Watch the goals and read the report from Norwich’s 5-1 win over OGC Nice

Lewis Grabban was on the mark in his first Carrow Road outing in a Norwich City shirt in the romp over OGC Nice. Picture: Matthew Usher. Lewis Grabban was on the mark in his first Carrow Road outing in a Norwich City shirt in the romp over OGC Nice. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Monday, July 28, 2014
11:46 PM

Norwich City had too much attacking power for OGC Nice in another goal-laden pre-season affair for the Canaries in Monday’s Carrow Road homecoming.

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Neil Adams’ side looked capable of scoring at will in the opening period before easing off the throttle in the second period. Nathan Redmond and Lewis Grabban notched inside the opening ten minutes before Dario Cvitanich reduced the arrears from the penalty spot. Bradley Johnson’s thumping free kick was more reflective of the hosts’ dominance before Andrew Surman moved Adams’ men out of sight prior to the interval and Elliott Bennett put the gloss on another encouraging close season affair.

Gary Hooper missed out as a precaution with City nursing knocks to strikers Kyle Lafferty and Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Alex Tettey and Martin Olsson were also notable absentees with Adams drafting in the likes of Carlton Morris, Reece Hall-Johnson and Kyle McFadden to a youthful substitutes’ bench.

Grabban made his first start at Carrow Road for his new club with Redmond pushed up top and Wes Hoolahan at the tip of a midfield diamond anchored by Johnson.

Redmond turned on the after burners in the first minute but Mouez Hassen claimed a regulation catch at his near post.

The 20-year-old looked firmly in the mood and opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a quality slot, instantly controlling Johnson’s pass on his chest and guiding an angled finish beyond Hassen.

Grabban’s movement and mobility across the frontline was a notable feature of the opening period and it was little surprise he opened his goal account in the ninth minute when he anticipated Surman’s swept pass to slot from close range.

Paulin Puel hacked well over John Ruddy’s bar in the 17th minute in a rare moment of respite for the French visitors who were simply unable to check City’s fluidity through midfield.

Cvitanich collected a fortuitous ricochet against Surman but Steven Whittaker was around on the cover to sense the danger.

Paulin Puel then unleashed a right foot strike from the edge of the Norwich area that brushed Whittaker and drifted behind but Johnson needed to be alert to clear from underneath his own bar after Ruddy spilled the set piece.

Nice were handed a way back into the friendly, literally, when Russell Martin was adjudged to have handled inside the area and Cvitanich coolly rifled past Ruddy.

Hoolahan tried to restore some order with a penetrative burst that ended with a crude lunge from Nice captain Gautier Lloris before Johnson punished the visitors with a thumping 25-yard free kick that clipped a French defender and nestled in the bottom right-hand corner of Hassen’s goal.

Surman was the latest to have his route to goal blocked in the immediate aftermath, but Hoolahan failed to match the precision of his team mate five yards nearer the Nice goal.

City looked capable of slicing through a porous French rearguard at will with Grabban pivoting to release Redmond who cut in on his right but unleashed a rising strike into the Lower Barclay.

Surman crafted an inviting ball down the channel for his ex-Cherries’ team mate but the cut-back for Hoolahan allowed Niklas Hult to intercept.

Elliott Bennett tried to gatecrash the attacking party four minutes from the interval with a cute inside pass that just evaded Grabban who looked set to test Hassen.

Norwich’s dominance was underlined when they added a fourth before the break – Redmond cutting loose to embarrass Romain Genevois with a turn of foot down the left before a near post roll diverted by Surman past Hassen.

Elliott Bennett tried his luck from a free kick on the restart but Hassen parried over the top although the early sparring carried none of the ferocity of City’s first half onslaught.

Grabban made way for Jamar Loza to appreciative applause from the home fans before Elliott Bennett powered through to notch a fifth just past the hour mark with an unerringly accurate low finish. Hoolahan exited for Anthony Pilkington as Adams’ continued to shuffle his options.

Ruddy gathered a tame effort from Cvitanich before Martin’s errant pass created a chance for the same man but his low right-foot dig thudded against the foot of the England international’s right-hand post.

Ruddy’s involvement scaled new heights in the 74th minute when he had to kick away Hult’s low angled shot. Pilkington looked to up the ante again with an inviting whipped cross Loza was unable to control.

McFaddden was the latest City academy prospect to make his senior bow for Whittaker in the closing stages with Morris also on for Johnson and the Republic of Ireland youth international’s arrival triggering a positional change for Martin before Hall-Johnson and Jacob Murphy completed the full set of young guns to enter the fray from the club’s FA Youth Cup success under Adams in 2013.

Javier Garrido bailed out Ruddy again in the final seconds when the home keeper spilled another corner.

• Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker (McFadden 79), Martin, Turner (R Bennett 68), Garrido, Johnson (Morris 72), E Bennett (Hall-Johnson 84), Surman (Jacob Murphy 87), Hoolahan (Pilkington 61), Redmond (Josh Murphy 64), Grabban (Loza 56). Sub (not used): Rudd.

• Goals: Redmond (5), Grabban (9), Johnson (30), Surman (44), E Bennettt (61)

OGC Nice (starting line up): Hassen, Lloris, Cvitanich, Hult, G Puel, Amavi, P Puel, Mendy, Bodmer, Genevois, Koziello.

• Goal: Cvitanich (25)

• Referee: Darren Deadman

• Attendance: 7,327

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48 comments

  • Yet again - blocked.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • From Swiss` description I also remember Mr. Fussy. A `Colonel Blimp\Captain Mainwaring` kind of fellow?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • I remember "Mr Fussy" Steely, he was my father's favourite ref. He was strict, usually correct and would not be intimidated. I remember him as being a balding and rather rotund man who used to blow his whistle and run quickly and with a rather comical stride to get to the scene of the crime and give everybody a lecture. His runs were always greeted by cheers of encouragement from the stands.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Not allowed to comment...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Ingo - in the late '60's there was a fairly well known ref by the name of Fussy. I think his full name was Maurice Fussy.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • You never know Igno, one of my uncles was a milkman.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Btw Swiss there was once a referee in Buckinghamshire by the name of Andy Booker. He certainly lived up to his name.

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • So, you're HOBS as well as SLOBS are you Cutty? The smallness of the world continues to astound. Will there be a third spooky coincidence one wonders? Distant cousins perchance!

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • This is getting spooky Brew, Sloughbottom, and now the Hewett? My old school!

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Well taken goals but the goalie should've gone to Specsavers. Shame our best player from last season isn't featuring (Olsson). Will be a big loss if he goes.

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    Johny

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Daren Deadman is an interesting name for a referee, especially if officiating when Joey Barton was playing. At least you could be confident that he would not post his comments to the papers or social media after the game as I understand that a Deadman tells no tales.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Thank you gentlemen for the insight. I feel strongly that since Archie seems to refuse the use of paragraphs, it is not unreasonable to permit the use of any number of dots in order to emphasise...... Gibbo, had I been aware of Mr. Brewer's educational pedigree I should never have issued such a redundant warning!

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • …..I don't know whether you had noticed but I always start and finish my comments with 5 dots!.. It all began when I was using my tablet, a Hudl, in bed and eating crisps at the same time...I had a bout of coughing and this resulted me hitting the dot repeatedly...I liked what I saw so used that as my 'trade mark'...I am still trying to perfect the amount of dots I use within the comment but with the help of more scholarly persons I will surely 'get it right in the end'!....If only I knew something about Football!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Igno, Mr. Brewer is a Hewett Old Boy and does not know fear, 3 dots or more hold no worry to us. Went to the game last night and came away quite impressed, I think the first half was the period that showed the potential for the future, we moved around, everyone wanted the ball and looked for a Norwich player to pass to. There wasn't too much dwelling on the ball and it was moved around quickly, the counter attacking was really fast and should cause teams a lot of problems. OK it was just a friendly but nobody wants to be hammered and Nice didn't just roll over, their goalie did make a few good saves. This obviously wasn't the first choice team so the prospect of getting Fer? Tettey, Howson, Ollson, Hooper , RVW and Lafferty back is mouth watering.

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    Gibbo

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Take care Mr. Brewer, more than three dots! If Archie doesn't get you LYB most certainly will.

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Igno - reply blocked. Now that`s s!nister. It`s not right....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Oh have QPR released O'Neil. Didnt realise!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Can't comment on whether any Wolves scouts were in Carrow Road last night, but 110% Mick McCarthy certainly was. Agree with TK in terms of worries about defence. For me if I had to choose 2 centre backs from our current squad it be Turner and Bennett. Russell Martin always had and always will do a decent job covering centre back but for me just isnt a long term option. Each to their own though and people far more qualified than me (like Gordon Strachan) have said they see him more as a Centre Back so what do i know ;) Sounds like Gary O'Neil is set to join us after he was spotted in the directors box last night. Decent central midfielder whose spent most his career at the top level and can cover a lot of places in the side. Likely past his best but I wouldnt be against him joining. Just hope he isnt part of a deal taking Fer to QPR.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • How disappointing, I had hoped your feistiness was having a dig the point of which I had missed. Hey-Ho, no doubt there will be other occasions upon which such will be the case. Btw, what can we read into the presence of the QPR releasee attending the match last evening?

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Not that complex, Igno. "terid" is just a tired attempt I tried to misspell... tired. Not sinister, he insisted, dexterously.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • OK, so Ruddy had an off night in a 5 - 1 romp, but he's still an international class keeper who (up until now) has shown commendable loyalty to the club. Sure it's just a blip.....PS. Mr. Brewer, is"terid" a cross between terrible and horrid or were you attempting to slip something far more sinister past the censor?

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Lets not get carried away over our keepers performance, he had very little to do but kept his concentration well. One minor slip does not make a bad performance. Surman and Hoolahan looked excellent and most players put in a decent shift. Lets hope we get a stiffer test on Friday, score lines at these game count for little. I was however good to see some of our youngsters given a run out last night.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Mardler -whole-heartedly agree about Surman. A team player indeed. With Fox and Wes being peripheralised (excluded) last season, we were lacking in midfield cohesion. Really, there was little point in having any ambitions of `cohesion` while Robert ruled the roost. Football is a team game. I think Neil is building a team now. "Greater than the sum of the parts...", Lambo-style would be good!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Went to the game last night expecting to see a competitive match but we failed to get one. The Nice keeper looked woeful and most of their players seemed uninterested. I wonder how many were first team players, given the high numbers on many shirts. The one element that worries me is playing Martin at centre back, too often the gap between him and Turner was far too big and had the opposition played a decent striker or attacking midfielder, there was acres of space to be exploited. If Wolves had a scout at this game ten that will surely have been noted. RM spends too much time in the right back position and one of his blunders is mentioned briefly in the report above, in a competitive game that crazy cross penalty area ball would have resulted in a goal against.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Michigan, I think Paddy`s just softening us up for the departure of Ruddy. A couple of alleged `stinkers` and the furoré about his departure will be stifled... A couple of real stinkers and nobody will want him anyway. It`s a lose-lose situation. Anyway "spill" is the latest "in" word. He`s terid of "fiesty" already.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Couldn't get to Carrow Rd last night but judging by the highlights we looked good. Neil has actually got us passing the ball forwards. I used to get confused under CH as to which goal we were playing towards. There were always so many back and side to side passes. Great to see 5 different goal scorers too. Things are definitely looking up.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Some of the passing and movement looked superb. Nice looked a bit off it from the albeit very short highlights. Anyone there able to give a better assessment?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • A story of two goalkeepers. Did Nice have one? And Ruddy, what on earth are you thinking wearing blue shorts?

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Is it a new tactic to put Velcro on the opposition goal keepers boots, because that one didn't move much.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I would have thought that avoiding the England's world Cup debacle would have been a plus, in addition to avoiding smoking cigars in a hot-tub and being French-kissed by Joe Hart.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • .......... oh 1p5wich town, we're coming for you ..........

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Nice warm up, all bearing well for Wolves, Ruddy's head seem to be playing away, wonder how WC snub is effecting him, but great display OTBC

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    OLDYELLA

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Though their keeper seemed to play in the Michael Theoklitus style, it was good to see the goals going in as at the very least it means decent shots on goal, a statistic that was sorely missed last season. I am encouraged that this team now seems to be working together and it is great to see Surs coming into form. OTBC, let's get back where we belong.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • As observed previously the outlook this season, from my perspective, changed radically with the return to the fold of the quietly supremely effective TEAM PLAYER - Andrew Surman. It was doltish thinking that allowed him to go to Bournemouth - where of course he did very well. How the team screamed out for a really effective total team player last season. Additionally I do believe our Manager is working on plans A,B,C,& D on the pitch not plan A and piecemeal adjustments if things went wrong AS UNDER CH! (if they don't know already ) that Canaries are the best songsters of all

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    mardler

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • OGC Nice have just sold their first choice goalkeeper to Ar$enal for reported £3.5m (cheaper option than John Ruddy it seems) and it looks like they should invest that money in a new one very quickly. They lost 3-2 to Brentford a few days ago and later this week they entertain Barcelona in Nice. The score then should be very interesting!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • My thoughts exactly CW. No disrespect to our amateur leagues but there must be dozens of better keepers out there. Obviously failed geometry too because he knows nothing about angles!!!!!

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    rament

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Crikey, was their goalkeeper injured or something? He did not even dive to try and stop ANY of the goals!!!

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • A pleasure to watch and great to see Surman back.He brings creativity and his partnership with Houlihan can cause oppositions a lot of damage.The opposition didn't turn up for the first 10 minutes but after that were a fair test.Encouraging.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Paddy seems determined to make Ruddy look "off form" with his many "spill" statements and his foot save. Was JR not playing well?

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Like it, but before I get too excited, can someone confirm that this was actually OGC Nice we were playing?

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Excellent result, it seems. Checking last years Ligue Table, although they finished just above the relegation zone, they only conceded 44 goals in 38 matches and had been as high as 5th earlier in the season. Course depends on what strength team they put out tho.

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    zebbee

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I think it would be fair to say that both of the last two teams would have been a very reasonable preparation for a season in the Premier League, let alone the Championship.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Nice are a lower level Ligue 1 team and SC Bastia are a mid-table Ligue 1 team. Ligue 1 in general is considered to be of similar quality to the Bundesliga, if generally a bit more defensive. Some argue that both of these outstrip the Premier League these days, although I'm not sure I'd go that far.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Ruddy still wearing those slippery gloves then. About time someone bought him some new ones with glue on them. What standard of team are Nice does anyone know? If they are a reasonable team then City are doing very well and sounds like they will be exciting to watch.

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    goldie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Got my ! mixed up with ? Sorry about that it's the excitement!\?

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    cutty

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Only 5, what's going on! We're doomed.

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    cutty

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Phew. lashings of...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Full time very encouraging.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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