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Norwich City 1 Brighton 1 match report: Marley Watkins' screamer pegs back Seagulls

PUBLISHED: 16:52 29 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:30 30 July 2017

Marley Watkins levelled for Norwich City in the first half against Brighton with a stunning strike. 
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Marley Watkins levelled for Norwich City in the first half against Brighton with a stunning strike. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Marley Watkins thumped home a stunning equaliser to earn Norwich City's new boys a 1-1 draw against Premier League Brighton in their final pre-season dress rehearsal.

Cameron Jerome of Norwich wearing the brand new 3rd kit during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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29/07/2017Cameron Jerome of Norwich wearing the brand new 3rd kit during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 29/07/2017

Watkins and a number of City’s summer signings were on show in head coach Daniel Farke’s first home game in charge at Carrow Road against Chris Hughton’s Seagulls.

Pascal Gross opened the scoring with a glancing first half header but Watkins levelled prior to the break with a 22-yard screamer.

James Maddison was prominent in Norwich City's final pre-season outing. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdJames Maddison was prominent in Norwich City's final pre-season outing. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wes Hoolahan (thigh) and Ivo Pinto (hamstring) were again absent along with youngsters Jamal Lewis and Harry Toffolo. Josh Murphy was a notable absentee with Farke naming two goalkeepers on the bench as part of six substitutes. Cameron Jerome was preferred to Nelson Oliveira up with Yanic Wildschut given another chance to impress after his prominent showing in the 2-0 friendly win at Charlton in midweek.

City chief Farke started with a defensive three as captain Russell Martin and Marcel Franke flanked Christoph Zimmermann. Wildschut and James Husband were deployed as wing backs, allowing Watkins to operate more centrally alongside Jerome.

Yanic Wildschut of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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29/07/2017Yanic Wildschut of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 29/07/2017

Harrison Reed hooked wide in the 13th minute following a flowing move sparked by James Husband’s clever pass into Jerome. Mario Vrancic then attempted an audacious long range lob that had Matt Ryan scrambling back but the effort brushed the top of his netting.

Gross opened the scoring against the run of play in the 21st minute when he rose above Zimmermann to glance Bruno’s near post cross beyond Angus Gunn.

Marley Watkins of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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29/07/2017Marley Watkins of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 29/07/2017

City took time to clear their heads but levelled in emphatic fashion three minutes before half-time when Watkins lashed a rising 25-yard shot past Ryan into the top corner.

Farke elected not to make any changes in personnel but the hosts did return for the second period wearing the new all purple third kit.

Marley Watkins of Norwich and Lewis Dunk of Brighton in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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29/07/2017Marley Watkins of Norwich and Lewis Dunk of Brighton in action during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 29/07/2017

Watkins headed Vrancic’s corner wide under pressure after a prolonged lull in the goalmouth action. The excellent Maddison and Jerome made way for Steven Naismith and Oliveira in the 70th minute.

Izzy Brown’s looping header dropped past Gunn’s near post before more home changes saw Martin and Wildschut depart for Ben Godfrey and Alex Tettey.

Norwich Managing Director Steve Stone before the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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29/07/2017Norwich Managing Director Steve Stone before the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 29/07/2017

Oliveira’s long range hit had Ryan beaten but cannoned back into play via the inside post.

Marley Watkins of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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29/07/2017Marley Watkins of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 29/07/2017

• Norwich City: Gunn, Martin (Godfrey 80), Zimmermann, Franke, Husband, Reed, Wildschut (Tettey 80), Vrancic, Maddison (Naismith 70), Watkins, Jerome (Oliveira 70). Subs (not used): Matthews (GK), McGovern (GK).

Mario Vrancic of Norwich has a shot on goal from a free kick during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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29/07/2017Mario Vrancic of Norwich has a shot on goal from a free kick during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 29/07/2017

• Goal: Watkins (42)

Yanic Wildschut has come to the fore in the closing weeks of pre-season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdYanic Wildschut has come to the fore in the closing weeks of pre-season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

• Brighton: Ryan; Bruno (Rosenior 71), Dunk, Duffy (Goldson 77), Suttner, March (Skalak 82), Stephens, Kayal (Sidwell 61), Murphy (Bong 45); Gross (Brown 45); Murray (Hemed 77). Sub (not used): Maenpaa (GK).

Cameron Jerome of Norwich has a shot on goal that is blocked by Shane Duffy of Brighton during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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29/07/2017Cameron Jerome of Norwich has a shot on goal that is blocked by Shane Duffy of Brighton during the Pre-season Friendly match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 29/07/2017

• Goal: Gross (21)

• Referee: Darren Deadman

• Attendance: 12,907

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