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Pre-season report: Cambridge United 0 Norwich City 2 – Timm Klose and Alex Pritchard go off injured in 120-minute match

PUBLISHED: 16:28 15 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:27 16 July 2017

Josh Murphy of Norwich City shoots and scores the opening goal for Norwich City at Cambridge. Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images

Josh Murphy of Norwich City shoots and scores the opening goal for Norwich City at Cambridge. Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images

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League Two side Cambridge United provided Norwich City with a thorough test in a 120-minute friendly split into two matches, but there were injury worries over Timm Klose and Alex Pritchard for the Canaries.

Mark Roberts of Cambridge United scores but it's ruled offside during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Mark Roberts of Cambridge United scores but it's ruled offside during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Goals from Josh Murphy and Ben Godfrey in the opening quarter were enough to secure the victory for City but the match was used by head coach Daniel Farke to experiment with formations and work on his style – even bringing his tactics board onto the pitch during one break.

Norwich stuck to senior options and surprisingly brought in few youngsters, but handing Angus Gunn his first appearance in a Canaries shirt since joining on loan from Manchester City.

Wes Hoolahan, Marley Watkins and Harrison Reed were among the notable absences, as well as left-back Harry Toffolo and goalkeeper Michael McGovern, with Jacob Murphy having only just started his pre-season after his England Under-21 exertions.

There was a place for new signing Marcel Franke though, following the centre-back signing from Greuther Furth on Friday, making his debut as a replacement for Klose.

Alexander Tettey of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Alexander Tettey of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

That came after Uche Ikpeazu clattered the defender in the closing stages of the first 60-minue match and Pritchard was later taken off on a stretcher after appearing to hurt his ankle in a challenge.

The U’s, who finished 11th in League Two last season, were without head coach Shaun Derry as he recovered from a minor operation but did have Luke Berry despite the striker coming close to signing for Hibs recently having scored 22 goals in all competitions last season.

Berry went close with an early free-kick in the seventh minute, beating the wall but his effort just wide of the right-hand post, and threaded through George Maris three minutes later with the winger firing under Angus Gunn to spark celebrations which were cut short by an offside flag.

With Farke roaring at some of his players for their defensive shape, and Josh Murphy in particular for blasting a long ball out of defence, the visitors sprung into life.

Ache Ikpeazu of Cambridge United during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Ache Ikpeazu of Cambridge United during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Steven Naismith burst forward and was fouled but James Husband kept the ball alive and Murphy hit a snap shot from 25 yards which bounced past keeper Dimitar Mitov for 1-0.

The goal rocked the hosts and it was 2-0 within two minutes when Ben Godfrey flicked in a Mario Vrancic free-kick from the left from close range to settle Farke’s nerves, as his team started passing the ball nicely in the first quarter of the afternoon.

It was a quieter second 30 minutes though, as the Canaries sprayed the ball about to keep possession – literally in the 46th minute when the sprinklers came on unexpectedly.

Murphy went close in the 38th minute, turning two markers after being played in by Godfrey, but fluffing his lines when caught between deciding whether to shoot or cross.

Ache Ikpeazu of Cambridge United and Ben Godfrey of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Ache Ikpeazu of Cambridge United and Ben Godfrey of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

The U’s went close in the 54th minute when Greg Taylor headed a couple of yards wide from a George Maris corner but the half ended on a low note, big striker Ikpeazu clattering Klose on the 54th minute. The Swiss international immediately signalled he was coming off and limped off as Franke made a sooner-than-expected debut.

Five further changes were made for the start of the second 60-minute match, as City emerged in their new black away kit and Cambridge changed their entire outfield team.

Godfrey mas moved into defence, Remi Matthews replaced Gunn in goal, Jamal Lewis was on for James Husband at left wing-back and Pritchard, James Maddison, Alex Tettey and Nelson Oliveira were also introduced.

Murphy, shifted to right wing-back, set up Pritchard early on only for the playmaker to blast well over under pressure and the winger had a crack himself soon after but couldn’t bend his low shot from 20 yards enough to find the bottom-left corner.

Russell Martin of Norwich City gets soaked as the sprinklers come on during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Russell Martin of Norwich City gets soaked as the sprinklers come on during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

The hosts almost pulled a goal back in the 89th minute when Adam McGurk got in behind Murphy and teed up Jabo Ibehre to shoot from 10 yards, only for Matthews to sprawl to his left and make a fine save.

Yanic Wildschut was brought back on as the final quarter began and soon crossed from the right and found Oliveira, who lashed a shot from inside the area that Mark Roberts charged down superbly.

An unnamed trialist lashed a powerful shot against the City crossbar in the 98th minute, before a worrying injury problem that saw Pritchard taken off on a stretcher. That came after two good blocks in the area by Roberts, the second leaving Pritchard writhing in pain on the floor appearing to be holding his ankle.

Oliveira headed over at the near post from a Maddison corner and the U’s had another goal chalked off for offside in the closing stages, Roberts flicking in after Josh Coulson had headed down a corner, only to be left disappointed.

Cameron Jerome of Norwich City and Leon Legge of Cambridge United share a moment during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Cameron Jerome of Norwich City and Leon Legge of Cambridge United share a moment during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Despite offering a fine fitness test ahead of next week’s pre-season camp in Germany, attentions will now turn to the seriousness of those injuries for Klose and Pritchard.

Cambridge first game (4-2-3-1): Mitov; Halliday, Legge, Darling, Taylor; Lewis, Trialist (Squire 46); Elito, Berry, Maris; Ikpeazu.

Norwich first game (3-4-3): Gunn; Martin, Zimmermann, Klose (Franke 58); Wildschut, Vrancic, Godfrey, Husband; Naismith, Jerome, Josh Murphy.

Cambridge second game (4-3-3): Mitov; Davies, Roberts, Coulson, Dunk; Mingoia, Osadebe, Deegan; Trialist, McGurk, Ibehre (Foy 101). Unused subs: Knowles, Norville-Williams.

Josh Murphy of Norwich City shoots during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Josh Murphy of Norwich City shoots during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Norwich second game (3-5-2): Matthews; Franke, Zimmerman, Godfrey; Murphy (Wildschut 91), Naismith (Vrancic 91), Tettey, Maddison, Lewis; Pritchard (Husband 103), Oliveira.

Norwich goals: Murphy 16, Godfrey 18

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 2,663

Norwich City fans during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Norwich City fans during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Norwich City fans during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Norwich City fans during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Norwich City fans during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Norwich City fans during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Nelson Oliveira of Norwich City and Josh Coulson of Cambridge United during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Nelson Oliveira of Norwich City and Josh Coulson of Cambridge United during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Daniel Farke issues his instructions during Norwich City's friendly at Cambridge, as his coaching staff watch on. They are, from left, head of sport science Chris Domogalla, first team coach Christian Flüthmann and assistant head coach Eddie Riemer. Picture: Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Daniel Farke issues his instructions during Norwich City's friendly at Cambridge, as his coaching staff watch on. They are, from left, head of sport science Chris Domogalla, first team coach Christian Flüthmann and assistant head coach Eddie Riemer. Picture: Liam McAvoy/Focus Images

Mario Vrancic of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Mario Vrancic of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Christoph Zimmermann has played every minute of pre-season for Norwich so far. 
Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd Christoph Zimmermann has played every minute of pre-season for Norwich so far. Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd

Goalkeeper Remi Matthews of Norwich City pulls off a save during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Goalkeeper Remi Matthews of Norwich City pulls off a save during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Nelson Oliveira played the second half of the 120-minute friendly at Cambridge. 
Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Nelson Oliveira played the second half of the 120-minute friendly at Cambridge. Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images

James Maddison of Norwich City challenges Goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov of Cambridge United during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 James Maddison of Norwich City challenges Goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov of Cambridge United during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Alex Pritchard of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Alex Pritchard of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Ben Godfrey of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Ben Godfrey of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Goalkeeper Angus Gunn of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Goalkeeper Angus Gunn of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Mario Vrancic of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Mario Vrancic of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Russell Martin of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Russell Martin of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Christoph Zimmermann of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Christoph Zimmermann of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Daniel Farke head coach of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Daniel Farke head coach of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Ben Godfrey of Norwich City celebrates his goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Ben Godfrey of Norwich City celebrates his goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Josh Murphy of Norwich City celebrates his goal with Mario Vrancic of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Josh Murphy of Norwich City celebrates his goal with Mario Vrancic of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Goalkeeper Angus Gunn of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Goalkeeper Angus Gunn of Norwich City during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

Daniel Farke head coach of Norwich City arrives during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge
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15/07/2017 Daniel Farke head coach of Norwich City arrives during the Pre-season Friendly match at the Cambs Glass Stadium , Cambridge Picture by Liam McAvoy/Focus Images Ltd 07413 543156 15/07/2017

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