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23 July 2016

Jerome and Naismith on target in Austria win

CITY edged Rubin Kazan 2-1 at the Sportsplatz, Ilz to record their third pre-season victory in a hard-fought contest.

Concluding their training camp in Austria, Alex Neil's Canaries - who handed a debut to Sergi Canos - won thanks to goals from Cameron Jerome and Steven Naismith, with Denis Tkachuk netting for the Russians in what was at times a tempestuous friendly.

Michael Turner was sent off early in the second half for two bookable offences, although City were allowed to keep eleven men on the field with the introduction of Ramsay.

They went ahead after just 76 seconds - Steven Whittaker provided the assist from left back, floating a long ball forward that Rubin's defence failed to deal with, leaving Jerome to round the goalkeeper and walk the ball into the empty net.

City - donning their new Errea Official third kit - could have capitalised even more on a promising start via chances from Naismith and Jerome again, but Rubin caught them cold at the back when Tkachuk's run was picked out and he guided the ball beyond John Ruddy on the quarter hour.

Rubin exploited another gap but Ruddy was equal to Rifat Zhemaletdinov's attempt this time, but Neil's men continued to make most of the play in a match that certainly carried a competitive edge, with the opponents' forwards reacting badly to Turner's aerial physicality.

Ruddy was called on twice to deny Gokdeniz Karadeniz as the Russia side finished the half strongly, first blocking a near-post drive before getting down low to palm the Turkish winger's shot from the right channel clear.

Vadis Odjidja Ofoe came on at the break in place of Canos, but City were forced into a second change sooner than they would have liked following a bizarre turn of events.

Turner, booked in the first half, was shown a second yellow and consequently a red by the referee - but after consultation, City were allowed to bring on Ramsay to keep the numbers even.

Whittaker reverted to central defence, but his teammates in front of him were ceding territory to Rubin, who looked the most likely to make something happen as the half ticked over.

That was until the 63rd minute, when Neil's attacking players combined superbly as Jerome stabbed a pass through to Naismith, who rode a challenge before scoring at the near post.

City kept their opponents at bay thereafter, and even though Rubin pushed forward in the final ten minutes in search of the equaliser, Norwich did enough to hold on for the win.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 2-1 Rubin Kazan

GOALS: City: Cameron Jerome (2), Steven Naismith (63) - Rubin: Denis Tkachuk (15)

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Pinto, Turner (Ramsay after red card 49), Klose, Whittaker; Mulumbu, Howson (c) (Thompson 64), Naismith (Middleton 90); Canos (Odjidja 45), Andreu, Jerome. Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Grant, Ashley-Seal.

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