Norwich City 3 Crawley Town 1

Cameron Jerome and Josh Murphy celebrate after easing Norwich City into the Capital One Cup third round with a 3-1 win over Crawley Town. 
Picture by Richard Calver/Focus Images Ltd Cameron Jerome and Josh Murphy celebrate after easing Norwich City into the Capital One Cup third round with a 3-1 win over Crawley Town. Picture by Richard Calver/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
9:37 PM

Josh Murphy’s second half brace eased Norwich City through to the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday night after overcoming dogged resistance from League One Crawley Town at Carrow Road.

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City looked to be cruising when Murphy doubled the hosts’ lead in the 50th minute after Cameron Jerome’s first half debut strike, but Carlos Cuellar’s sliced own goal set up a tense finish before Murphy slammed home deep in stoppage time for Neil Adams’ youthful side.

Adams retained only two of the starters from Saturday’s Championship derby win over Ipswich Town, captain Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker bolstering a backline which featured debutants Cuellar and Kyle McFadden.

Cuellar’s inclusion came as no surprise following his recent free transfer switch but Republic of Ireland youth international McFadden was also elevated from the club’s development squad in a defence that featured back-up keeper Declan Rudd.

Adams’ experimentation continued in midfield with Elliott Bennett partnering Andrew Surman in the centre of the park, flanked by twins Josh and Jacob Murphy.

Another new boy, Jerome, was paired in tandem with Jamar Loza and Adams also recalled Luciano Becchio for his maiden first team involvement of the new campaign. The Argentine frontman scored in Sunday’s 3-1 development league defeat against Chelsea’s Under-21s at Aldershot in a squad that also featured Cameron McGeehan and Reiss Awuah, who joined him on the substitutes’ roster.

Crawley chief John Gregory named an unchanged line up from the side that lost 1-0 in League One on Saturday at Sheffield United, which included one-time City loanee Jimmy Smith.

Cuellar appeared willing to embrace his senior role alongside McFadden with the Spaniard keen to organise City’s backline in the first few skirmishes.

But Rudd was required to parry Gwion Edwards’ drilled effort in the fourth minute after Surman was robbed by Conor Henderson.

Jacob Murphy responded, forcing Brian Jensen to parry his angled strike behind in a vibrant first salvo from Adams’ new-look side.

Josh Murphy crafted a perfect pass through the Reds’ defence but Loza’s cut-back was cleared by Ryan Dickson. Cuellar was momentarily caught out at the opposite end by a long clearance only for Izale McLeod to over-run the ball.

City opened the scoring through debutant Jerome in the 14th minute but it owed as much to Whittaker’s attacking instincts and Jensen’s weak parry, which was slammed home from point blank range by the ex-Stoke striker.

Crawley continued to attack with a refreshing sense of purpose and McLeod’s first time curling effort drifted onto the top of Rudd’s netting after Whittaker failed to halt Lewis Young’s adventurous burst.

City’s young brigade were clearly enjoying the exposure in front of the home fans, with Loza’s back heel pounced on by Jacob Murphy after Surman had triggered the move from deep, but the teenager’s finish lacked the precision of the build up.

Cuellar’s anticipation foiled McLeod at his near post with a diving clearance as the big striker sensed a chance from Smith’s teasing delivery.

Town earned a series of corners around the half-hour mark they looked to probe for any signs of weakness, with Dickson hammering over at the far post after Smith’s clever deep set piece exposed the hosts’ slack marking.

Jerome thundered forward before unleashing a 25-yard strike Jensen opted to palm over in the Crawley keeper’s first intervention since gifting City the lead.

Jacob Murphy then rolled his marker but scuffed a left footer wide, which left Jerome suitably unimpressed stationed on the edge of the Town 18-yard box.

Rudd kept City in front in the 35th minute after McLeod’s pace in behind had again caused the hosts’ trouble, but the young keeper was out sharoly to narrow the angle and save with his legs.

Norwich heeded the warning and Bennett spurned a chance to double City’s advantage when he arrived perfectly on cue only to volley Martin’s cut-back over from 10 yards out.

Josh Murphy offered a glimpse of his undoubted potential four minutes from the interval when he exchanged passes with Jerome but pulled a left-footed strike two yards wide before repeating the trick with the same frustrating outcome in stoppage time prior to the interval.

The wide player’s persistence finally paid off four minutes after the restart when he controlled a wonderfully precise angled 40-yard pass from his twin before embarrassing Lanre Oyebanjo for pace and rifling his shot into Jensen’s bottom left-hand corner from just inside the Crawley box.

But the visitors earned a lifeline barely four minutes later courtesy of Cuellar when his sliced clearance dipped under Rudd’s bar despite a despairing one-handed attempt from the home keeper to claw out the Spaniard’s touch from Henderson’s cross.

Cuellar’s night deteriorated further when he was booked for upending Gavin Tomlin as the Reds tried to launch another raid urged on by their small pocket of travelling fans.

Crawley’s urgency was creating space for City’s young legs to exploit with Loza racing through only to be denied by a last-ditch block from Dean Leacock before the newly-arrived Reece Hall-Johnson’s far post touch diverted the ball back into Jensen’s grasp.

Martin then powered past Loza but a heavy final touch allowed Jensen to retrieve the situation but much of City’s ragged work in coughing up cheap possession was merely offering Crawley late encouragement entering the final stages.

Cuellar again denied Town when he tracked McLeod’s run to produce another vital intervention.

Jerome departed to generous applause with Becchio making his first senior appearance of the Adams’ era.

Josh Murphy tried to repeat his earlier strike but Jensen gathered at the second attempt before McLeod powered into the Norwich area but miscued wildly.

City escaped twice in the 89th minute when Josh Murphy bundled McLeod’s header off his own line before Rudd produced a superb point-blank stop to foil Tomlin.

Loza then slammed a rebound against Crawley’s right-hand post from seven yards in the opening minute of stoppage time after Josh Murphy smuggled his way through to test Jensen, but the Town keeper was left grasping at fresh air when the youngster burst through once more to crash a right-footed strike into the roof his net to seal a hard-fought cup win.

• Norwich: Rudd, Martin, Cuellar, McFadden, Whittaker, Jacob Murphy (Hall-Johnson 65), E Bennett, Surman, Josh Murphy, Jerome (Becchio 80), Loza. Subs (not used): Ruddy, Johnson, Toffolo, McGeehan, Awuah.

• Bookings: Cuellar (foul on Tomlin, 59); McFadden (foul on McLeod, 70)

• Goals: Jerome (14), Josh Murphy (50, 90)

• Crawley Town: Jensen, Oyebanjo, Leacock, Walsh, Dickson, Edwards, Smith, Henderson, Bawling (O’Connor 64), Young (Tomlin 52), McLeod. Subs (not used): Bradley, Rose, Harrold, Banya.

• Booking: Leacock (foul on Loza, 70)

• Goal: Cuellar og (54)

• Added on time: 1 minute / 4 minutes

• Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambs)

• Attendance: 14,414

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22 comments

  • Sorry about the typos towards the end, as I said, a bottle of the delightful Carmens Shiraz May well be to blame.

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • What can one say? One's public is, after all, tres important. I fear this piece may be ethered for either length or verbosity. I'm still hard at work on the SLOBS tour chaps, this, despite obstacles at every turn ( and the best part of a bottle of Carmen Stevens Angels reserve Shiraz). The situation is this: I still lack my Jonny Haynes and my Peter Bonetti replacements, l have a right footed left back and several former managers, all, no doubt convinced they can do a better job than me.... A further complication has arisen in the form of my bowls club captain, who, has obviously Sussed my true identity. Accordingly he has told me that his younger brother Trevor (former Ipswich Town and England forward) is a slob. Clearly, he has failed to note the subtlety of the capitalisation and is insisting that Trev should be included in the squad. This, I can envisage may cause some disharmony amongst those I would not wish to offend. Furthermore, I am concerned about the lack of volunteers coming forward ( I fear we cannot afford Dubya's air fare) and consequently, may have to consider young Trev despite the implications for squad harmony. So, gentlemen, dig deep, contact your erstwhile mates and investigate their SLOB qualification (a grand parent shall suffice ) lest we be forced to include Johnny Foreigner in our party. PS. If last night had gone wrong, would Mr. ADAMS hate been crucified for ten changes to the side! just aha thought. aid it is, "big up" to the Adams family!

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    Igno Rance

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Let`s smoke him out, cutty! Igno is our Messiah in waiting. No hiding place. Let`s be `avin` ya, Iggy!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Yeah, I think Igno is overawed by our new hero Neil but we'll not let it rest, he's stuck with it now.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • cutty; I was hoping to take over Dubya`s Pollyanna Patch, but he`s moved back in. Another abuse of human rights to add to his already burgeoning litany. Miserable old Gittery is all there is left for me. LincsCan has even banned me from statistics. It`s enough to condemn me to the Bottom Slough of Despond... Igno Rance has gone very quiet on the formation of the SLOBS...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Okay Brew, I occasionally get these wild impetuous moments but they soon pass. I am after all a Norwich lad born and bred and we take some shifting.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • cutty; please don`t stop being a miserable old git; I`ll be lonely. Now that Adams has got the `first win monkey` off his back, plus the kudos of a win over the Donkeyboys, he`s beginning to bring a new freshness and joy to proceedings. Long may it continue.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I`ll be glad when the transfer window closes. Ideally, before it does, we should see Bassong back in the fold or gone from this place - not hovering about like Banquo`s ghost (on £50k a week). Becchio, Bunn and Surman are others whose futures need to be decided. Hands off Redmond - Adams can "fix" him, given time. I also hope Hooper gets fit soon and stays. If he does go, it`s not life threatening. I really believe Josh is about to `overtake` Nates. A bit of competition might `get his mind right, Luke`. Likewise, hands off Olsson.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • S'trueth this winning lark becoming a bit of a habit, I might have to stop being a miserable old git. Well done the lads and the new signings. OTBC.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Exactly what I asked for last night, a youthful team with a bit of experience and back ups to help should they be needed. The future is bright I gotta get shades.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • This is the cunning plan! Former youth team manager brings on `his boys`. Nobody does it better. The Academy delivers. Wouldn`t that be great? And why not...? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Re Carlos Cuellar, I remember Steve Bruce's first game for city and reading in the manager's comments, "I think you'll like his style of play" What did he do? He scored an own goal! If Carlos can do as well for us as did Steve he will serve us well.

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    Eddie Kerridge

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Seems your rose-tinted glasses got a bit 'foggo'd up', BoF - Bunn wasn't even in the squad! Lots of positives, but let's not get too carried away avoiding this potential banana skin. 3-1 probably flatters us? Big Bass is obviously history.

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Positives are another confidence boosting win, blooding new signings, both scoring, and the inclusion of promising youth in a second string eleven that was too good for Crawley's first team. If we want to pursue cup glory however the dilemma for NA will be who to risk against stronger opposition.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Excellent debut for Cameron Jerome , best possible start here . Poor old Carlos Cuellar had a very good game too , let's hope that miskicked own goal does not detract too much from the rest of his solid performance tonight . Biggest plaudit though goes to Adams who passed another managerial milestone tonight , he had the courage and confidence to put on an untried team , and it all worked out for him . Good to see our second 'keeper Bunn getting a game , Loza was very good and the Murphy boys even better . Glad to see Surman getting a game too , after all the transfer talk . And credit to Crawley who came here and gave us a game , unlucky though . Which brings me to the subject of Luck , and it seems City's Lady Luck is definitely back again . It all bodes very well , lets hope for a cracking result on Saturday . O T B C ! ! !

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    Bring on Foggo

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Signs of the return of Fortress Carrow Road.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Nice to see some youngsters in the starting line up, it can only blood them for the promotion push, these guys will be relied on sometime this season. Well done NA at least your gamble paid off unlike Mr Van Gaal.

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    Bald Canary

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Thought the line-up was a big gamble but sounded like a battling display on Radio Partridge. Another home draw please.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • You don't win anything with kids :)

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Well done everybody - brave team selections and a sound performance, surely Josh Murphy has overtaken all the wide players, including Redmond, in the pecking order now.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Hope we get Man U in the next round... oh sorry, they've lost.

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    bogbog

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Well done NCFC .......... so refreshing to see a talented mix of youth, hunger and experience. NA certainly has a thorough understanding of the entire group at NCFC .......... has any other manager been as brave as Neil in the modern era? Keep in up NA, you're doing a fine job for a fine city - OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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