Video and photo gallery: Dereham Town 0, Norwich City 1

Norwich City new boy Lewis Grabban impressed during the first half of the Canaries' opening pre-season friendly at Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City new boy Lewis Grabban impressed during the first half of the Canaries' opening pre-season friendly at Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
4:52 PM

Norwich City’s new signing Kyle Lafferty marked his debut with a volleyed winner to sink non league neighbours Dereham in the Canaries’ pre-season opener at a sweltering Aldiss Park.

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Lafferty swivelled to despatch Michael Turner’s far post knock down from close range in the 76th minute of a competitive outing with the Ryman North hosts showing few signs of any inferiority complex.

City’s other summer recruit Lewis Grabban produced a vibrant first half cameo as Neil Adams elected to field two different line ups in each half.

Grabban was partnered by Gary Hooper with Jamar Loza operating at the point of a diamond in the opening period and Alex Tettey at the base. Newly-confirmed captain Russell Martin lined up centrally alongside Ryan Bennett with Steven Whittaker and Javier Garrido occupying the full-back berths.

Adam Smith’s forceful challenge through Tettey belied the friendly nature of the contest before Hooper rifled the first shot of City’s pre-season campaign in the second minute with a swerving half-volley that flew over Andy Wilton’s bar.

City predictably continued to dominate possession in the heat with Grabban drifting to the far post to control Elliott Bennett’s deep cross and cut inside three Magpies’ defender before his shot deflected behind.

Martin glanced his header wide from the corner.

John Ruddy was pressed into action in the tenth minute to kick away Craig Bussens’ drilled close range effort. Grabban’s first time effort at the opposite end brushed the side netting with both sides keen to attack in the early stages.

Wilton reacted sharply to grasp at Hooper’s feet after the former Celtic frontman attempted to work an opening inside the Dereham penalty area.

Elliott Bennett’s quick thinking from a free kick teed up Ryan Bennett but Wilton parried his towering header before Hooper lashed wide from inside the six-yard box with Adams’ side threatening with every foray in the home half. Tettey’s slack control on the edge of his own area in the 22nd minute offered Dereham some respite but Bussens’ heavy throughball struck the retreating Norwegian international on the back.

Grabban’s willingness to drop deeper in search of work created a pocket of space for Elliott Bennett but his rising shot failed to test Wilton.

Elliott Bennett hugged the right touchline to collect Hooper’s rolled flick but Grabban’s near post header struck Matt Howard who had tracked the striker’s initial dart. Surman curled wide from the edge in the 30th minute in the dominant theme of the opening period.

Dereham’s tigerish closing down in central areas was now disrupting much of Norwich’s early flowing forward play as the game meandered in the closing stages of the opening period.

Hooper’s dragged effort from 20 yards five minutes prior to the interval underlined the lack of precision to the visitors’ work at this early stage of pre-season.

Adams made nine changes at the interval with only Martin and Garrido remaining from the first half starters. City’s other new recruit Kyle Lafferty was partnered up front with Luciano Becchio in a physically-imposing strike pairing; Josh Murphy and Nathan Redmond tasked with supplying the ammunition.

Turner needed all his defensive instincts to halt a Dereham counter with a perfectly-timed lunging challenge. Redmond then looked to the sky in frustration after his pace took him away from the hosts’ backline but a heavy first touch saw the ball spiral towards a clearing defender.

Redmond’s arrival certainly pepped up the visitors but Josh Murphy lashed a first time hit wide from the edge of the area before his twin joined the action along with the returning Surman for Martin and Garrido in a new look full-back pairing.

James Hadley’s superb block denied Redmond a certain goal in the 68th minute when he threw himself in the way of the youngster’s goalbound side foot finish following Josh Murphy’s pacy surge. Wilton then pushed Josh Murphy’s strike around his left-hand post with the hosts offering stiff resistance.

City, however, finally broke the deadlock when Lafferty lashed home an unstoppable close range volley in the 76th minute after anticipating Turner’s far post flick which dropped invitingly for the unmarked Northern Irish international.

Josh Murphy then lined up Jason Ward before picking out Redmond who horribly miscued on his left from seven yards out.

Wilton again had to scramble across his line to parry from Josh Murphy in his final act before departing for Jake Cox who celebrated his 18th birthday with the final four minutes of normal time against the Championship outfit.

Jacob Murphy tried to get in on the act with a burst forward in the closing moments but a Dereham shirt blocked his path yet again.

• Dereham Town (starting line up): Wilton, Willis, Hannant, Hockley, Howard, Hadley, Kay, Smith, Bussens, Tuttle, Borrer.

• Norwich City (starting line up): Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin (Jacob Murphy 61), R Bennett, Garrido (Surman 61), Tettey, E Bennett, Surman, Loza, Hooper, Grabban.

Norwich City (second half line up): Rudd, Martin, Gafaiti, Turner, Garrido, Redmond, Howson, Johnson, Josh Murphy, Lafferty, Becchio.

• Goal: Lafferty (76)

• Referee: M George

• Attendance: 2,136

24 comments

  • That was witty, `61tb. Well done indeed. I must confess that the yellow & green colour scheme has never caused me any antiperistaltic episodes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 14, 2014

  • But who wants to wear yellow and green Insane Beer Maker doesn`t it just want to make you puke..........OFF THE BALL CITY

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    1961tractorboy

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • They thought they were in East Dereham but when they found out they were playing the whole of Dereham they fell apart !

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    Dobro

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • tractorboy, tractorboy finish up your beer; Git you a - gorn and drive your John Deere. Apologies to the late Singing Postman. Those tractors come nicely decorated in Yellow & Green. Who ever heard of a blue tractor in real life? Even the food of ethical origin label is a Red tractor. Blue is such a very sad colour. Apt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • 1961 tb you are funny,my sides are splitting.now go and polish that yellow and green tractor!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Sounds like Dereham Town are pretty damn good !! That's the most pathetic and lame excuse ever......Joke manager without a clue what to do its going to be a classic......COYB

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    1961tractorboy

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Thing is if we do lose Ruddy or Fer who would come in as replacements?Nobody of the same quality will as they could be playing in the prem for someone else + we would not pay the wages.Mcnally was wrong when he stated players will be replaced with equal or better quality ones.Thats why players like JR,LF,and MO must stay imo.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • There seems to be some ancient mystical law that when we hammer our pre-season opponents we do badly in the proper season + vicky-verky. So this is an excellent result!

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    Timbo

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Hardly the 16-1 result recently achieved in Italy by another demoted contender.

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    Armchair fan

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Agree with ChrisM that nothing can be read into friendly results. As the games progress however we expect a pattern to develop where certain players look to be first choice and others pushed to the bench. Before we reach that stage however we need to see what players leave and who comes in. Todays paper again headlines Aresnal's interest in Ruddy while Soton are watching developments. Touted figure for Ruddy is £6m. Cardiff have shown their intent by slapping a £15m tag on Marshall. Other than the "We don't need to sell" statements our club has not demonstrated its firm resolve to keep anyone.Thus Fer is linked with a move to QPR or WH and there is no deterrant price on his head. If players like Ruddy, Fer and Redmond left in the next few weeks it would take some impressive arrivals to make one feel confident about an immediate return to the PL.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • You're right Chris. How did they get the name Tractor Boys, tractor driving is skilful and requires a brain.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • Pre season means nothing. How many times have we been dominant pre season then done nothing, or worse gone down. How many times has a poor pre season been followed by a great year. Not just us either, many clubs are the same. Remember too this was away, and I doubt their pitch is up to Carrow Road standards. Of course that's never a problem for Ipswich, none league grounds are like travelling to Old Trafford or Wembley for them, not that they have done that for along time.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • It shows how little knowledge there is of football outside of the professional game if people were expecting this to be a thrashing

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    NEIL Bowman

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

  • I have played in loads of pre season games and it is all about gelling and getting to know who is around you, you cannot leave that to the first game, and as for you tractor boys you sound like your rubbishing a bloke who took your woman off you

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    muddy

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Well done Millsey. With some rearrangement of your posting, it's almost possible to create a sentence.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • The championship will be. Quaking their boots after this brilliant result ha ha

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    Millsey

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • I know friendlies are not a real match situation, but expected a better scoreline than this. To be fair to Dereham they battled well, Norwich dominated possesion but end product was poor. Im afraid Redmonds crossing and shooting is as bad as last season and Bradders still managed to pass the ball to nobody with relative ease. Josh murphy and Lafferty looked good. Becchio dissapointing.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • TB boring d!ck. FFS everyone chill - first low profile friendly means very little.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • I`m glad Neil fielded a different line up in each half. Two different line ups in each half would have stretched the squad to the likes of 44 players.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • It was a competitive outing with Divot showing few signs, if any, of relinquishing his Prince of Patronization status.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • I am with Dubai on this one. Assuming Dereham is at roughly the same stage of their season as NCFC, I would have expected a lot bigger score, unless the directive was dominate the midfield and possession but don't humiliate with the scoreline. Alternatively maybe there are few Dereham players we should be adding to the NCFC squad? Interested in the comments of anyone who was there.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Do you cover the W.I. and other such committee meetings during the week Paddy?

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Would love to see Archie putting in a few assessment comments. Hopefully some of the lads who were there will post their views.

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    cutty

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Well I know we mustn't read too much into these fixtures, and it looks like we fielded about two dozen players today, but I'd had this down as an 8-0 thrashing. Sounds like Dereham Town are pretty damn good - could be the second best team in East Anglia !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

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