Friday 14 February 2014
West Bromwich Albion moved up to ninth in the Barclays Premier League after a hard-fought victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The Baggies, who had lost their previous two matches, scored the decisive goal in the 61st minute when Samir Nabi produced a calm finish having been played through on goal by forward Alex Jones. For Jones, the assist made up for having missed a penalty earlier on after he had been fouled by Adel Gafaiti.
The goal was the first in the competition this season for Nabi who has moved up from the Under-18s. His strike could prove vital because it moved West Brom into the top 11. If West Brom were to stay in that position by the end of the season they would feature in the top of the two divisions when the Barclays Under-21 Premier League splits into two leagues of 11 in the summer.
"The players were good tonight," West Brom senior professional development coach David Oldfield told the club's website. "They played well and deserved to beat a good Norwich side. The boys passed it well, competed well and worked hard."
Norwich had the better of the opening exchanges, with Carlton Morris, Jamar Loza and Rod Young all having opportunities, but they faded as an attacking force as the match went on as they slipped to their first defeat in 2014.
"It was a disappointing result and a disappointing performance," Norwich U21 coach Mark Robson told the club's website. "We actually started off well, but then after that West Brom were the better team.
"When they were in possession of the ball they used it much better than we did. We ended up giving the ball away too often and not creating as many chances as we’d have liked."
Norwich City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion (Nabi)
Friday 14 February
Chelsea v Liverpool, 7.05pm, Cobham Training Ground
Manchester City v Stoke City, 7pm, Hyde FC
West Ham United v Southampton, 7pm, Rush Green
Find out the full Barclays Under-21 fixture list here and view the table here.