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Match Reports

City see off Reading at Carrow Road

17 March 2018

Norwich City secured their first Sky Bet Championship win in seven matches on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Reading at Carrow Road.

The Canaries had drawn six of their previous seven league fixtures, but a clinical first half gave them the edge they needed to ensure they took maximum points this time around.

Two goals from set-pieces got them started, with Mario Vrancic and Grant Hanley heading home corners before Liam Kelly struck for Reading - only for James Maddison's penalty to leave City two in front at the break.

That advantage was reduced soon after the restart when Royals striker Sam Smith pounced, but the hosts took the spoils despite a more even second half.

Daniel Farke made four changes to the side which started Tuesday night's game at Barnsley, with Harrison Reed coming in for the injured Alex Tettey.

There were also starts for Jamal Lewis, Onel Hernandez and Dennis Srbeny in place of Christoph Zimmermann, James Husband and Marley Watkins, while Nelson Oliveira and Marcus Edwards were named on the bench.

After an opening disrupted by a hefty challenge on Timm Klose, the hosts gradually began to find a rhythm which they made count on 14 minutes by taking the lead.

Good work from Josh Murphy on his 100th City appearance earned a corner, with Vrancic reacting sharply at the far-post to head home after Hanley had flicked on Maddison's delivery.

They went close to a second soon after when a sublime Vrancic pass released Murphy down the left. The winger did well to pick out Hernandez in the box, only for his goal-bound attempt to be deflected over.

Vrancic was pulling the strings superbly in midfield, and it was another delightful pass from deep to Murphy which led to Farke's side winning the corner from which they would make it 2-0.

This time it was Hanley himself who got on the scoresheet, holding off his man to firmly nod his first for the club past Royals goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola.

Reading, to their credit, responded pulling one back just after the half-hour mark when Liam Kelly drilled into the net following a scramble in the hosts' box. 

The influential Murphy wasted little time in going about restoring City's two-goal lead however, cantering down the left flank before squaring for Maddison in the area.

Maddison looked set to score only to be fouled by Jaakkola, that illegal intervention ultimately only stalling the inevitable as the playmaker stepped up to convert the resultant spot-kick.

The Royals set about eating into the deficit early in the second period, reducing it to one goal for a second time on 52 minutes when Smith expertly diverted Kelly's cross past Angus Gunn on the volley. 

With an hour gone, it was City's turn to threaten; telepathic interplay between the excellent Srbeny and Hernandez leading to the latter striking the base of the post via a deflection.

Midway through a more low-key second period Murphy went close to getting his side a fourth, skidding a low effort across the face of goal and narrowly wide of the post. 

Srbeny then had a huge opportunity to open his Canaries account, only to skew wide having created space for himself in the box.

It wasn't all one way traffic, Gunn producing a fine diving stop to palm away a flicked effort from deep inside the City area to keep his side in front as the game moved past 80 minutes.

Reading pushed hard for a leveller, but Norwich held firm - doing enough to close out the game for a deserved win.

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Ticket News

Reading tickets on general sale

15 March 2018

Tickets for Norwich City's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Reading at Carrow Road on Saturday, March 17 (3pm) remain available on general sale.

Prices start at £3 for Under-12s, £5 for Under-18s, £13 for 65+ and £23 for Adults.

Season ticket holders and member can purchase up to five tickets at the discounted members price.

You can purchase your tickets ONLINE, by phone on 0844 826 1902, or by visiting the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield.

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