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Hesitancy limits Murphy’s impact, with Hernandez eagerly awaiting his Canaries chance

Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town and Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich. 
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Luke Chambers of Ipswich Town and Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Our latest Norwich City player watch followed the fortunes of forward Josh Murphy during Sunday’s 1-1 derby draw with Ipswich at Carrow Road. Here’s how his match unfolded...

7 – Nice one-two with Moritz Leitner, combines with Jamal Lewis but is stood up by Dominic Iorfa on the edge of the box.

17 – Lewis frees him on the left but Adam Webster gets across well to stop the cross.

26 – Grant Hanley plays Murphy into the left channel, he gets a low cross in but Luke Chambers cuts it out before it gets anywhere near Oliveira.

31 – Excellent strength to hold off Carter-Vickers after ball is played into his feet by Lewis, almost gets through but foul is eventually given.

36 – Nice one-two with Leitner, turns and beats Carter-Vickers with a shot from 20 yards but it bends a few yards wide of the right-hand post.

41 – Over-runs the ball trying to counter and gets clattered by Chambers.

50 – Put through by Lewis, turns Carter-Vickers a couple of times before crossing from the bye-line but Harrison Reed can’t reach with his head.

53 – Gives away the ball with a loose flick trying to complete a one-two with Leitner.

70 – Fine turn in the box but shot blocked by Carter-Vickers. Soon after thumps a cross which is behind everyone and headed away by Jonas Knudsen.

73 – Played down the left by Lewis and wins corner off Carter-Vickers shins. James Maddison and Leitner take quickly, Murphy can’t shoot first time and shot is smothered in the box.

75 – Oliveira denied by Bialkowski from edge of the box after Murphy’s lovely back-heel.

77 – Excellent block to stop Connolly clearing, then goes down under the midfielder’s challenge out wide but the referee isn’t interested.

79 – Robbed by David McGoldrick but Timm Klose helps him out.

84 – Replaced by Dennis Srbeny.

Verdict: Plenty of effort, playing largely as an out-and-out striker, but hesitancy hindered his impact. Offered a threat but is more effective as a winger. Likely to have Onel Hernandez pushing for his place in the team now.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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