Josh Murphy is on the rise at Norwich City
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Josh Murphy's first league goal for Norwich City was another landmark day for Neil Adams and the academy staff who have guided the teenager's development.
Murphy coolly slotted the Canaries' third to seal the win, much to the delight the travelling support who hailed the wide player as one of their own at Bloomfield Road following his rapid progress through the club's junior ranks.
'Fans love to see one of the academy boys coming through,' said Adams. 'He's graduated from being an FA Youth Cup winner to being part of the Under-21s and now the full squad, along with international recognition, and he is capable of playing at this level comfortably.
'I was really pleased for him. Everyone knows the philosophy here. We could have sat in and looked to protect what we had but we want to win games. Josh gives us that bit more width and pace than Wes (Hoolahan), who was lively, but alongside Nathan (Redmond) that was going to give us the option to try and stretch Blackpool. He showed what he is about with his pace and willingness to take on defenders and he took his goal really, really well.'
Lewis Grabban was also on the scoresheet with a shot that clipped the luckless Donervon Daniels - the Tangerines' defender's earlier own goal handed City a way back into the contest - to notch his sixth in nine Norwich appearances after arguably spurning visitors' best chance of the opening period.
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'He probably should have scored. It was a similar situation to the one he had at Wolves where we could have gone 1-0 up that day, and I won't keep harping on about that game, but in those situations you put your house on Grabbs scoring,' said Adams. 'With good centre forwards they don't let one miss affect them. He got his shot away again and it had the benefit of a fortunate deflection and that shows you the confidence he has in his own ability. He's in a rich vein of form.'
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