Norwich City’s England U19 international Joshua Murphy underlined his huge promise with a sparkling display in tonight’s 4-2 development league defeat to Arsenal’s U21s at Carrow Road.

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Murphy was a constant menace down the left flank for Scott Marshall’s young side against a talented visiting outfit featuring the likes of Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld, who both appeared recently in the Gunners’ 7-5 Capital One Cup epic at Reading.

Eisfeld struck a brace to put Terry Burton’s side in command after Jamar Loza had swiftly cancelled out Cjuba Akpom’s first half opener. David Fox converted a 72nd minute penalty when Murphy was upended by Sead Hajrovic, but Kristoffer Olsson slotted a fourth for the slick visitors three minutes later. Fox, Marc Tierney and Leon Barnett all played the full game for the Canaries as they looked to push their claims for involvement in Chris Hughton’s first team plans.

Tierney and Declan Rudd inadvertently gifted Akpom the opener, when Norwich’s keeper could only smack Tierney’s back pass against the advancing Arsenal forward from inside his own six yard box. Loza spared the keeper’s blushes barely a minute later when he rifled a long range strike past Damian Martinez.

Eisfeld calmly finished past the advancing Rudd to restore the Gunners’ lead after gliding through the heart of Norwich’s defence to latch onto Jernade Meade’s clinical pass. City’s most productive outlet looked down either flank through the Murphy twins. Joshua smacked an angled drive a yard beyond Martinez’s far post before failing to gather a sharp angled pass from his brother with Martinez left exposed.

Tierney made his first overlapping burst of the game in the final minute of the opening period to support Joshua Murphy, but his hanging cross slipped behind Loza. Barnett’s awareness cleared Meade’s dipping corner seconds after the interval, but Eisfeld escaped the attentions of Norwich’s defence for a second time to curl an angled right footer beyond Rudd. Joshua Murphy drilled at Martinez on the hour mark, but City still looked suspect to the counter with Barnett racing back to deal with Meade.

Joshua Murphy earned City a lifeline in the 71st minute when he burst between two Arsenal defenders before Hajrovic’s rash challenge halted the youngster inside the Gunners’ penalty box. Fox stepped up to send Martinez the wrong way from the spot, but Arsenal restored their two-goal buffer when Olsson was afforded far too much time to smash past Rudd.

Joshua Murphy continued to probe in the final minutes, when he lined up the over-worked Martin Angha before checking back onto his right foot to steer a cross to the far post that brother Jacob stabbed behind. Fox picked out City substitute Carlton Morris in the 84th minute with a free kick glanced behind from close range before the midfielder advanced onto Michael Clunan’s corner but hammered over in stoppage time.

• Norwich: Rudd, Durojaiye, Tierney, Fox, McNeil, Barnett, Jacob Murphy (Morris 82), Clunan, Loza, King (Hall-Johnson 64), Joshua Murphy. Subs (not used): Gafaiti, Matthews, Toffolo.

• Goals: Loza (14), Fox (72)

• Booking: Loza

• Arsenal: Martinez, Angha (Jebb 90), Bihmoutine (Monteiro 84), Mugabo (Ormonde-Ottewill 58), Hajrovic, Miquel, Olsson, Meade, Akpom, Eisfeld, Gnabry. Subs (not used): Charles-Cook, Jeffrey

• Goals Akpom (13), Eisfeld (32, 49), Olsson (75)

• Bookings: Meade, Hajrovic

• Referee: M Blackledge

9 comments

  • jason shackell was the last decent young player i can remember coming through. about time we had a few more

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    michael

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I feel the Academy is the way forward -- bringing through players as we used to. If we can have even one or two a season start to make inroads into the senior squad it all bodes well.

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    Jakarta Canary

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • So the Troll even find time to invade the U21's story. Or is he trying to hide while still spouting irrational abuse, knowing there are fewer people reading this board. News for you Red Stooge - fans with the City's future at heart follow the club at ALL levels!!!

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    The Crab

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Not a lot of interest in the Academy, then? Are fame-watching "fans" plumbing the depths of shallowness even more deeply? Top of the range replica shirt and Stephen Fry blow-up doll to best reply.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Well said Crab! I thought you would be one to take an interest in the "seedbed". I am usually disappointed to see how few people are sufficiently interested to comment on Academy matters. I agree with Michael D that a "breakthrough" by Academicians is needed to boost interest but feel perhaps there might be a bit more interest anyway? Or are fans at large so blown away by the "Fantasy Football" aspects of the game; like Glory hunting, obscene wages, huge fees, puerile player behaviour, fan tribalism and manager sackings, that the "grass roots" just does not feature in their thoughts? Even that pestilential Archant plant, Stooge, can be moved to comment, if only to be a t**t.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Where is Shacks now, michael? Korey Smith did brilliantly in our L1 promotion season but soon got pushed down the pecking order by new signings like Crofts, Fox and Surman, who in turn seem to be pushed down the pecking order by new signings...... Then there`s Tom Adeyemi, George Francomb and the young `keepers. Looks like they`re mostly not going to make it with NCFC. Declan Rudd has the best chance. Or has he?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Brief lapses in our usual poor form by the 1st team will not hide the long term issues at the club. The future looks grim. I'm worried. Mr Steroo.

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Are the Murphy twins to be like buses? You wait ages for one to come then two arrive at once. Hopefully some harvest from the Academy seedbed at last? Let`s hope so. Good luck, Murphys! 3 senior players in that squad, including Fox. Are we ever to see him in first team action again?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • MB, first time one of the Murphy's plays for the 1st team, then suddenly people will start to pay the U21s and the Academy a lot more attention. At the moment its just that no-one sees it as a source of 1st team players....

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    Michael D

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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