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Clean Sheet On Plymouth Loan Debut For Remi Matthews

Clubs occasionally need to call on their second-choice goalkeeper when their first choice is injured - but two hasn't been enough for Plymouth Argyle.

League One's bottom club used their fifth different goalkeeper of the season for Saturday's trip to AFC Wimbledon.

Norwich City's Remi Matthews was signed on an emergency loan on Friday after injuries to three senior stoppers meant youth team keeper Michael Cooper, 18, made his debut from the bench at Blackburn on Tuesday.

The latest change, though, proved a blessing in disguise as Matthews shone in Plymouth's 1-0 win at Kingsmeadow.

A rare clean sheet helped Argyle end a run of 12 league matches without victory.

Ipswich Boss McCarthy "We owe the fans a performance" ahead of Norwich Game

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is keen to secure a first East Anglian derby victory when Norwich visit Portman Road on Sunday.

McCarthy has never managed to claim a win over the Canaries during his time as Ipswich boss, having drawn three and lost three in six previous meetings.

"I was asked this morning ‘does it rankle that I’ve not beaten them yet?’,” said McCarthy, as reported by The Pink Un. “Trust me, I don’t carry every result around of who I’ve not beaten.

"But, bearing in mind it’s a while since we’ve won this derby and we lost our last home game to Bristol City, I think we do owe the fans a performance. It would be pivotal to win.

"All I know is they’ll see me in a really good light if we win. Let’s leave it at that shall we?

"It’s not just three points in terms of what it means to everybody, but I’ve never been given four points for winning one.

"I’m not stupid, I picked up what it means to everyone ahead of the first time we played them. I’ve been in the game long enough to know what derbies mean to everyone."

Former Norwich Midfielder Tom Adeyemi Fit for Ipswich In Derby Clash

Ipswich expect to have midfielder Tom Adeyemi available following a hamstring injury for Sunday's East Anglia derby against Norwich at Portman Road.

Forward Joe Garner could also be involved after returning to full training from his knee problem, while defender Tommy Smith will be assessed after suffering a back spasm.

Midfielder Emyr Huws continues his recovery from an Achilles injury along with Ted Bishop (groin/hernia) and Luke Hyam (knee)

Teenage midfielder Andre Dozzell is a long-term absentee with a knee issue.

Norwich winger Josh Murphy has returned to training after his broken toe, so could be included in the squad for the trip across the border to Suffolk

Midfielder Marco Stiepermann has recovered from a groin problem and is pressing for a start after coming off the bench in last weekend's draw against Hull, when fellow substitute Nelson Oliveira netted an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

Forward Marley Watkins, who withdrew from the Wales squad because of a foot problem, is serving a three-match ban, while Steven Naismith has an ankle problem and club captain Russell Martin is recovering from a back injury.

Alex Pritchard has been stepping up his recovery from ankle surgery, while Matt Jarvis (ankle), Jamal Lewis (knee) and Louis Thompson (Achilles) also continue their rehabilitation.

Former Canaries Player Sebastien Bassong banned for driving at 110mph in Maserati

Footballer Sebastien Bassong has been banned from driving for speeding at 110mph in his Maserati on a dual carriageway.
The 31-year-old Cameroon international admitted speeding on the A11 near Thetford, Norfolk, on 21 December.

During mitigation, Ipswich magistrates were told he is currently "unemployed" and is "living off his savings".

Bassong, who was released by Norwich City in the summer, was banned from driving for 40 days, and was also fined £440 and told to pay court costs.

Bassong, of The Drive in Wymondham, Norfolk, had been driving at 40mph over the speed limit for about half a mile when he was stopped by police.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard he was caught speeding at 23:35 GMT after the mother of his children called to say she was "in a lot of pain".

She had previously had kidney stones and they were worried the problem had flared again, the court heard.  Magistrates were told Bassong "regrets his actions", accepts there is "no excuse whatsoever" for speeding and has since sold his Maserati.

Bassong made 105 league appearances for Norwich after he was signed by the club in August 2012.
The former Tottenham, Newcastle, Watford and Wolves defender was released by the Canaries at the end of last season and is currently a free agent.

Norwich Sell Out Extended Cup Tie Allocation At Emirates

Norwich City have sold all of their ticket allocation for next week’s cup tie against Arsenal.

It means 8,800 City fans will make a trip to the Emirates Stadium next Tuesday for the fourth round League Cup match.

Norwich City’s initial allocation of 5,200 tickets sold out within three hours when they went on sale as supporters clamoured to see the match.

It was the biggest demand for tickets seen at the club since the play-off final at Wembley in 2015.

An additional 3,600 tickets were then made available by The Gunners for the match.

City reached the fourth road after a 3-1 victory over Brentford at Griffin Park in September.

Arsenal saw off Doncaster at the Emirates with a one goal win.

The match is two days after the East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, and also two days after Arsenal travel to Everton and kick-off on Tuesday October 24 is at 7.45pm.

Martin & McGovern Play 90 Mins in 3-0 U23 Victory

Matt Gill’s development squad picked up their second Premier League Two home win of the season in impressive style against the Saints U23s on Friday night at Carrow Road.

Northern Ireland international Michael McGovern was part of an experienced backline featuring Russell Martin, who again turned out for Gill’s squad as an over-age outfield player as he builds up his fitness after a spell out of the first team picture.

Aaron O’Driscoll and then Florian Gardos turned Glenn Middleton crosses into the visitors’ own net before Louis McIntosh thumped home a 20-yard free kick in the second half to extend City’s unbeaten league run to six games.

“I’m really pleased for the lads, first and foremost,” Gill told the club’s official site. “They’ve worked really hard in the past few weeks and probably haven’t got what they deserved.

“We were very professional in our approach tonight. We were progressive and showed some real quality. We had some really good play. We’ve been working on some attacking stuff previously, wanting people to arrive in between the goalposts at the right time.

“That’s not luck tonight. Tristan put pressure on the defenders and Glenn’s deliveries were exceptional. Our all-round game was really pleasing tonight.”

McGovern and Martin replaced Aston Oxborough and Grant Hanley respectively from last weekend’s league draw against West Brom with Devonte Aransibia coming in for Emmersson Sambu in midfield.

The luckless O’Driscoll diverted Middleton’s cross past Jack Rose from Todd Cantwell’s initial pass. Tristan Abrahams was then denied by a goalline clearance from O’Driscoll before Marcus Barnes headed wide from Harlem Hale’s cross, with McGovern beaten.

It proved a costly miss when Gardos sliced Middleton’s cross into his own net to put Norwich in control prior to the interval.

City sealed the points when substitute McIntosh bent a free kick into the top corner, before McGovern dealt with two Dan N’Lundulu headers in the closing stages.

• Norwich City U23s: McGovern, Arrons, Kamal, Odusina, Martin, Phillips (Sambu 81), Morgos (Fonkeu 55), Aransibia, Abrahams, Cantwell (McIntosh 59), Middleton. Subs (not used): Wallis, Hallett.

• Booking: Phillips

• Goals: O’Driscoll (og), Gardos (og), McIntosh

Why Norwich Rate Remi Matthews So Highly

The 23-year-old goalkeeper recently signed a new contract with the Canaries where he is expected to have a bright future

Emergency addition Remi Matthews arrives to bolster Plymouth Argyle’s stricken goalkeeping department from Norwich City, where he is very highly thought of.

Two weeks ago today, in fact, the 23-year-old signed a new contract with the Canaries tying him to Carrow Road until the summer of 2019 with an option to extend too.

Not the move of a club with no interest in Matthews’s future as a goalkeeper in the game. They are most impressed by his character and working attitude, attributes which may rub off on young Pilgrims stopper Michael Cooper.

When he signed the deal, current head coach Daniel Farke said: "I am really happy with this news.

"Remi is still young as a goalkeeper and has a lot of potential. He has faced a lot of competition this season, but has a brilliant character and a great working attitude.

"In the last period he was improved week-to-week and when he continues with this attitude we will have a lot of joy with him in our future."

Matthews has made 42 professional appearances in his career up to now, the majority of which came last season with Hamilton Academical in Scotland, where he played 27 matches.

He has played in League One before too. Across the 2015/16 season Matthews made 11 appearances for Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers.

Norwich Goalkeeper Remi Matthews Joins Plymouth On Emergency Loan Deal

The 23-year-old has not seen action for the Canaries yet this season as he has been stuck behind Angus Gunn and Michael McGovern in the pecking order, having made 27 appearances for Scottish Premiership side Hamilton on loan last season.

Argyle are currently bottom of the third tier and manager Derek Adams was left without a keeper after injuries to all three of his senior option, so has been granted special dispensation to sign Matthews.

The Gorleston-born keeper is yet to make his senior debut for Norwich and has previously spent time on loan in League One with Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers.

However, he was recently handed a new contract extending his stay until 2019, with the club retaining an option for a further year.

The Devon club have lost keepers Luke McCormick (ankle) and Robert te Loeke (back) to injury and then saw Kyle Letheren injure his thigh in the first half of a 1-1 draw with Blackburn in midweek, forcing 18-year-old apprentice Michael Cooper into action.

Matthews is likely to go straight into action for the Pilgrims tomorrow, at AFC Wimbledon.

“I don’t think it happens very often,” Plymouth boss Adams said of the injury crisis, talking to his club’s official website. “Certainly not so early in the season.

“We’ve had a lot to deal with – injuries and suspensions – and it’s not getting any easier; we’ve got nine out for Saturday’s game. But we have Gary Miller back from suspension, so we will see how things go.

“To have nine injuries and then play Shrewsbury and Blackburn and do so well (drawing both 1-1) shows you what a strong squad we have. It’s a big positive.”

Matthews, who has 42 senior appearances on his CV in total, has been give the squad number 34