Dani Ayala and David Fox feature in Norwich City’s 1-0 development league defeat to Fulham’s Under-21s

Norwich City midfielder David Fox is seeking a fresh start on loan at Barnsley. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder David Fox is seeking a fresh start on loan at Barnsley. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, August 26, 2013
6:55 PM

Norwich City duo Dani Ayala and David Fox played the full 90 minutes in the Canaries’ 1-0 Premier League development defeat to Fulham’s Under-21s at Colney on Monday afternoon.

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Cauley Woodrow’s early penalty after being brought down by Ayala maintained the Cottagers’ 100% start to the new development season and inflicted a second straight reverse on the Canaries after last week’s away loss at Aston Villa’s under-21s.

The likes of Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington were not included in the City squad, which suggested both are likely to come into contention for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup second round home tie against Bury.

City included Josh and Jacob Murphy along with Jamar Loza and Carlton Morris in a potent looking side but it was Fulham who made the early running and were rewarded when Ayala brought down Woodrow after the Fulham front man had latched onto Lasse Vigen Christensen’s pass. Woodrow kept his composure to send Remi Mathews the wrong way from the penalty spot. Morris then tested Marcus Bettinelli as the hosts’ looked to reply in kind before Josh Murphy was denied. Matthews produced a smart stop to halt Tom Richards prior to Morris striking the woodwork on the half-hour mark.

Matthews’ acrobatic stop clawed out Sean Kavanagh’s free-kick but Fulham continued to press after the interval with Muamer Tankovic and Alex Brister wasting good chances to extend the visitors’ lead before Woodrow went close to doubling his tally only to be denied by the over-worked Matthews.

Bettinelli then did well to deny Jamar Loza prior to the excellent Woodrow being sent clear by Kerim Frei in the 76th minute, but the goalscorer encountered fresh resistance from Matthews. Morris went close to salvaging a point in the final minutes when he tested Bettinelli with a stinging half-volley from Josh Murphy’s pass.

• Norwich City: Matthews; McNeil, Ayala, Gafaiti, Toffolo, McGeehan, Fox, Jacob Murphy, Loza, Josh Murphy, Morris. Subs (not used): Barker, Priestley, Callan-McFadden, Hall-Johnson.

• Fulham: Bettinelli, Brister, Grimmer, Passley, Kavanagh, Frei, Vigen Christensen, David, Richards, Tankovic, Woodrow (Islamovic 77). Subs (not used): Joronen, Buatu, Della Verde, Minkwitz.

• Goal: Woodrow (4)

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16 comments

  • Dubai agreed with you completely on another board. Sorry Bill but I also feel the probable starting 11 for next saturday should get a confidence booster against Bury. If we had not performed so badly saturday I too would be calling for some of the youngsters to play

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • I think he needs to pay a full strength team for a confidence-building win tomorrow night. If they can get a good win on Tuesday night and score a few goals we can take that momentum into Saturday's game and get some PL points on the board !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Peter, it might have something to do with the pace at which they play, plus all the training they have to do

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • I agree with you DC and had written the same on a previous board, neither Ayala or Fox were likely to be considered for the first team on Saturday so we may well be getting our wish tomorrow. I would however hope that more than one of the missing stars plays tomorrow, Bassong, Hooper and maybe even Pilks but we shall see.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Most certainly, Dubai! We played Subbuteo at the weekend, using the "Local Derby" set of players. Canaries beat the Donkeys 17-2. One serious injury, a Norwich winger snapped off just above the ankles. The truncated (celluloid) player was glued back into his base and is now known as Kenny Foggo. You will have guessed it is a very old Subbuteo set - but it`s new to Nogdam End, the upmarket suburb of Greater Norton Subcourse.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Pete Watson get real!!!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Johnson, Tetty, Fer, Howson, Redmond. Five man midfield formation, four of which are holding midfielders!!!! Howson is not a right winger that would keep a fit Snodgrass out of the team. If Snods is 50 50 then he should either start or not be on the bench rather than risk him at half time. RVW will never be a loan striker as long as my A.se points down. IMO I still rate Becchio possibly ahead of Elmander. Hughton has performed magnificently in the wheel and deal of the Summer. Looks like he can fill in 22 places with quality purchases. Where he pulls up is on match day. He doesn't seem to be able to cope with match day tactical dynamics in a game!!!!! Seen it last year, this is now a repeat. Your average joe on this website can see when, who and where to make changes during games. I would take on Calderwood Trollope or whooton in a game of poker for money any day................they would fold with four aces in their laps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Unbelievable, can't believe Hughton's not starting with the twins tomorrow

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Yes, sometime as much as two hours a day....wow!

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    canaryken

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Ivan, he's probably a rugby fan!

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Yet another defeat! What's the point? It's not even worth us turning up. Hopeless. All the best pals, Ged x

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Apropos of the availability of fit wingers, BeebGossip has it that we are about to get a 25 year-old Australian winger on a season-long loan from Atalanta. Forgotten his name already! Is this to fill in for Benno as cover, or for Pilks, or a bit of both? I see Dani`s still accident prone even at reserve level. Another name I`ve forgotten is that of the Work Experience goalie from Soton who played in the Youth Cup for us? Can anybody tell me who he is & whether he`s still with us?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • That winger - James Troisi. Of Italian\Greek parentage but born in Australia, for which National team he has played. Has played in Turkey, and though now an Atalanta player, his registration is jointly owned by Juventus. I really don`t know what that means! Insomnia gets you working on strange research projects sometimes!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Our leader Ged is correct - we should trot out for each game on a white donkey, waving a white flag - then lie down and surrender ! Wait a minute, that's not very original - doesn't a lowly neighbour around these parts do that particular trick very well ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Fair comment everyone, Wasn't being entirely serious, though it would have been good to have seen them on the bench, call it a statement of intent if you will, intent being to take positive risks.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Do not see why players cannot play the day after they played?How many weekend footballers play on a Saturday and a Sunday?These guys are well paid,young men who ought to be fit enough for 2 games in a row.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, August 26, 2013

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