Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy fires Coventry City joint top of League One

10:32 16 November 2015

Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy is on loan at Coventry City. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy is on loan at Coventry City. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

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Norwich City’s on-loan youngster Jacob Murphy grabbed his chance in a central role at the weekend with a match-winning brace for Coventry City to move them joint top of League One in a 3-1 away win at his former loan club Colchester.

Murphy was deployed in a deeper-lying strike role behind Marc Antoine-Fortune at the Weston Homes Community stadium in the absence of Newcastle’s prolific loan signing Adam Armstrong, who was on England duty.

“I enjoyed playing more centrally and nice to get a couple of goals. I said when I scored my first for a while that they would come flooding in and you tend to get more chances in that more central role,” he said. “I was just gutted I couldn’t get a hat-trick but it was nice to play a different role.

“It was great to return here, I have good memories from my time here and good for me that I came back and helped get the win for Coventry. I just wanted to do well for Coventry. I didn’t need to prove anything to anyone and it was important to do well on a day when we were without Arma and Ryan (Kent), important we dug deep and got a result.”

Sky Blues’ chief Tony Mowbray was delighted Murphy softened the blow of losing League One’s 12-goal top scorer Armstrong.

“He stepped up to the plate,” he said. “Without Armstrong we were wondering where the goals might come from but Jacob showed that he can play in that position as well as on the wing.

“I wanted to use his speed and mobility down the middle against their centre-halves because he’s a good footballer. Like most wingers he can be inconsistent – we’ve seen that at the Ricoh when he’s not got a kick in the first half and then ripped it up in the second – but he really came to the fore.

“It was a great recovery and we deserved the points – a good team performance in front of a great travelling support so we’ve hopefully sent them back up the road relatively pleased.”

Meanwhile, Murphy’s fellow Norwich City academy product Remi Matthews has earned backing from an unlikely source in his loan spell at Burton - rival Brewers’ keeper Jon McLaughlin.

The Gorleston-bred Matthews has made six appearances for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s League One promotion chasers this season, but made his first senior appearance since September in the recent 3-0 FA Cup defeat against Peterborough. McLaughlin, however, felt Matthews underlined his class despite Burton’s exit.

“Remi did really well and that will hurt him a lot because there’s nothing worse than when you feel like you’ve done well and made some good saves that have kept the team in the game – but the result has not gone your way,” he told the Burton Mail. “That will be frustrating for him, I’m sure. But credit to him, he’s had a long time since his last game and again he has come in and done a really good job for the team.

“He is pushing very hard.

“That’s the whole point of him being here, he’s doing his job and that’s exactly what he’s got to do, to make sure any time an opportunity comes his way, as it did against Rochdale, he had to come on and be ready, and he was able to do that.

“Again against Peterborough, he came in after a while out and has played well. So it’s great to have someone like him in the club, making sure that I’ve got to do everything I can and really be performing well to stay in the side.”


  • years ago we had the combination league which covered all reserves sides. why there is not one for the premier league is for the FA to ponder. we now have professional players on high wages and out of favour just traing and no competative football for regards the city youth acadamy it produces nothing at great expenses so shut it down and put money to quality playerscity said they wanted to establish themselves in the PL this is the 3rd attempt and we are still trying to survive . it will be a miracle if the city can survive in the city of nowich is not attractive enough to attract qaulity players of internatnel qaulity

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    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

  • Totally agree with most on this reserve league debate.Without even boring myself on this subject as I've ranted many times before on this .Your telling me that with all the money so called coming from the premiere league there's no money to set one up?.the younger players like Jacob ect would learn their trade actually playing with premier league players weather coming back from injury or players at the end of their premier career.You imagine the reserve sides from the likes of Man U. Man c Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool ect ect.They would learn a lot more than playing for,Coventry,Swindon,no disrespect. What the problem is,is that sky and the like only want world so called stars in the prem for viewing figures,not caring what damage it is doing to the standard of our national football so easy to buy from abroad instead of bringing our young players thru. I don't care what anyone says,since the prem league came about we've not had one decent England team and we never will if we carry on like this,the Spain game the other night highlighted yet again the problems. Back in the sixties,seventies,eighties our first div sides ruled Europe year after year and our England teams weren't to bad either,hardly a foreigner in site,we played the English way and it worked. Bring back the reserve sides and for gods sake let's bring the youngsters thru,and when these youngsters sighn for Norwich keep them at Norwich and stop shipping them off elsewhere,if their not good enough,sell em!

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    Monday, November 16, 2015

  • We should let reserve teams play in the 'football pyramid', and allow them to be promoted to within 2 divisions of the first team. So City reserve's could play in league 1.

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    Monday, November 16, 2015

  • If we lose Hooper, Lafferty and Grabban in January then even if we manage to sign a quality striker we will still be light so maybe Josh or Jacob Murphy and Loza will be needed in the squad?

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    malaga flier

    Monday, November 16, 2015

  • TK - I think it is the FA who are to 'blame' (if blame is to be laid) as they have instigated the u21 league, and there is no longer a reserve league set up. It is a pity that these lads can not play in that u21 league whilst being on loan playing senior football, but I guess it is felt that they will develop more playing against adults than other youngsters, hence going out on loan.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, November 16, 2015

  • @TrevorKeith I agree totally with you. Gone now are the days when experienced players would wind down their careers, injured players make recoveries and as you rightly say young players would learn their craft, at home as opposed to loan . . . I suppose the 25 player match squad was big killer along with the naming of 6 substitutes- gone are the days of 1 sub then 2 subs, then 2 subs + a named goal keeper . . . and would the reserves actually play o just treat it as a training session?

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    Monday, November 16, 2015

  • He'd very likely be better than Grabban at the central running around role now...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, November 16, 2015

  • Such a shame that we no longer play reserve team football whereby such talented youngsters could progress the Norwich way and into the first team. It baffles me as to why few clubs want to run a reserve side these days, surely it would benefit the club as a whole and give more youngsters a chance to impress their local fans.

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