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Norwich City 2 Brentford 1

1 August 2015

Cameron Jerome's 66th minute goal wins it for Norwich.

Brentford lost 2-1 at Carrow Road in their final pre-season friendly before the new season. Andre Gray cancelled out Wes Hoolahan's 17th minute opener within seconds but Jereome's second half goal won the game for Norwich.

Norwich ran out worthy winners, with the scoreline a fair reflection of the game. The Brentford defence stood exposed at times, especially in the second half.

Brentford were without Moses Odubajo and Stuart Dallas, so Nico Yennaris began the game at right back with Yoann Barbet in central defence with Harlee Dean again given the captain’s armband. In midfield, Konstantin Kerschbaumer, Toumani Diagouraga, and Alan Judge all started. Andre Gray led front line with Lasse Vibe and Andy Gogia either side of him.

Grabban almost gave the hosts the lead in 21 seconds but his shot went over David Button’s crossbar. Wes Hoolahan gave Norwich the lead in the 17th minute, chipping the ball over Button from inside the penalty area.

Brentford struck back within seconds, Andre Gray firing in a right foot shot from the edge of the penalty area that gave goalkeeper Jon Ruddy no chance. 

At half time, Brentford made three substitutions, Alan McCormack, Jota and James Tarkowski replacing Nico Yennaris, Lasse Vibe and Yoann Barbet. Norwich City scored the winner in the 66th minute.

A cross field pass, which had a hint of offside split the Brentford defence and Jerome sped forward and slotted past Button inside the box. Substitute Philipp Hofmann had a chance to level in the 78th minute but Ruddy reacted well to his shot from a right wing cross from McCormack.

Ruddy was again on hand to deny Gogia and Tebar but the match ended with Norwich as winners.

Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker (sub Wisdom 62 mins), Martin, Bassong, Brady; Howson, Mulumbu (sub R. Bennett 80 mins), Dorrans (sub Tettey 73 mins), Johnson (sub Jerome 62 mins); Hoolahan (sub Redmond 62 mins); Grabban (sub Andreu 73 mins).
Subs not used: Rudd.

Brentford: Button, Yennaris (sub McCormack 46), Bidwell, Kerschbaumer (sub Tebar 71 mins, Barbet (sub Tarkowski 46 mins), Dean (sub O'Connell 81 mins), Vibe (sub Jota 46 mins), Diagouraga, Gray (sub Hofmann 71 mins), Judge, Gogia.

Sub (not used): Bonham.

Attendance: 10,606


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