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Lowestoft Town 1 Norwich City 5 – Canaries bounce back from early slip to cruise past Blues in Micky Chapman’s testimonial

PUBLISHED: 16:51 08 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 09 July 2017

Marley Watkins of Norwich scores his side's third goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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Marley Watkins of Norwich scores his side's third goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft . Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Pre-season momentum continued to build for Norwich City with a second victory inside three days for new head coach Daniel Farke’s developing team.

Carlton Morris of Norwich and Travis Cole of Lowestoft Town in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Carlton Morris of Norwich and Travis Cole of Lowestoft Town in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

The hosts had taken the lead through defender Travis Cole but goals from Cameron Jerome, Steven Naismith and Marley Watkins had fired the visitors 3-1 in front by the break at the newly named Amber Dew Events Stadium.

Further goals from substitutes Mario Vrancic and Nelson Oliveira added some gloss for the Championship side in the sunshine, as another friendly continued the fitness work in warm temperatures for the Canaries.

The match was a second attempt at a testimonial for Trawlerboys legend Micky Chapman – who served the club for 33 years as a player and manager before leaving Ady Gallagher in sole charge in 2015, having been involved in over 1,600 matches – after last season’s effort was washed out by a summer downpour.

Gallagher is getting his squad ready for another season at step three of non-league, the Bostik League Premier Division, after missing out on promotion last season and were well up for the game.

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke give instructions to Yanic Wildschut and Marley Watkins at Lowestoft. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich head coach Daniel Farke give instructions to Yanic Wildschut and Marley Watkins at Lowestoft. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Jerome was denied one-on-one by home keeper Ben Dudzinski in just the third minute and Steven Naismith fired wide five minutes later in a fairly sedate start.

Canaries academy product Harvey Hodd fired a shot straight at Michael McGovern from the edge of the box soon after before Dudzinski made another good save, denying Josh Murphy from close range.

Marley Watkins curled a 15-yard shot against the post after being teed up by Jerome and Murphy fired across the face of goal as City moved through the gears – but it was the Trawlerboys who took the lead.

Christoph Zimmermann was penalised for a clumsy aerial challenge on Shaun Bammant, one of the few players on the pitch tall enough to battle with him, and the resulting free-kick was swung in by Ollie Humphrey. Rory McAuley headed down and McGovern thwarted striker Jake Reed initially, only for former Ipswich Town academy product Cole to poke home from close range.

A good sized crowd enjoying the match and the sunshine during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 A good sized crowd enjoying the match and the sunshine during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

The lead lasted just four minutes though, young left-back Jamal Lewis firing a shot which McAuley could only block with his hand. Jerome stepped up and fired the spot-kick into the bottom-left corner for 1-1 and his first goal of pre-season.

Another fine save from Dudzinski denied Watkins from close range in the 30th minute and a good block from McAuley denied a shot from Maddison as the visitors rallied.

More lively play from Lewis and Murphy on the left saw Maddison blast across goal and wide of the right post as his search for a goal continued but the Canaries claimed the lead in the 38th minute.

Watkins was in the thick of the action again, slipping Naismith in behind the Lowestoft defence and the Scot calmly firing under the onrushing keeper from the edge of the six-yard box.

A good sized crowd enjoying the match and the sunshine during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 A good sized crowd enjoying the match and the sunshine during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

There was time for another before the break as well, with Watkins getting on the scoresheet, beating Dudzinski to a lovely ball through from Murphy and rolling into an unguarded net for 3-1.

Norwich head coach Farke made six changes at half-time of his first game on East Anglian soil, replacing McGovern in goal with Remi Matthews and Lewis at left-back with Harry Toffolo. In the forward areas it was Jerome, Naismith, Maddison and Murphy to make way for Nelson Oliveira, Mario Vrancic, Alex Pritchard and Carlton Morris.

Those substitutes soon had an impact, Morris heading over from a Vrancic corner and Oliveira then making it 4-1 in the 58th minute, with a straight-forward finish from 10 yards after a low cross from the right from Morris.

The Portuguese striker has been strongly linked with Reading in recent days but it is understood those reports are wide of the mark and City are not interested in selling the striker, with Farke refusing to comment on the situation after the game.

Alex Pritchard of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Alex Pritchard of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Morris then started another move which brought a goal, holding up to allow Toffolo to roll to Vrancic from the left and the Bosnia & Herzegovina international slotting an arrowed shot into the top-right corner from around 15 yards for 5-1.

There were a couple of late injury scares, with Lowestoft youngster Callum Bishop booked for a clumsy studs-up tackle which left Southampton loanee Harrison Reed in a heap on the floor but appearing to escape without serious damage.

Zimmermann had rushed in to stop tempers boiling over in the aftermath of that incident but there was one further flashpoint, Blues defender Cole being left needing treatment after an aerial clash when defending a late corner. The centre-back was stretchered off the pitch around 15 minutes after the game had finished and taken to hospital to be checked over.

Norwich continue their pre-season preparation away at League Two side Stevenage on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) and Lowestoft face local rivals Kirkley & Pakefield at home next Saturday (3pm).

Mario Vrancic slots hom Norwich City's fifth goal during their pre-season friendly at Crown Meadow. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Mario Vrancic slots hom Norwich City's fifth goal during their pre-season friendly at Crown Meadow. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Lowestoft: Dudzinski (Putnins 74); Barker, McAuley (Westlake 60), Cole, Humphrey; White (Nyadzayo 68), Zielonka (Bishop 85), Hodd (Haizel 63), Bammant; Greenleaf; Reed (Tarft 82)

Goal: Cole 21

Norwich first half: McGovern; Wildschut, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Lewis; Reed; Watkins, Naismith, Maddison, Josh Murphy; Jerome.

Norwich second half: Matthews; Wildschut, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Toffolo; Reed; Watkins, Pritchard, Vrancic, Morris; Oliveira.

Yanic Wildschut of Norwich and Ollie Humphrey of Lowestoft Town in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Yanic Wildschut of Norwich and Ollie Humphrey of Lowestoft Town in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Goals: Jerome pen 25, Naismith 38, Watkins 44, Oliveira 58, Vrancic 62

Referee: Andy Sannerude

Attendance: 2,500 (approximately)

Alex Pritchard of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Alex Pritchard of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Yanic Wildschut of Norwich crosses the ball during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Yanic Wildschut of Norwich crosses the ball during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Nelson Oliveira came off the bench to put City 4-1 up at Lowestoft - and calm talk of a reported move to Reading. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Nelson Oliveira came off the bench to put City 4-1 up at Lowestoft - and calm talk of a reported move to Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Christoph Zimmermann played his second 90 minutes in less than three days at Lowestoft. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Christoph Zimmermann played his second 90 minutes in less than three days at Lowestoft. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Jamal Lewis looked lively for Norwich against Lowestoft. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Jamal Lewis looked lively for Norwich against Lowestoft. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Departing Lowestoft Manager waves to the home fans for the last time before during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Departing Lowestoft Manager waves to the home fans for the last time before during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

James Maddison impressed for Norwich at Lowestoft. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd James Maddison impressed for Norwich at Lowestoft. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Marley Watkins of Norwich scores his sides 3rd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Marley Watkins of Norwich scores his sides 3rd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Marley Watkins of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 3rd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Marley Watkins of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 3rd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Steven Naismith of Norwich and Callum White of Lowestoft Town in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Steven Naismith of Norwich and Callum White of Lowestoft Town in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Marley Watkins of Norwich scores his sides 3rd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Marley Watkins of Norwich scores his sides 3rd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Steven Naismith of Norwich and Callum White of Lowestoft Town in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Steven Naismith of Norwich and Callum White of Lowestoft Town in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Steven Naismith of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Steven Naismith of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Steven Naismith of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Steven Naismith of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Steven Naismith of Norwich scores his sides 2nd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Steven Naismith of Norwich scores his sides 2nd goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

The Norwich players look dejected after conceding against Lowestoft. From left, Michael McGovern, Cameron Jerome, Jamal Lewis, Ben Godfrey. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd The Norwich players look dejected after conceding against Lowestoft. From left, Michael McGovern, Cameron Jerome, Jamal Lewis, Ben Godfrey. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Cameron Jerome of Norwich scores his sides equalising goal from the penalty spot during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Cameron Jerome of Norwich scores his sides equalising goal from the penalty spot during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Lowestoft defender Travis Cole's match against Norwich City started well with a goal but ended needing hospital treatment following a late aerial collision. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Lowestoft defender Travis Cole's match against Norwich City started well with a goal but ended needing hospital treatment following a late aerial collision. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Travis Cole of Lowestoft Town celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Travis Cole of Lowestoft Town celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Travis Cole of Lowestoft Town scores his sides 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Travis Cole of Lowestoft Town scores his sides 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Harry Barker of Lowestoft Town clears the ball ahead of Steven Naismith of Norwich during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Harry Barker of Lowestoft Town clears the ball ahead of Steven Naismith of Norwich during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Harry Barker of Lowestoft Town clears the ball ahead of Steven Naismith of Norwich during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Harry Barker of Lowestoft Town clears the ball ahead of Steven Naismith of Norwich during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Head coach Daniel Farke had plenty to think about as his team eased to a friendly win at Lowestoft Town on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES Head coach Daniel Farke had plenty to think about as his team eased to a friendly win at Lowestoft Town on Saturday. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES

Cameron Jerome of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Cameron Jerome of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Jacek Zielonka of Lowestoft Town and James Maddison of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Jacek Zielonka of Lowestoft Town and James Maddison of Norwich in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

Harrison Reed made his pre-season debut for Norwich City at Lowestoft.  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Harrison Reed made his pre-season debut for Norwich City at Lowestoft. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich Manager Daniel Farke receives a plaque in recognition of Norwich taking part in the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Norwich Manager Daniel Farke receives a plaque in recognition of Norwich taking part in the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

The players form a guard of honour for Lowestoft legend Micky Chapman before the pre-season friendly match at the Amber Dew Events Stadium. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images The players form a guard of honour for Lowestoft legend Micky Chapman before the pre-season friendly match at the Amber Dew Events Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich Manager Daniel Farke meets the fans and signs autographs before the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich Manager Daniel Farke meets the fans and signs autographs before the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich Manager Daniel Farke meets the fans and signs autographs before the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 Norwich Manager Daniel Farke meets the fans and signs autographs before the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

General view's before the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 General view's before the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

General view's before the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft
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08/07/2017 General view's before the Pre-season Friendly match at Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/07/2017

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