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City Hold Top Flight Canaries


21:34 7th August 2012


Hull City 0
Norwich 0

The Tigers drew their final pre-season match of the summer as they held Premier League side Norwich 0-0 at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night.

Liam Rosenior made his first appearance of pre-season after recovering from an Achilles problem and he was joined in the side by Ben Amos, Abdoulaye Faye, Sone Aluko and Nick Proschwitz who were all making their first home appearances for the club.

Former City favourite Michael Turner started for the visitors and the centre back was the target for an early Anthony Pilkington free kick, but the home side defended the danger well.

Robert Snodgrass, who received plenty of stick for his Leeds United connections, looked dangerous early on and from his right wing cross, Grant Holt headed over from close range when he probably should have done better.

City’s first dangerous moment came on six minutes when Robert Koren delivered a fine set-piece into the Norwich box, but neither Faye or Proschwitz could get a telling touch at the far post.

James Chester produced a fine block to deny Snodgrass a minute later while at the other end, a dangerous run from Aluko was snuffed out at the near post.

Snodgrass was inches away from giving Norwich the lead on 22 minutes, curling a pull-back from Johnny Howson just wide from 18 yards.

City enjoyed their best spell of the half around the half-hour as Aluko and Proshwitz linked well, but nothing came from a couple of half chances.

Amos reacted well to tip a deflected cross over his own bar just before half time.

Half Time: Tigers 0-0 Norwich

Having completed an encouraging 45 minutes, Rosenior was withdrawn at half time and replaced by Paul McShane in the only City change.

Norwich were the brighter side at the start of the second half and Russell Martin saw a looping header pushed over the bar by Amos.

City’s first threat came with a neat ball aimed for Proschwitz, but it proved to be just too long for the big striker.

Proschwitz then linked up well with Aaron Mclean, but he smashed a volley over the bar from 25 yards.

Norwich made a whole host of changes midway through the half, but City were now looking the more comfortable side, enjoying lengthy spells of possession.

However, chances were few and far between and the deadlock remained unbroken in what was a useful run-out for both teams.

Tigers: Ben Amos, Liam Rosenior (Paul McShane 46), Abdoulaye Faye (Danny East 70), James Chester, Joe Dudgeon, Paul McKenna (Jamie Devitt 89), Tom Cairney, Robert Koren, Sone Aluko (Cameron Stewart 70), Aaron Mclean (Matty Fryatt 65), Nick Proschwitz (Jay Simpson 85).

Subs Not Used: Eldin Jakupovic, Conor Townsend.

Norwich: John Ruddy, Russell Martin, Michael Turner, Bradley Johnson, Grant Holt, Anthony Pilkington, Elliott Bennett, Marc Tierney, Johnny Howson, Robert Snodgrass, Ryan Bennett.

Subs: Declan Rudd, Steve Morison, James Vaughan, Simeon Jackson, Andrew Surman, Chris Martin, Simon Lappin, Leon Barnett, George Francomb.

Referee: Mr M. Brown.

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