Josh Murphy on target in Norwich City’s 4-2 Premier League Cup win at Fulham
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Norwich City's development squad surged into the last 16 of the Premier League Cup on Monday night with a 4-2 win at Fulham's Under-21s in a tie played at the Cottagers' Motspur Park training base.
Josh Murphy was on target from the penalty spot following his second half cameo in the Canaries' 2-1 Championship defeat against Reading after Scottish under-21 international Cameron King had put City in front. Carlton Morris wrapped up the win with a second half brace, fresh from featuring for loan club York City in League Two at Plymouth on Saturday.
The Canaries opted not to include central defender Ryan Bennett after his return to training recently following ankle surgery with Bennett poised to step up his fitness bid at Colney this week to try and force his way into Neil Adams' plans for the league trip to Wigan.
Conor McGrandles and Cameron McGeehan were on duty for the visitors with Ray Grant replacing King for the second half against the side coached by his dad and former Norwich City boss Peter Grant.
City lost to Arsenal's youngsters at the same stage last season, but got off to the perfect start when King slotted from close range from Murphy's initial burst.
Fulham keeper Marek Rodak denied Morris with City on the front foot although England youth international Patrick Roberts was a constant threat. Aston Oxborough then denied Chris David with a superb stop to claw out his free kick and City cashed in when Murphy capitalised on a rash challenge from Ange-Freddy Plumain to send Rodak the wrong way from the spot.
Adel Gafaiti's crucial intervention prevented Fulham from earning a lifeline prior to the interval before Murphy's long range strike clipped the bar and Morris was crowded out in stoppage time.
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Fulham reduced the arrears on the hour mark when Roberts was felled and Cauley Woodrow slotted a cool penalty.
But City held their nerve to restore the two-goal lead when Morris robbed Noe Baba to draw Rodak and roll past the Cottagers keeper before the powerful frontman put Norwich in control with a clinical header.
Fulham grabbed a late consolation when Oxborough misjudged David's deep cross just seconds after parrying his well-struck shot.
• Fullham: Rodak; Baba, Buatu, Burgess, Evans; Roberts, Sambou (Richards 77), David, Plumain; Eisfeld; Woodrow. Subs (not used): Rodak; Baba, Buatu, Burgess, Evans; Roberts, Sambou (Richards 77'), David, Plumain; Eisfeld; Woodrow.
• Norwich City: Oxborough, Hall-Johnson, Efete, Gafaiti, Kelly, McGeehan, Norman, McGrandles, Josh Murphy (Byrne-Hewitt 80), King (Grant 45), Morris (Eaton-Collins 83). Subs not used: Beauchamp, Burgess.
• Attendance: 123