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26 July 2016

Canaries win on return to Carrow Road

ALEX Neil says experience and youth blended well for the Canaries as they eased past Coventry City in Tuesday's pre-season friendly at Carrow Road.

Wes Hoolahan's superb early strike was followed up by a goal apiece for the Murphy twins in the second half as Neil's side won their penultimate warm-up game.

He told reporters: "I think Coventry created a dilemma in terms of the way they play, because it's an unusual system and they played well.

"The first half was competitive, I thought you could see our experience at times and when our younger lads came on they really made an impact on the game as well but Coventry equipped themselves well with a young squad."

Hoolahan was playing his first match of pre-season after returning at a later date due to Euro 2016 duty over the summer, but manager Neil was impressed with the veteran midfielder's impact.

"Wes is the creater in the team," he added. "When we get the ball to him, things happen. It's pleasing that he's on the scoresheet as well because that's something we'd like to do with him because he creates so many.

"I'm really pleased he got his goal and that's his first 45 minutes since his holiday so it's important to get minutes in his legs before the start of the season, like Kyle and like Martin."

Neil went on to praise the second half substitutes, commenting: "Both of the Murphys did really well in terms of getting their goals and they've got pace, which terrifies defenders.

"The good thing about them is that they can then put it to good use, and I thought James Maddison's use of the ball behind them was excellent. His pass for the third goal was fantastic.

"I had a chat with them at the end of last year and I think for them, this season is a big season because potentially they can go and stake a claim in their positions."

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