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Norwich City v Coventry City

23 August 2016


THE CANARIES hit Coventry City for six as they cruised into the Round Three of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Sergi Canos scored twice, with other goals coming from Kyle Lafferty, Russell Martin, Jacob Murphy and Ben Godfrey as Alex Neil's young side proved too hot to handle for the visitors, whose solitary effort from Ruben Lameiras came from the penalty spot.

City were the team on the ascendancy from the first minute, and although they initially lacked the final piece of quality in key areas it came 25 minutes in when Canos capitalised on a slip in the Coventry defence to slide in Lafferty, who finished confidently beyond Reece Charles-Cook.

Lafferty turned provider for Canos himself nine minutes before half-time, feeding the lively winger who cut in on his right foot and curled a delightful shot into the far corner.

Coventry will have been glad for the half-time whistle after only Charles-Cook came between Jacob Murphy and a third goal just prior to the break, but the threat was still present in the second period - just five into it, James Maddison was denied by the visiting goalkeeper.

Lameiras gave the Sky Blues hope when he scored from the spot after Harry Toffolo had pushed Dion Kelly-Evans, but Martin anticipated Maddison's corner fastest to re-establish a two-goal cushion just two minutes later.

Murphy's exquisite finish against his employers from last season put the tie to bed, and after he swapped places with his brother, Josh set up Canos for the fifth ten minutes from the end before Godfrey's rasping drive finished the scoring, the final whistle putting Coventry out of their misery.

As Neil hinted at in Monday's pre-match press conference, he made a host of changes to his team as the Canaries switched competitions.

There were full debuts for Paul Jones, Louis Thompson and ex-Coventry man Maddison, while Toffolo and Canos started at Carrow Road in a competitive game for the first time.

Tony Andreu and Lafferty were also included, as was Club captain Martin for his first minutes of the 2016-17 campaign. Youngsters Godfrey and Ray Grant were among the substitutes.
With City looking in total command, Coventry were suddenly offered a lifeline when Toffolo was penalised for a foul on Kelly-Evans in the area ten minutes into the second half.

Substitute Lameiras stepped up and nestled the ball in the net beyond Jones, but their hope only lasted two minutes before Martin chipped in with City's third, quickly extinguishing any momentum the visitors will have hoped to gather.

The sublime fourth from Murphy soon followed, and City eased to victory from there on in with Canos' second and Godfrey's debut strike adding even more gloss to an already convincing scoreline.

City's name will be in the hat when the EFL Cup Round Three draw is made on Wednesday night.

Their next tie will be played on the week commencing September 19, with Neil hoping for another home draw as the English clubs competing in European football enter the competition.

GOALS: Canaries: Kyle Lafferty (25), Sergi Canos (36, 80), Russell Martin (58), Jacob Murphy (63), Ben Godfrey (87) - Sky Blues: Ruben Lameiras (pen 56)

NORWICH CITY: Jones; Whittaker (Godfrey 65), Martin (c), Bassong, Toffolo; Thompson; Canos, Maddison, Andreu, Ja. Murphy (Jo. Murphy 65); Lafferty (Mulumbu 75). Subs not used: McGovern (GK), Turner, Morris, Grant.

COVENTRY CITY: Charles-Cook; Willis, Agyei (Spence 66), Reid (Lameiras 45), McCann, Gadzhev, Page, Ricketts (c), Harries, Kelly-Evans, Stevenson (Kelly 66). Subs not used: Burge (GK), Tudgay, Haynes, Finch.

REFEREE: David Webb


City's final game before the two-week break for internationals is against Birmingham City at St Andrew's on Saturday.

Gary Rowett's team will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing derby defeat against Wolves last weekend - but the Blues have managed to take five points from their opening four league matches.

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