Kieran Dowell scored a brace in Norwich City’s first friendly against King’s Lynn Town.
– Photo credit: Ian Burt
Kieran Dowell continued the form he showed at the end of Norwich City’s championship win by scoring a brace in the pre-season friendly win against King’s Lynn Town.
The former Everton midfielder showed in real quality on both trains when City took the lead with two goals at the beginning of the opening phase. Adam Idah’s late goal added glamor to the result as the Canaries started their pre-season victoriously.
The Linnets served as a useful test for Daniel Farke’s men and relied on their passing style despite the league difference between the teams. Ian Culverhouse trained his team well, but they lacked a goal threat for much of the game.
Ultimately, this pre-season phase is more about fitness than results, and City will have gotten a lot out of the opening game. </ It was the first sight of three city expansions for those who had made the short trip to the Walks. Milot Rashica, Angus Gunn and Billy Gilmour have all started.
The Canaries had to do without the full-backs Max Aarons and Dimitris Giannoulis, although both were watching from the stands.
City’s first chance was Christoph Zimmermann after Lynn couldn’t clear a corner. His stabbed shot on goal was crawled away.
The preseason is an opportunity for City’s boss to experiment, and they opened the game in a three-back formation.
Jacob Sorensen accompanied Zimmermann and Andrew Omobamidele in the back with Przemek Placheta as left-back.
Jordan Hugill believed he gave City an early lead after nodding Kieran Dowell’s cross into the corner of the net, only to have the assistant referee hoist his flag for offside as the strong striker stood up to nod the ball home.
It took City just 20 minutes to break through after Dowell stole the ball from Bird before beating the defender to clear three feet of space and into the near corner of the net.
A nice ball possession phase between Gilmour and Bali Mumba opened up a central space for Lukas Rupp to retract. He checked his right foot again before stabbing Jones’ hand with a drive from a distance.
Gilmour’s metronomic qualities helped create opportunities for City. The Scot’s slipped pass caused Mumba to gallop to the right, but his cross was cleared.
Rashica had a chance to double her lead shortly afterwards when he raced at a nice crossfield ball from Gilmour.
The Kosovans made a great fall before attacking the defender, but his shot went just wide of the post. The first half gave a glimpse into Rashica’s running qualities and he showed some spots of his skill on his first appearance in City.
Hugill seemed to be sidelined a few meters when he received Dowell’s pass. He stormed forward before selflessly dropping Dowell to convert the evening’s second.
Lynn scored just before half-time after Junior Morais ‘well-hit attempt off the crossbar and shot into Ross Barrows’ way who pocketed at close range.
The second started timidly before Lynn changed parts of her squad and equipment ten minutes after the second half and swapped her blue home jerseys for a white away jersey.
A sharp counterattack from Norwich saw Hugill Todd Cantwell racing down left. City had runners going over the ball and the midfielder was playing in Placheta but Barrows recovered well but took a corner.
Cantwell offered a lot of forward thrust in the second half and the Dereham-born creator added to the score almost added shine after reaching the end of Rob Nizet’s low cross. Paul Jones was up to his efforts.
Nizet then scraped from a distance after Cantwell’s pass onto the edge of the box when she was close. The young Belgian defender certainly showed his desire to support the attacking phase of the game during his cameo from the bench.
Adam Idah faded in and out in the second period and saw a slight effort from a distance that Jones easily did could be collected.
A hasty challenge from winger Michael Gyasi against Cantwell led to an apology from Culverhouse at Farke, which the City boss accepted with decency.
City had a big appeal in the closing stages of the second half for a penalty kick after Mumba’s shot from the right led to a ball that found substitute Thomas Dickson-Peters. His shot appeared to hit the hand of a Lynn defender, but the referee waved the protests off.
Cantwell’s influence on the game grew as the Linnets tired, and it was his perfectly weighted pass shot at Idah that led to it that City scored a third goal. The Irish international made no mistake in nipping the ball confidently into the net.
City will take advantage of today’s clash and are preparing to step up their Premier League preparations next week when Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town in Colney to be fought behind closed doors.
Norwich City fans got the first sight of new signing Milot Rashica.
– Photo credit: Ian Burt
– King’s Lynn Town (3-4-3): Jones; Barrows, Fernandez, Bowry (Sundire, 33), Vogel, Denton; Clunan, Coleman, King; Morais, Omotayo. Subtitles: Unconfirmed (several changes in the second half)
Norwich City (3-4-3): Gunn (McGovern, 45); Sorensen, Zimmermann, Omobamidele; Mumba (Giurgi, 88), Gilmour (Cantwell, 45), Rupp, Placheta; Dowell (Adshead, 77), Hugill (Dickson-Peters, 77), Rashica (Idah, 45).
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