Murphys’ double act spells trouble for Norwich City’s rivals

Norwich City twins Jacob and Josh Murphy made their mark in the 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Crawley Town. Picture by Richard Calver/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City twins Jacob and Josh Murphy made their mark in the 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Crawley Town. Picture by Richard Calver/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, August 28, 2014
10:28 AM

Neil Adams is convinced Josh and Jacob Murphy’s double act spells trouble for Norwich City’s rivals.

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The Canaries’ chief put his faith in youth with nine academy products involved in the midweek 3-1 Capital One Cup second round win over Crawley Town. Josh Murphy’s brace grabbed the headlines but his brother’s superb raking 40-yard pass for the England Under-19 international’s opener was the first glimpse on the big stage of their telepathic understanding.

Adams believes Norwich fans should get used to seeing that exciting link up if they continue to progress at an accelerated rate.

He said: “Whether you want to call that telepathic or not but they are twins and they almost know what the other is doing. That was a great ball from Jacob. We’ve seen that since they first came into the building when they were 12. That is what they can do. It is just about refining their games, gaining some more

composure and they have done that year on year to the point where they are ready for first team football.

“Josh deserved his man of the match performance and bottle of champagne. Whether he is old enough to drink it or not is another matter but they were two great goals. He is a first team player now. He has been with us every game and he is pushing his claims.”

Adams revealed a half-time pep talk was the precursor to the Murphys’ deadly incursion five minutes after the interval.

“Josh was slowing up his full-back too much and allowing him to make it an even race. I said use your pace, knock it past him and get your shots away and the very first chance he gets he does exactly that,” he said.

“That is what he has got in his locker. He can really hurt defenders when he is focused and confident. I never had his speed but I can give both the twins a lot of advice from my own playing days about operating in that position and how they manage the game. That was just one of the things I spotted, if he could keep his momentum going the defender was always going to struggle.”

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15 comments

  • Who are these people, EgyptiCan? Hittites? I`m still stunned by the fact that Steady and I have each singled out Becchio & Bunn to go out the door with Bassong. We so rarely agree.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Hey fellas I'm busting at the seams to get up the nose of the people that told me that we were finished but I daren't just yet.

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • NMTD; I`m glad you`re "on board" this morning. I have to say I`m very impressed with your anagram. It is original and funny. I hope you`ve wearied of winding up cutty over his rare error. On the subject of young players; it is good to see Neil`s bold statement of intent about Conor McGrandle`s place in the great scheme of things (on another board). "He is a first team player.." etc. A bold acquisition and a positive plan of how the chap is going to contribute. No more Butterfield\Becchio\Bunn moments under Neil. As an early doubter\moaner\grouser, I have to say I`m beginning to like the cut of Adams` jib. Early days; I`m not doing the Full Pollyanna just yet. OTBC. PS: I do not intend to attempt an anagram of `nevermindthedanger` either.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I'm not reading this Swiss !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Don't be embarrassed Timbo, we all look fondly back on our ex's. Oh for the days of afternoon prawn cocktails, kentucky dreams, fisher price saxophones and Eva Hervigova's wonderbras! :-) Salhouse remembers OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I feel the same, but I think that we got away with it. No one is reading this thread any more.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • The Murphys are the best thing to happen @ City for years. Things now gradually slotting into place. We got it badly wrong with the Country Vicar's appointment + then made it worse by keeping him for ages longer than we should've done. So far so good with Neil. I think Gary Holt will be a massive asset to us as well with his no-nonsense Army approach to fitness. Weird feeling when you start to look forward to matches. Like Lambo being in charge again.....Oh no, did I type that out loud..???

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    Timbo

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • It's great to see so much good reporting from everyone but let's not get too complacent. Norwich have a long way to go and the Premiership is a completely different "ball game". The Murphy brothers reminds me of the Fashanu days. Let's wait and see.

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    glayva

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Would like to see these two played up front in a striking partnership. Just as an experiment to see what happens. I think they'd be brilliant with their pace and telepathic ability? As identical twins it would be hard for opposition defenders to play against them. I can't think of any other teams ever having had identical strikers?

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Hey MB, aka Bed Warmer, sounds easy doesn't it ..........'use your pace, knock it past him and get your shots away'. Is that what they get taught at youth level? Jumpers for goalposts and all that. Rush keeper anyone?

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Yeah, like, right, Swiss. Josh is, like, ...likeable. Bless him. Good, like, interview. I predicted this cunning plan weeks ago - Neil has his youth armoury just waiting to take the league by storm! If Freddy Krughton had still been here, he`d be busy peripheralizing these lads, prior to shipping them out for relative peanuts, then using the loot to hire a few geriatric loanee-cronies to fill the treatment room. Brave New World. I feel almost as Pollyanna-ish as the "Old Dubya" ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • PS: what a joy to be able to have positives to talk about after last season!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Yes, well done to the pair of them! Looks like they have a very exciting future ahead of them. The question is: will they develop better if they are playing together? They appear to have an accute understanding of each other, being twins. That may well be a defining factor, giving them that edge. As we know it is often these seemingly small advantages which make the difference.The present and the future both look full of promise for the club. And of course Adams is the man who knows these youngsters better than anyone and as such is in a unique position to bring them on.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Aged 19, he could drink the champagne, but sensible lad that he is, he said that he was keeping it as his first senior MOM. What a delightful character he is, like ;-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Another reason NA is ticking all the boxes for me, such belief in the yougsters and not afraid to expose them to first team football. Good for you NA and good luck Josh and Jacob in your obvious glittering careers ahead of you - OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

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