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MATCH REPORT: Norwich City 3-0 Coventry City - The Murphy brothers both net as City lose out at Carrow Road

26 July 2016

The Sky Blues come up against a tough opposition at Norwich City, as ex-City player Jacob Murphy nets for the Canaries...

Championship side Norwich City were a step too far for City's youthful squad as the experienced Canaries claimed victory at Carrow Road. 

Fresh from Euro 2016 duty, Republic of Ireland international Wes Hoolahan put the home side in front, with the Murphy twins adding the second and third goals after the break and ex-City lad James Maddison providing an assist. Vladimir Gadzhev came closest for the Sky Blues as his beautifully executed free-kick struck the crossbar, but couldn't find the net.    

One moment of class separated the two sides at half-time, with Hoolahan producing a memorable strike from 20-yards to put the home team one up. The ball nestled in the inside right corner of Charles-Cook's goal, as the deadlock was broken with under ten minutes on the clock.

Some neat interchange between the Sky Blues front three yielded a couple of first-half opportunities for City, with shots from both Sordell and Thomas charged down by the sizeable Norwich defence. Ryan Haynes produced sparks of excitement from the wing-back position, before Vladimir Gadzhev wrapped his right boot around a free-kick 22-yards out. The effort had plenty of dip and curl as it fizzed against the Norwich crossbar and rebounded in to the box, with that City's closest sight of goal during the first 45. 

Cov kid James Maddison entered the field at half-time, to face his childhood side for the first time since his summer move. Another familiar face, Jacob Murphy also came on for Norwich in the second period, with both him and his brother Josh on the scoresheet for the Canaries. 

Jordan Willis had a chance to reduce the deficit for the Sky Blues, as he rose highest in the box to meet a Gadzhev corner. He couldn't direct his header goalward, but City were creating chances and looked confident of making a breakthrough. 

City's Trialist tested McGovern in the Norwich goal on the 63rd minute, as he attempted a curled shot from distance. The Norwich keeper got fingertips to the shot and it was tipped over for the umpteenth City corner of the game. The experienced Norwich XI saw the game out, with the final whistle ending on a 3-0 scoreline.  

Attendance: 7,602

Teams

Coventry City: Charles-Cook (GK), Willis (C) (Stevenson 65'), Harries, Leahy, Gadzhev, Rose, Haynes, Di.Kelly-Evans, Sordell (Maycock 78'), Spence (Trialist 51'), Thomas (Dev Kelly-Evans 65').

Subs: Scuza (GK), Shipley, Whitmore, Thompson. 

Norwich City: McGovern (GK), Whittaker, Olsson, Bassong, Howson (C), Canos, Hoolahan, Bennett, Dorrans, Lafferty, Odjidja Ofoe. 

Subs: Rudd (GK), Mulumbu, Pinto, Godfrey, Murphy, Murphy, Maddison, Morris, Toffolo, Thompson. 

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