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FRANCOMB ON SCUNTHORPE

30 August 2012

Defender pleased to progress

NORWICH City youngster George Francomb was delighted to pick up the Man-of-the-Match award for his performance in the 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Chris Hughton’s Canaries swept aside their League One opponents with goals from Simon Lappin and Wes Hoolahan to advance to the third round draw on Thursday evening.

Francomb put in an eye-catching display at right-back, defending well and getting forward in impressive fashion, but the 20-year-old Academy product was just pleased to be back playing football in a yellow shirt.

He told Canaries Player: “It was really good to get out there, as I’ve not played for a while, and it was nice to get a game under my belt. 

“I think with the league cup it’s the same every season; you go into every game wanting to win it, and the gaffer has given some of the fringe players a chance to play, and we all wanted to win.

“The crowd are brilliant, they get behind you, and for a young lad coming through, they really help, it was brilliant.

“It was a good game too. Although we let a soft goal in just after we scored, which we were disappointed with, we got the goal in the second half and shut the game out well.”

Francomb spent part of last season out on loan with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian, playing 17 games as he continued his development, including a cameo in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts.

Upon his return from Scotland, the defender signed a new one-year deal with the club, and revealed he has been enjoying the benefits of training with a City squad that now has a year of Barclays Premier League experience.

He added: “It’s excellent training every day with the quality players that are coming in, and being able to learn off people like Russ Martin, who plays in my position.

“It can only be good for me to work with him.

“Just playing mens football in big stadiums can only benefit you.”

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