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Srbeny battles hard but has little chance to shine during tough Canaries debut at Wolves

Dennis Srbeny celebrates with his City team-mates after Christoph Zimmermann's goal at Molineux. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Dennis Srbeny celebrates with his City team-mates after Christoph Zimmermann's goal at Molineux. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Our latest Norwich City player watch kept a close eye on German striker Dennis Srbeny as he made his full debut during last night’s 2-2 draw away to league leaders Wolves. Here’s how his evening unfolded...

1 – Closes down John Ruddy very early and forces a wayward kick, which City can’t capitalise on.

9 – Holds up a couple of throws on the left from Jamal Lewis and flicks forward but Marley Watkins can’t claim.

11 – Nods on a Moritz Leitner pass towards Harrison Reed and then claims loose ball ahead of Ruben Neves to win a throw on the right.

18 – Battles with the imposing Alfred N’Diaye on the edge of the Wolves box but is out-muscled.

35 – Heads on a Timm Klose clearance but Conor Coady beats Watkins to the ball.

40 – Out-muscles N’Diaye to just about win an Angus Gunn goal-kick, James Maddison keeps alive but the German accidentally gets in his team-mate’s way, only for N’Diaye to bail him out by fouling Maddison.

45+2 – Controls Lewis’s pass on halfway and nearly gets Leitner clear on the left but pass just catches Ryan Bennett’s heels

48 – Hot on the heels of Coady after Ruddy’s hurried pass but the defender gets the ball back to his keeper to clear.

52 – Picked out by Leitner, turns towards goal but 
brought down by N’Diaye centrally as he tries to put Watkins through. Free-kick is wasted by Leitner and Mario Vrancic.

58 – Vrancic tries to lift a ball over the top but Srbeny is crowded out by Coady and Bennett.

65 – Maddison with a fine ball left to Lewis, Srbeny controls low cross on the edge of the box, tees up Watkins to shoot but deflection takes the power out of his effort.

68 – Replaced by Nelson Oliveira, as Leitner is about to take a corner.

Verdict: The 23-year-old January signing from Paderborn had only made two appearances as a late substitute and was given a difficult task of battling against the league leaders’ big back three on his full debut. Had very little chance to get control of the ball, with his back largely to goal, but looked a touch rusty.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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