By Scott Taylor
Jack Dunn scored an 83rd minute equaliser to help Liverpool Under 21s earn a point away to Norwich on Wednesday night. The point moves Liverpool up to eighth whilst Norwich remain in tenth. Canaries striker Jamar Loza gave the Canaries a second-half lead before the Liverpool forward equalise with a close range finish.
Norwich were full of first-team fringe players, including defenders Ryan Bennett, Javier Garrido and Ignasi Miquel and goalkeeper Mark Bunn. Bennett, who was returning after a long-term injury, almost opened the scoring for the hosts after getting onto a cross from Josh Murphy. However the captain glanced his header wide to tease the 8,830 Norwich City suuporters inside Carrow Road.
With the emphatic noise behind the team, Norwich thrived and continued to put pressure on the Liverpool defence. Cameron Norman’s cross was met by Reds captain Lloyd Jones to almost go into his own net. Norman then created a chance of his own but couldn’t keep his effort on target. Finally, Liverpool goalkeeper Daniel Ward had to be alert to keep out Murphy.
Despite the onslaught from the Championship, Liverpool did end the first half on a positive note. Goalscorer Dunn was lively all game in a 4-3-3 formation deployed by Michael Beale, and he capitalised off a Miquel mistake, but Bunn was forced into a smart stop to save his defenders’ blushes.
This was the catalyst for the visitors, as they started the second half just as they ended the first. Dunn was amongst the chances, but again he failed to convert. Dunn, and his Liverpool team-mates soon rued that chance as the hosts took the lead against the run of play.
Jamaican international Loza run clear through on goal before calmly finishing past Ward. The forward had only been on the pitch for just ten minutes coming on for Cameron King, to put the Canaries on top of the throne in the game.
Michael Beale’s side then made an instant substitution to try and get his side back into the game. It certainly worked, but Ryan Kent could only curl his effort wide. The Reds did hit the target with just seven minutes to play. A corner threatened the hosts’ defence and a deflection fell to Dunn, who this time made his chance count with a close-range finish.
Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Ward; Stewart, Jones, Cleary, Maguire; Brannagan, Pelosi, Trickett-Smith; McLaughlin, Dunn, Smith.
Norwich XI: (4-4-2): Bunn; Hall-Johnson, Bennett, Miquel, Garrido; Norman, McGeehan, McGrandles, kelly; King, Murphy.
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