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Tettey’s Torpedo Topples Dogged Donny!
ALEXANDER TETTEY marked his Norwich City debut with a lovely winning goal against Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup.
There were a number of changes from Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, with Hughton in fact changing his entire starting eleven! Mark Bunn began in goal, behind a back four of returning Elliott Bennett, back from injury, Ryan Bennett, Elliott Ward and Marc Tierney. In midfield City had Chris Martin, David Fox along with Alexander Tettey and Jacob Butterfield – both making their debuts. The front two were Grant Holt and Harry Kane.
The sad news that former boss John Bond had passed away was given appropriate acknowledgement before the game. The crowd of around 14,000 asked to engage in a minute’s silence. Impeccably observed, it was, before the teams got down to business.
Harry Kane had an early sighter for the hosts. He controlled the ball well before beating the post with his low effort.
Norwich had started well, certainly the more dominant outfit thus far, with new boy Tettey trying his luck from 25 yards. Though the Norwegian saw his effort fly over the crossbar.
Doncaster responded with Mark Bunn called into action; making a decent stop from veteran Robbie Blake.
The Canaries should have taken the lead through Kane soon after.
After Donny keeper Woods had a mare of dealing with a cross, it fell loose to Kane who simply had to put the ball in the net. Though the youngster managed to find the knee of the defender and the effort was subsequently blocked off the line.
A minute later Marc Tierney decided to try his luck, rather speculatively from 25 yards, though it proved to be a dangerous effort as Woods tipped it onto the bar and over!
Not your usual Marc Tierney moment or what you’ve come to expect.
Doncaster despite being two divisions lower than City, were certainly proving a threat. They broke well before Cotterill dragged an effort wide of Bunn’s goal.
The Canaries still hadn’t taken their chances, and that achilles heel of not making the most of their pressure was hinting that it may rear its ugly head.
It looked as if it could prove a frustrating night more so as Holt fired wide, though along came Tettey with a classy strike.
Holt did brilliantly down the left before feeding the new boy, he took a few touches before calmly curling the ball towards the far corner. It bounced off the post and Carrow Road jumped for joy!
Norwich 1, Doncaster 0.
Jacob Butterfield was looking to make a case for a starting berth, the former Barnsley man had endured a long spell out injured.
He was looking bright and came close just past the half hour, striking the ball well from range though Woods blocked the effort and gathered at the second attempt.
On the stroke of half-time City came so close to a deserved second. Elliott Ward was the culprit, seeing his close range header brilliantly cleared by McCombe from the goalline.
So City had the lead though still hadn’t taken as many chances as they probably should have. Nevertheless there were plus points to that first period, the return of Elliott Bennett obviously and Alex Tettey making a more than impressive first appearance.
In the early stages of the second period Norwich were handed a blow, loanee Kane pulled up.
The youngster received hefty treatment before being stretchered off and replaced by Jackson.
The substitute could have had an early goal too, minutes into his introduction.
Holt picked the ball up from range and rather uncharacteristically decided to have a pop! It was a more than decent effort and drew a good save. Jackson looked to make the most of the rebound but again, Woods made the save – some save it was too.
Chances weren’t flowing quite as much as they had in that first period. Hughton looked to draw some creativity back into his side with Martin withdrawn and Hoolahan the replacement.
It seemed to make a difference as City had two golden chances to grab a second.
Firstly Holt saw his header desperately clawed out by Woods, before Holt was involved again – this time turning provider, sliding it through for Jackson. The Canadian rounded the keeper though could only find the side netting.
In the closing stages Norwich were almost made to pay for their missed chances again.
Rovers attacked with Husband sliding a low ball across. From point blank range Cotterill somehow managed not to get a decent connection! It really should have been goal.
Though City had survived and in stoppage time could have killed things off.
Butterfield was the main man, seeing two shots saved after Holt had set him up on both occasions.
Just the one goal proved to be enough for Norwich and a win is obviously a win. Perhaps one of the biggest positives to take away from tonight’s game is the line-up. Eleven changes from Sunday’s game and that still appeared a more than decent side! There is certainly strength in depth nowadays, give us a few goals and we’ll be fine.
Tottenham await for the Canaries in the last 16, uncharted territory for City! It appears they’re having a cup-run adventure.
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