the chance to close the gap on leaders NEC on Monday night in the Dutch Eerste Divisie with a 1-1 home draw against De Graafschap.

The on-loan City attacker was booked in the first half before defender Perr Schuurs salvaged a point with an 87th minute equaliser.

Sittard lie third in the table, six points behind NEC, with only the top side guaranteed promotion to the Eredivisie and the next four clubs battling it out in the play-offs.

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