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REPORT: CITY 2-1 WALSALL

9 July 2016

Canaries begin pre-season campaign with victory

NORWICH City began their preparations for the 2016-17 season with a 2-1 win over Walsall at St George's Park on Saturday. 

The Canaries were largely dominant from the off, fashioning a number of reasonable chances as they stretched their opponents well by using the width of the pitch.

Their efforts were duly rewarded on 24 minutes when Ryan Bennett bundled home Josh Murphy's left wing cross at the second tome of asking. 

Alex Neil shuffled his pack almost entirely after 45 minutes, with only half-hour introduction Declan Rudd remaining for the early stages of the second period. 

Walsall made the brighter start at the resumption of play, and levelled on 55 minutes when Theo Vassell headed home from a corner.

City wasted little time in responding however, going back in front soon after as Cameron Jerome flicked Graham Dorrans' corner into the roof of the net.

They were able to control proceedings for the remainder of the match, only being prevented from further extending their lead by some dogged Walsall defending.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 2-1 Walsall

GOALS: City: Bennett (24), Jerome (60).

NORWICH FIRST HALF XI: Ruddy (Rudd, 30); Pinto, Bennett, Bassong, Thompson; Naismith, Odjidja, Andreu, Josh Murphy; van Wolfswinkel, Morris.

NORWICH SECOND HALF XI: Rudd (Matthews, 60); Godfrey, Crowe, Klose, Toffolo; Mulumbu, Dorrans; Jacob Murphy, Maddison, Cantwell; Jerome.

UNUSED SUBS: Ray Grant, Jamal Lewis.



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