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Lowestoft Town 1-5 Norwich City

8 July 2017

Norwich City's first pre-season friendly in England under Head Coach Daniel Farke saw them come from behind to register victory at Lowestoft Town in Micky Chapman's testimonial.

Having fallen behind to Travis Cole's close-range effort, the Canaries took control before the break with a Cameron Jerome penalty preceding goals from Steven Naismith and Marley Watkins.

Further goals either side of the hour-mark from substitutes Nelson Oliveira and Mario Vrancic extended the advantage, ensuring the Canaries emerged as relatively emphatic winners.

Farke's initial starting XI included a maiden start in City colours for Harrison Reed following his loan move from Southampton, the 22-year-old operating at the base of midfield. 

He formed part of a 4-1-4-1 formation, youngster Jamal Lewis beginning the afternoon at left-back on the opposite side to Yanic Wildschut.

Jerome captained the side from his striking role, being offered support in attack by the likes of Watkins and Josh Murphy.

The Canaries had the better of the opening exchanges, going close with quarter of an hour gone when Watkins' curled effort bounced back off the woodwork.

They also tested Lowestoft goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski on a number of occasions, with Jerome and Murphy both denied by fines sprawling saves.

Despite their early dominance, Farke's men would fall behind with 20 minutes played; Town defender Cole reacting fastest in the box to bundle home from close-range.

City responded, James Maddison firing just over before they were awarded a penalty when Lewis' shot hit a hand in the box.

Jerome stepped up to take the spot-kick, calmly rolling into the corner to bring his side level ahead of Naismith stroking home ten minutes later to put the Canaries in front.

Having personally threatened on a number of occassions during the first 45 minutes, Watkins added a third on the stroke of half-time by rounding Dudzinski before tapping into the net.

Six changes were made by the away side at the break, with Remi Matthews, Harry Toffolo, Mario Vrancic, Alex Pritchard, Carlton Morris and Nelson Oliveira all introduced.

The last two of those would combine just shy of the hour-mark, Morris getting to the byline and cutting back for his fellow forward to tuck home and register City's fourth.

Moments later tidy feet from Vrancic gave him the space to curl in after good work from Toffolo to make it 5-1, with the visitors controlling proceedings for the remainder of the contest in what proved another useful workout.

Farke's men are back in action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Stevenage for their third warm-up match ahead of the 2017-18 Sky Bet Championship campaign.


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