Video: Norwich City youngster Jacob Murphy starts and scores during loan debut for Blackpool
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Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy has scored on his Championship debut this evening – but not for the Canaries.
The 19-year-old joined Blackpool on a three-month loan deal on Monday and was thrown straight in from the start at Fulham tonight by new Seasiders boss Lee Clark.
Murphy, the twin brother of fellow City winger Josh, then repaid Clark for his faith by putting Blackpool 2-0 ahead in the 26th minute at Craven Cottage.
Ishmael Miller put bottom-of-the-table Blackpool ahead in just the second minute of the match and Murphy threatened to double that lead in the 15th minute, but could only find the side-netting.
The England Under-20 international did get his debut goal 11 minutes later though, benefitting from good work by Miller on the right to finish from close range.
Murphy, a graduate of City's academy who was a key member of the club's FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2013, combined well with Miller again in the 33rd minute but the striker's shot was saved by home keeper Marcus Bettinelli.
Fulham halved the visitors' lead before the break though, after Pool skipper Tony McMahon was sent off in the 41st minute, when former England midfielder Scott Parker scored in first-half injury-time.
Another former Canaries academy product, goalkeeper Joe Lewis, was able to keep the Cottagers at bay until the 73rd minute when Costa Rica international Bryan Ruiz equalised for the hosts.
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Murphy was then withdrawn in the 76th minute, to be replaced by Nathan Delfouneso as 10-man Blackpool desperately tried to hang on for a point.
With some more saves from Lewis, the visitors managed to do just that, surviving five minutes of injury time to cling on to their 2-2 draw.
Murphy had played once for City this season before being allowed out on loan, starting a 3-1 win against Crawley in the Capital One Cup and setting up his brother for a goal.
He made his debut for the Canaries in January, coming on as a substitute in the FA Cup against Fulham at Carrow Road, before going out on loan in League One with Swindon and then Southend in League Two, scoring once in eight appearances for the Essex side.
Murphy's twin brother Josh, who has made the breakthrough into the City first team this season, was pleased to see his brother score, taking to his Twitter account (@JoshMurphy65) to say: 'THATS WHAT TWINNY DOES!! @JacobMurphy95 well done man!'
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