Josh Murphy set for chance to shine in Capital One Cup once again
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Rising star Josh Murphy is set to be given another chance to shine for Norwich City tonight.
The Canaries travel to Shrewsbury Town in the third round of the Capital One Cup thanks, in large part, to a brace from the young winger in the previous round.
The 19-year-old scored two impressive goals, one of which he was set up for by his twin brother Jacob, to help City beat Crawley Town 3-1 at Carrow Road last month.
However with Neil Adams' side in top form in the league, Murphy has had to be patient.
The England Under-20 international made just one substitute appearance in City's subsequent three games, before playing a key part in salvaging a point against Birmingham on Saturday.
Murphy replaced an off-colour Wes Hoolahan at half-time against the Blues, with the Canaries losing 2-0, and his energy helped drive the Canaries forward to rescue a 2-2 draw.
That performance has perfectly teed up the FA Youth Cup winner for another start tonight.
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'I thought he did really well on Saturday, I thought he gave us that pace, the width, the getting the ball and running in behind players,' City manager Adams said.
'Sometimes his end product wasn't quite there on Saturday but he scored two fantastic goals in the last round and looked sharp and bright, until the last five minutes when I think that nervous energy got to him, but he gave us something and helped turn the game around for us on Saturday.'
Adams knows Murphy better than most, having seen him progress through the club's academy system before bursting into the first team last season.
That was also in the Capital One Cup, when he came off the bench to score a spectacular debut goal and inspire City from 2-0 down at Watford to eventually win 3-2 in extra-time.
Adams continued: 'I think he's been excellent, his progress has been very good. I've obviously known him really well and seen him do particularly well with the under-16s, the under-18s and now the under-21s and the first team now.
'He's making a bit of a name for himself now, people are aware of him now, which will bring problems that he'll have to deal with. He's not an unknown quantity any more but certainly he has got bags of ability and he can hurt teams.'
The Canaries chief also acknowledges that Murphy still has plenty to learn, in retaining possession of the ball and in his defensive responsibilities.
But he is sure the teenager is on the verge of an exciting professional career.
'He's certainly getting better and better,' Adams added. 'He's an attacking player and we certainly never want to take that out of his game.
'He gets people on the edge of their seats because a winger, running at a full-back at pace is still one of the best things in football, particularly if they can deliver a perfect cross into the box.
'That's probably the one area he's still working on but he's dramatically improved his left foot, his left foot is almost as good as his right foot now and all credit to him for that, but he does generally get people excited when he gets the ball and probably will do throughout his career because he's going to be a direct and pacy winger.'
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