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MATCH REPORT: Norwich City 6-1 Coventry City - The Sky Blues exit the cup after Carrow Road defeat

23 August 2016

The Sky Blues' EFL Cup run comes to an end after heavy defeat against Championship side Norwich City...

Coventry City exited the EFL Cup in the second round after a 6-1 defeat away to Norwich City on Tuesday evening.

 Ben Godfrey condemned City to a weighty defeat. substituteFirst half goals from Kyle Lafferty and Sergi Canos gave the host a commanding lead at the end of the first 45 minutes. Ruben Lameiras got a goal back for City from the penalty spot, but further goals from captain Russell Martin, ex-City man Jacob Murphy, a second for Canos and 


There was one change to the team that played on Saturday with Cian Harries coming in alongside Sam Ricketts and Jordan Willis in defence. Ben Stevenson, Vladimir Gadzhev and Chris McCann started in midfield, as Kyel Reid and Daniel Agyei lead the attack for the Sky Blues.

The first 15 minutes were a fairly sombre affair, with Norwich creating a couple of goalmouth openings, but nothing clear cut. Former Sky Blue James Maddison curled a free-kick over the bar from 25 yards, while Tony Andreu mistimed a volley in the box, looping the ball towards the corner flag.

However, in the 21st minute the Canaries created the first chance of the night. Sergi Canos was played in down the left of the area, and was moments away from shooting when City skipper Sam Ricketts slid in on the cover to send the ball out for a corner. 

Four minutes later, the home side's pressure was telling. The ball broke to Canos, with the Norwich no.17 driving towards the City area, before cutting back and playing the ball square in to the path of Lafferty to his right, who steadied himself before placing the ball beyond Reice Charles-Cook into the left-corner.

The Sky Blues grew into the game more after the goal, with Ben Stevenson firing City’s first effort on target from 20 yards. In the 34th minute, the Sky Blues came close again as Lewis page volleyed just wide of the right corner.

The Canaries, lighting quick on the transition from defence to attack, would score their second a minute later, as Canos grabbed a goal to add to his assist. He received the ball just outside the area, before cutting in on his right foot and curling an effort that nestled in the bottom right corner.

Norwich almost had a third three minutes from the interval as Maddison played in Jacob Murphy but Charles-Cook was off his line promptly to smother the danger. 

The Sky Blues came out with more attacking intent after the break, as they created their first clear cut opening in the 50th minute. Daniel Agyei managed to hold off surrounding Canaries defenders on the edge of the area, before playing in Vladimir Gadzhev. The Bulgarian midfielder got to the ball before a hesitant Jones but toe-poked his effort just wide of the right corner.

City would have a chance to half the deficit when wing-back Dion Kelly-Evans was clumsily bundled over in the box in the 55th minute. Ruben Lameiras took the resulting spot-kick and confidently tucked it into the bottom right corner. But unfortunately for the visiting side, the joy was to be short-lived, as the Canaries would restore their two goal lead just moments later. Centre-half Russell set piece. Martin, up for the corner, tapped in from a Maddison 

Jacob Murphy increased Norwich's lead with a well placed effort, taking a couple of paces forward before bending the ball into the right corner for the Canaries' fourth. Canos grabbed his second ten minutes from time, before the scoring was rounded off by an emphatic finish from substitute Ben Godfrey in the 87th minute. 

Attendance: 10,105



Charles-Cook (GK), Ricketts (C), Harries, Willis, Stevenson (Dev.Kelly-Evans 65'), Gadzhev, McCann, Di. Kelly-Evans, Page, Coventry City:Reid (Lameiras 45'), Agyei (Spence 65').

Burge (GK), Haynes, Finch, Tudgay. Subs:

 Jones (GK), Whittaker (Godfrey 64'), Martin (C), Bassong, Canos, Lafferty (Mulumbu 74'), Andreu, Jac. Murphy (Jo. Murphy 64'), Norwich City:Toffolo, Maddison, Thompson. 


 McGovern (GK),Turner, Morris, Grant.Subs:

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