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Leeds United U23s 2-0 Norwich U23s

Norwich City fell to their second defeat of the Under-23 Premier League 2 as goals from Ian Poveda and Raphinha gave an experienced Leeds United side a 2-0 win at Thorpe Arch Grange on Sunday afternoon.

City made two changes from the last game against Stoke City with Rob Nizet and Matthew Dennis dropping out for Tom Dickson-Peters and under-18 left-back Sean Stewart.

Leeds named a strong line-up with senior players Kiko Casilla, Pascal Struijk, Pablo Hernandez, Tyler Roberts, Raphinha and Poveda all starting.

It was Poveda who put the Whites into an early lead when Hernandez played a ball into Roberts in the box and his high looping shot wasn’t cleared at the back post. That allowed Poveda to hit a first-time shot, which was blocked on the line, but he followed up to hit another effort into the roof of the net.

Norwich’s response to going behind early on was good though as William Hondermack fired just wide before Reece McAlear and Tyrese Omotoye both had efforts blocked from inside the box.

Then on 13 minutes Tom Dickson-Peters raced clear and should have levelled but put his effort the wrong side of the post. Roberts then miscued a volley for Leeds from 12 yards out, following good work down the wing by Leif Davis.

Norwich had the ball in the back of the net midway through the half when Josh Guirgi did well to close down Poveda in the box and square for Dickson-Peters to side foot home, but the effort was harshly ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

So, the Canaries could count themselves unfortunate to go into the break 2-0 down when, against the run of play, Roberts stole the ball back just inside Leeds’ half and sent Raphina racing away and he kept his cool to slide a shot under McCracken five minutes before the interval.

Leeds came out for the second half in determined fashion with Raphinha curling a free-kick just wide before testing Jon McCracken. A few minutes later Andrew Omobamidele had to put in an excellent block to deny Jack Jenkins.

McAlear then had Norwich’s first effort of the second half, as following good work from Sean Stewart, he warmed the gloves of Casilla with a powerful shot. However, in the closing half hour of the match McCracken was called upon on two more occasions as first he made a superb block to deny Struijk and then showed quick reactions to turn a deflected effort from Poveda around the post.

Ultimately, the Canaries wouldn't be able to find a goal on the day against the Peacocks, going home empty-handed, but they could return with their heads held high after an admirable performance against partial first-team opposition.

Leeds United starting XI: Casilla, Drameh, Davis, Struijk, Cresswell, Casey, Hernandez, Jenkins, Roberts, Raphinha, Poveda
Bookings: Hernandez (30), Raphinha (72), Jenkins (77)
Goals: Poveda (2), Raphinpha (40)

Norwich City starting XI: McCracken, Vaughan, Omobamidele, Tomkinson, Stewart (Nizet, 80), Dronfield, Giurgi (Dennis, 54), McAlear, Omotoye, Dickson-Peters, Hondermarck (Khumbeni, 65)
Booked: McALear (58)
Goals: N/A

Norwich Manager Daniel Farke Explains Why He Let Tom Trybull Join Rivals Balckburn

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has defended his decision to let midfielder Tom Trybull leave the club this summer, when he joined Norwich’s Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan on the final day of the summer transfer window, something which raised eyebrows around some certain sections of the Carrow Road support.

Farke however, stands by the call he made in letting the midefielder leave, and discussing that decision, the Canaries boss told The Pink Un: “He had lots of time but no other club apart from Blackburn called us.

“So we have a decision whether to pay his salary and have an individual coach working with him. Will he lose his value in the future, as he still contracted to us? He can’t play against us and we have the right to call him back in January to allow a different move.

“It is tricky but from the business point of view it was the right decision and also Tom’s big wish.”

Indeed, it seems the decision to let Trybull go is not one that hugely concerns Farke from a football perspective, as he added: “Right now if we are scared Tom wins the Championship title for Blackburn then we should have kept him. We were transparent and honest and even before the summer we told Tom he could leave.”

Reflecting on Trybull’s time at the club, it seems as though Farke feels he has avoided some issues by letting the midfielder move on, as the 43-year-old continued: “We made a decision in the summer, and it was not an easy one. Tom came here originally because of me. He came on trial when no other club in Germany was interested. I got a lot of stick but I said I wanted Tom and no one else. He did brilliantly for us in two seasons.

“But Tom, as a player, always wants to be on the pitch and when he is not he can be a bit moody and his body language is maybe not great.”

Trybull made his debut for Blackburn when he came on as a late substitute in the Lancashire club’s 3-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.

Norwich City vs Wycombe Wanderers: Team News

The Canaries did it the hard way against both Rotherham and Birmingham, and Wycombe pitch up at Carrow Road looking for a first point of the Championship season following promotion.

Seasoned watchers will know that means anything but a foregone conclusion for Farke’s upwardly mobile squad who, for all their dominance of territory and possession in recent games, have still to find a genuine cutting edge.

Christoph Zimmermann (calf) is ruled out again after missing the past two games. Farke had expected him to return to training midweek and fresh scans have not flagged anything of concern but the big centre back is still feeling some pain and will now continue to be monitored by the club’s medical staff.

Teemu Pukki has been passed fit after departing in the closing stages with what his head coach confirmed was a bout of cramp. Marco Stiepermann is also back in the mix but not ready to start following a neck issue and then an illness that saw him sit out the midweek game. Farke reported no fresh injury concerns.

Onel Hernandez (adductor), Kieran Dowell (ankle) and Sam Byram (hamstring) are not expected to be in contention until early in the new year.

While Josip Drmic and Moritz Leitner are not part of the plans for the new season.

Norwich City Fined £5000 For Failing To Control Players

Rotherham and Norwich have each been fined £5,000 after admitting a charge of failing to control their players following an incident in their Sky Bet Championship clash last weekend.

Players were embroiled in an angry confrontation after Millers defender Angus MacDonald was sent off for a dreadful challenge on on-loan Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp during the Canaries’ 2-1 win at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The FA charged both clubs with a breach of FA Rule E20 and gave them until Monday, October 26 to provide their respective responses.

The FA said in a statement: “Rotherham United FC and Norwich City FC have been fined £5,000 each after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E20 and accepting the standard penalty.

“Both clubs failed to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during an EFL Championship fixture on Saturday 17 October 2020.”


Team News: Cantwell fit for Birmingham Match

Daniel Farke has declared Todd Cantwell fit for Norwich City's latest Championship match against Birmingham City on Tuesday night.

Cantwell missed the Canaries' victory over Rotherham United on Saturday with a minor injury but he trained on Sunday and Farke says the England youth international is back in contention.

However, there wasn't such positive news on the fitness of Christoph Zimmermann with the City centre-back set to miss out once again with a calf problem.

"The plan was to bring him into team training on Sunday but he was still symptomatic so that's a negative surprise," said Farke at his pre-match press conference.

"The new plan is to bring him back on Wednesday so he's available for the Wycombe game."

Oliver Skipp was on the receiving end of a nasty tackle on Saturday, ending up in the culprit, Rotherham's Angus MacDonald, receiving a straight red card.

However, the Tottenham Hotspur loanee should be fine for the game against the Blues.

"Oliver Skipp will train with us this afternoon and is available for tomorrow. Thank god, the challenge was on his quad and not his knee," added Farke.

Transfer News: Norwich's Trybull 'on verge' of signing for Blackburn

Norwich City midfielder, Tom Trybull is on the verge of joining Blackburn Rovers.

According to The Athletic’s Norwich City correspondent, Michael Bailey, Trybull is currently having a medical ahead of a season long loan with the Lancashire club.

Trybull was told to find a new club in the summer and  appears to be on the verge of signing for a strong fellow Championship side. Blackburn are a team team that should be considered as play-off contenders this season. A fact that makes them a genuine rival to the Canaries and is it really wise to strengthen a rival?

He will join a growing forNorwich contingent at Ewood Park, currently consisting of two former fan favourites in midfielders Bradley Johnson and Elliot Bennett.

Transfer News: Norwich 'Expect' Cantwell To Remain At Club

Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell is expected to remain at the Championship club beyond Friday's domestic transfer deadline.

England U21 international Cantwell has been the subject of interest from a number of clubs over the summer, notably from Leeds United in the Premier League.

However, Sky Sports News has been told Norwich have not received any official offers for Cantwell, who has two years left on his current contract at Carrow Road.

Premier League and EFL clubs can still do business until 5pm on Friday after the international deadline - where English clubs could buy, sell and loan players from abroad - closed on October 5.

Cantwell scored seven goals in 40 appearances across all competitions for Norwich last season as the Canaries finished bottom of the Premier League under Daniel Farke.

Transfer Rumour: Aston Villa & Leeds Linked with £20m Buendia Swoop

Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Norwich City playmaker Emi Buendia.

Buendia was linked with Villa earlier this window and the Daily Mail are claiming that Dean Smith's side and Premier League rivals Leeds United are 'vying' to make a move.

The clubs have until Friday at 5pm to get a deal done as that is when the window for transfers between Premier League and English Football League (EFL) clubs shuts.

Buendia, who return from an absence to make his first appearance of the season against Derby County before the international break, is into his third season with Norwich.

The 23 year-old starred in a struggling Norwich side, who finished bottom, last season, with only Villa captain Jack Grealish, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold creating more chances than Buendia.

He has also been linked with a move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce and sadly for Norwich where Buendia is a fans favourite a stay in the Championship this season for him now looks unlikely.