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On Loan Norwich Keeper Remi Matthews Making HIs Mark At Home Park

With three clean sheets and one vital penalty save in his first four games for Plymouth Argyle, Remi Matthews is certainly making an impact at Home Park, even if his future is uncertain.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper’s emergency loan from Norwich City will end the moment that one of the Pilgrims’ three injured custodians – probably Luke McCormick – recovers from injury.

“Luke is doing all he can to get fit – of course he is,” said Remi, who helped the Pilgrims to a 1-0 Sky Bet League One win at Bradford by saving Tony McMahon’s late penalty after Jake Jervis had put the Pilgrims ahead in the 35th-minute.

“Once that happens, it’s time for me to go down the road and that’s just the way it is.

“When I first came in, I thought it was going to be one or two games; thankfully, for me, it’s been longer.

“From Day One, I have enjoyed it since I have been here. The lads have been a different class. They have made me feel welcome; the fans have made me feel welcome. It’s a nice place to be and the atmosphere is excellent.”

Since Remi’s arrival at Home Park, Argyle have picked up seven points from nine in the league and progressed to the second round of the FA Cup. The only time he has been beaten, in a 1-1 home draw with Rochdale, the goals was tinged by good fortune for the visitors.

Against Bradford, he made two outstanding saves to tip over shots from Paul Taylor before thwarting McMahon from 12 yards, but he was insistent on spreading the plaudits around.

“It’s not about me – it’s about the team,” he said. “Of course, I made the penalty save, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ve been brought in to make saves and hopefully help the team to win games.

“At the minute, that is what we have been doing, and all I can ask is for the team to keep doing what they are doing.

“The team has been excellent even before I got here. The problem has been that we haven’t been picking up results and luckily, at the minute, we are; you can see, from the last four or five games, we have been good.

“We can only keep pushing on. We have just got to keep getting as many points as we can and hopefully get out of relegation as quick as we can.

“It was a massive win for the lads.

“Once we got the goal, they were probably going to be on top for the majority of the game but we defended unbelievably and, when you have got that in front of you, you can’t ask for any more.  I thought Sonny [Bradley] was a different class and, even from the top, I thought we were excellent.”

The defining moment of the defensive display came ten minutes before the end, when referee Carl Boyeson awarded a penalty for a foul by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair on Romain Vincelot.

Remi said: “My honest opinion was that it looked soft, but the ref’s made his decision and you have just got to forget about it and start thinking about making the save which, luckily, I did.

“I had a guess. I saw [McMahon] have a little look the other way so I thought I’m maybe going to have a little step that way and go back the way he went. Sometimes it makes no difference – you just have to go with your instincts.”

Norwich Keeper Gunn Called Up To England Senior Squad

Angus Gunn has been called into England’s senior side for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil.

City keeper Gunn, who is on loan from Manchester City, played the full 90 minutes for England U21 in their 2-0 win over Ukraine on Friday in European Championship qualification.

He has been in fine form for the Canaries, helping to keep seven clean sheets this season. His dad, Bryan Gunn, was capped six times by Scotland and was a member of the squad that travelled to the 1990 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s men take on Brazil at Wembley on Tuesday (8pm), following on from their 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday evening.

Gunn Starts As Maddison Comes Off Bench For England U21 Debut

Norwich City star James Maddison made his England Under-21s debut on Friday afternoon, playing the final stages of a vital European Championship qualifier.

Maddison replaced Dominic Solanke – scorer of England’s first goal in a 2-0 win – in the 81st minute.

His Carrow Road team-mate, goalkeeper Angus Gunn, played the full 90 minutes in Kiev.

Liverpool’s Solanke - who may be called up for the senior team’s friendly against Brazil – netted after 15 minutes with England’s second an own goal by Pavlo Lukyanchuk just after the hour mark.

Following a draw in Holland, Aidy Boothroyd’s men have beaten Latvia, Scotland and Andorra and are in control of qualifying group four after four wins and a draw.

Eight of the starting XI in Kiev were Under-20 World Cup winners this summer.

Maddison earned his call-up after a string of impressive and eye-catching Championship performances for the Canaries.

Norwich City Appoint Scunthorpe's Chris Burton New Head Physio

Burton replaces Stuart Wardle, who was among a group of staff exits last month which included club legend Darren Huckerby leaving his Under-23s assistant coach role.

As head of medical and sports science at League One club Scunthorpe, Burton led his department to the League One Medical and Science Team of the Year award at last season’s Football Medical Association Awards.

Burton will begin his role on November 22. He has previously worked for England Athletics before moving into football at Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Hull City, Queens Park Rangers and Peterborough United, and has degrees in sports science and physiotherapy.

A City statement describes Burton – who was a trainee at Mansfield Town before playing in non-league for clubs including Gainsborough Trinity – as having ‘a glowing reputation’.

Burton, speaking to Scunthorpe’s website, said: “I would like to thank the chairman, his family and Jim Rodwell for supporting me throughout my time here at Scunthorpe United, without their backing and guidance it would have not been possible to deliver the level of service that we have.”

He continued: “I would also like to thank the manager and his backroom staff for their support and all the staff behind the scenes and players I have worked with during the last three years, there are too many to mention but I have enjoyed working with you all!

“Finally, I would like to wish the chairman, manager and the players well for the rest of the season and I really hope you achieve promotion to the Championship!”

Scunthorpe’s chief executive, James Rodwell, added: “We would like to wish Chris all the best in his new role at Norwich City, and we thank him for his work over the past three years with us. Chris has been a most valued member of staff in his time here, whose efforts have been most appreciated.”

Grant Holt: Barrow re-sign former Norwich City striker

Barrow have re-signed striker Grant Holt on a player-coach basis, after non-league King's Lynn Town agreed to release him.

Holt, 36, last played for the Bluebirds in 2003 before moving into League football with Sheffield Wednesday.

The Carlisle-born forward played in the Premier League with Norwich City and Aston Villa, as well winning the Scottish Championship with Hibernian.

He is Ady Pennock's first signing since he was appointed Barrow boss last week.

"I have an affinity with all the teams in Cumbria, everyone knows I supported Carlisle as a boy, and I've been at Barrow and Workington.

"To be back to try and get this fantastic club back to the level the chairman has tried to do for a long time is a fantastic opportunity," Holt told BBC Radio Cumbria.

Transfer Rumour: Everton Tracking Norwich's Rising Star James Maddison

Norwich City midfield ace James Maddison is reportedly being tracked by Premier League strugglers Everton.

The attacking midfielder has caught the eye for the Canaries this season, scoring four goals and providing five assists in 17 appearances in all competitions.

According to ESPN FC, Everton have been closely watching the 20-year-old former Coventry City man.

Maddison, who is under contract at Norwich until 20121, recently received his first call-up to the England Under-21 squad.

Norwich Captain Ivo Pinto Set For Surgery In International Break

The Portuguese defender who has been leading the team out this season has sported a white face mask at Bolton to protect his broken nose, suffered in the midweek home defeat to Championship leaders Wolves.

And the mask is set to return when City step out next, for Barnsley’s visit on Saturday, November 18.

“It’s very sore – I can feel my heart pumping,” admitted Pinto. “I just broke my nose in the last game, but I felt it was best to play. It was broken so maybe that didn’t make a lot of sense, but the mask protected me a little bit and I will need a new one because I need surgery on it – and I’ll need a new mask to keep playing.

“I don’t want to lose any games. I want to help the team and to give something to these supporters that here again, they came in their large numbers and they are very important for us.

“I was always going to play. I’d say even with a broken leg, I will play. I want to help the team in as many games as I can.

“Unfortunately I’ve had to miss a few games before and it was not very good for me. I was very sad. So every time I can play, even with a pain or something, I will play to help the team.

“The surgery will be next week, but I will play the next game.”

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Norwich City

First-half goals from Gary Madine and Adam Armstrong were enough to lift Bolton Wanderers off the bottom of the Championship with victory over Norwich.

Madine was on hand at the near post to slide in Darren Pratley's cross from the right in the 35th minute, with the home side doubling their lead before the break when Armstrong's curling shot went in off the post.

Josh Murphy pulled one back for Norwich in added time but defeat saw the Canaries drop to 12th, despite having enjoyed the lions share of possession in the match with 68%

Norwich, looking for a fifth successive away league win, were on target with four of their 16 shots but most came in a late flurry, that ultimately proved to be too little too late

Sammy Ameobi had a late shout for a penalty for Bolton, while home keeper Ben Alnwick made a great save to deny Murphy with the score at 2-0.

Bolton end the day in 23rd spot, but will drop back to the foot of the table if Sunderland beat Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson:

"I could feel the rumblings - why is he still picking Armstrong? But Adam has put in some terrific performances, though he was desperate for that goal.

"Adam has threatened to produce that moment, though in fairness he needed to for himself and the team. It was a terrific finish.

"Nine points from the last five games is a great return, but we knew this game would make our recent run a good one or an average one."

Norwich manager Daniel Farke:

"I am pretty annoyed and frustrated because we had the game under control. At the moment we have to defend perfectly to win games because we are scoring too few goals.

"When you miss so many chances then you have to at least defend 100 per cent perfect.

"We have done that in previous away games, but for 10 minutes before half-time we didn't do that."