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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:30 26th August 2014

REPORT: NORWICH CITY 3-1 CRAWLEY TOWN

NORWICH City progressed to round three of the Capital One Cup with a 3-1 victory over Crawley Town at Carrow Road.

Cameron Jerome scored early in the first half, a debut strike, with Josh Murphy increasing the Canaries' advantage four minutes after the break.

A Carlos Cuellar own goal put life back into the visitors and even though they put City under pressure in the second half, the hosts wrapped up the victory when Murphy curled in his second in stoppage time.

City will find out their opponents for the next stage of the competition when the draw is made on Wednesday.

Neil Adams made a bold statement with his team line-up before kick-off, giving first senior Norwich City starts to Kyle McFadden, Jacob Murphy and Jamar Loza, while there were also full debuts for Cuellar and Jerome.

Crawley stuck with the same team that were unfortunate to lose 1-0 at Sheffield United on Saturday, with former Canary loanee Jimmy Smith starting in midfield.

The visitors started brightly with Gwion Edwards forcing an early save from Declan Rudd, with City's first chance coming through Jacob Murphy, whose shot was turned around the post by Brian Jensen.

Adams' side pushed their League One opponents back slowly and opened the scoring on 14 minutes through Jerome.

Last week's recruit from Stoke City was fastest to react to Jensen's spillage of Steven Whittaker's shot and he was able to tap home to open his Canaries account.

Crawley grew into the contest and after Lewis Young and Ryan Dickson both tried their luck from distance, Rudd had to be sharp to block Izale McLeod's effort after Carlos Cuellar had misjudged the flight of the ball.

City regained the initiative but Elliott Bennett and Josh Murphy both failed to find the target when presented with difficult opportunities late in the half.

HALF-TIME: Norwich City 1-0 Crawley Town

Four minutes into the second period, the Murphy twins combined to double City's lead.

Jacob picked the ball up inside his own half and spotted his brother free on the left, who sprinted past Lanre Oyebanjo and finished accurately across Jensen, into the far corner.

Six minutes later Crawley found the net but it's the unfortunate Cuellar's name who that will go down on the scoresheet.

The Spanish defender sliced Dickson's wicked cross, with the ball looping over Rudd and into the net via the crossbar.

Reece Hall-Johnson replaced Jacob Murphy for his senior Canaries debut on 65 minutes, but it was Crawley making the running as the game neared its end.

City's play was disjointed but they stood firm defensively, with Rudd making a fine save to deny Tomlin in the closing stages.

Murphy's curling effort from 20 yards ensured it was a comfortable finish in the end for the Canaries.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 3-1 Crawley Town

GOALS: Canaries: Cameron Jerome (14), Josh Murphy (49, 90) - Reds: Carlos Cuellar OG (55)

NORWICH CITY
: Rudd; Martin (c), Cuellar, McFadden, Whittaker; Jacob Murphy (Hall-Johnson 65), E Bennett, Surman, Josh Murphy; Jerome (Becchio 80), Loza. Subs not used: Ruddy (GK), Johnson, Awuah, Toffolo, McGeehan.

CRAWLEY TOWN: Jensen; Oyebanjo, Leacock, Walsh, Dickson, Edwards, Smith, Henderson, Bawling (O'Connor 64), Young (c) (Tomlin 52), McLeod. Subs not used: Bradley, Rose, Harrold, Banya.

REFEREE: Mr M Jones

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