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Photo gallery: Vallee d’Aoste regional XI 0, Norwich City 13

09:55 21 July 2014

Gary Hooper and Anthony Pilkington on the attack for Norwich City during the pre-season friendly match against SC Vallee dAoste at Piergiorgio Perucca Stadium, Aosta
. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Gary Hooper and Anthony Pilkington on the attack for Norwich City during the pre-season friendly match against SC Vallee dAoste at Piergiorgio Perucca Stadium, Aosta . Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City cruised to a 13-0 friendly win against part-timers Vallee d’Aoste in the opening match of their three-game tour on Sunday at Chatillon Saint Vincent.


The Canaries’ scheduled opponents, Serie C outfit Novara, pulled out on the eve of the friendly but City showed no mercy to their lower league prey with braces for Russell Martin, Anthony Pilkington, Jacob Murphy and Jamar Loza.

Pilkington made his first appearance of the summer, after joining up later than most of his team mates following international duty with the Republic of Ireland before suffering a bout of flu prior to the midweek 6-1 win over Braintree.

Nathan Redmond partnered Gary Hooper up top with Kyle Lafferty not risked after picking up a dead leg in recent days and Ricky van Wolfswinkel staying back in the UK for treatment on a knee cartlidge injury which is only expected to keep the Dutchman out for up to two weeks.

Alex Tettey was deployed in the anchor role of a diamond with Jonny Howson operating down the right ahead of Steven Whittaker. Captain Martin partnered Ryan Bennett in central defence.

Gary Hooper tried to cut back an early chance for strike partner Nathan Redmond but Giueseppe Furfaro’s sliding block thwarted the England Under-21 international before Wes Hoolahan slammed a shot at Alex Erba.

Hooper did slot home in the third minute but his close range finish was ruled out for offside. Martin’s looping header then dropped wide with the pattern already clear in the early exchanges against the part-timers.

Ryan Bennett’s header from Pilkington’s corner was palmed onto the bar by Erba then Hooper was crowded out in his attempt to slot the rebound.

View a photo gallery from the match by clicking this link.

Hooper did open his goal account in the ninth minute with a simple close range finish from Martin Olsson’s low cross before Redmond thumped a 20-yard strike against the bar.

City continued to dictate at will and the only surprise was it took another six minutes for Pilkington to double the Canaries’ lead with a first time sweeping finish from 10 yards after Olsson had made another overlapping foray.

Hooper then saw his stabbed effort cleared off the line before Hoolahan clipped over from eight yards out with Valle d’Aoste’s midfield leaving gaping holes for the visitors to exploit. The Republic of Ireland international pulled rank at a free kick earned by Redmond but was unable to whip his left foot strike up and over the wall in time from the edge of the area.

Jonny Howson was the latest to roam free but his right-footed effort clipped the base of Erba’s far post before Redmond slammed the follow up against the keeper.

Pilkington tried his luck with a right footer from 20 yards in the 27th minute following a period of greater resistance from the Italians.

Erba produced a superb stop to deny Redmond with an angled left-foot attempt from 10 yards before a sharp encore to claw his next effort around the opposite upright.

Hoolahan made it three in the 35th minute when he drew Erba and conjured a cheeky dink from 16 yards after Hooper’s throughball left the keeper exposed.

Erba fared better when faced with another duel, this time against Hooper, but he had little chance with Martin’s point blank finish from a Norwich corner. Whittaker joined the party in the 38th minute when he cut in off the right to unleash a fine left-footed strike past the sprawling Erba.

Andrea Menegazzi threatened to finally test the redundant John Ruddy in the closing stages of a one-sided half but his free kick clipped Howson stationed in a two-man City wall.

Norwich made it six in the final minute of what had long since become a training exercise when Martin sidefooted home a well-worked free kick routine at the far post from Pilkington’s free kick.

Bradley Johnson replaced Tettey at the interval with the Italians also emerging in a brand new strip.

Andrea Amato did force Ruddy into a low stop in the 49th minute but the England international’s handling was secure despite his prior inactivity.

Redmond slammed a seventh with a powerful left-foot strike from just inside the area before mass changes from the Canaries leaving only Pilkington as the sole survivor from the starting line up. Jamar Loza rifled an eighth after Jacob Murphy’s spot before twin brother Josh added a ninth with 30 minutes still to play.

Loza had the freedom of the d’Aoste penalty area again but a nut-megged finish dropped the wrong side of the upright. Emanuele Canalini then denied Loza his second after bursting onto a perfectly weighted pass from Andrew Surman but the striker coolly rounded Canalini to roll home a tenth.

City were certainly showing few visible signs of mercy towards the part-timers by this stage and Pilkington waltzed through before waiting for the keeper to go to ground. Jacob Murphy joined his brother on the scoresheet when he cut in from the left and slid home a 12th.

Canalini produced three fine stops to foil a rampant City but he was beaten again three minutes from the end when Jacob Murphy despatched his brother’s cross.

• Vallee d’Aoste regional XI (starting line up): Erba, Miliani, Massot, Furfaro, Joly, Ugonino, Rient, Menegazzi, Garbini, Amato, Canalini.

• Norwich City: Ruddy (Rudd 55), Whittaker (E Bennett 55), Martin (Turner 55), R Bennett (Gafaiti 55), Olsson (Garrido 55), Tettey (Johnson 45), Howson (Josh Murphy 55), Pilkington, Hoolahan (Surman 55), Hooper (Loza 55), Redmond (Jacob Murphy 55).

• Goals: Hooper (9), Pilkington (15, 75), Hoolahan (35), Martin (36, 44), Whittaker (38), Redmond (51), Loza (58, 71), Josh Murphy (61), Jacob Murphy (76, 87)

View a photo gallery from the match by clicking this link.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated following a dispute between Norwich City and the side they face, click here for the full story.

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