21 August 2020 18:42
City begin pre-season by thrashing MK Dons Josh Martin of Norwich scores his sides 2nd goal during the Pre-season friendly match at Lotus Training Centre, Colney Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 21/08/2020 ©Focus Images Limited -images.co.uk +447814 482222 Norwich City began their pre-season preparations with a 6-0 thrashing of Russell Martin's MK Dons at Colney. The game took place behind closed doors and saw a number of City's summer signings feature. Daniel Farke opted not to include any of the five players who have been described as City's 'crown jewels' in his first-half XI, with Bali Mumba, Jacob Sorensen and Sam McCallum all earning a start. City had a host of chances in the opening exchanges, with Danel Sinani and Przemyslaw Placheta hitting the woodwork inside the opening ten minutes. Josh Martin gave the Canaries the lead after 14 minutes.
Sinani raced onto the loose ball and drove towards goal, before teeing up Josh Martin who emphatically dispatched his effort into the net. Oliver Skipp, Adam Idah and Onel Hernandez were introduced at the interval as Farke shuffled his pack in order to give minutes to the majority of his squad. City were awarded a penalty five minutes after the restart when Hernandez was fouled in the area - but Idah missed the target with his spot-kick, shooting over the bar. Dons substitute keeper Sam Walker made a string to excellent saves to prevent City extending their advantage - the best came as he denied Idah after the Irish youth international had raced through on goal and seemed certain to score. Hernandez added a fifth minutes later after swivelling in the area to create space prior to finding the top corner with a thumping strike from inside the area.
Buendia then got in on the act and added a sixth after the Canaries once again stole possession inside the Dons half. City will now travel to Germany for a week-long training camp - with their first friendly taking place on Monday against third division side SC Verl. pic.twitter.com/fMxcV6od2i — Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 21, 2020 pic.twitter.com/97Z6SWnQ6h — Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 21, 2020 pic.twitter.com/ALQSZlQamI — Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 21, 2020 The best images from City's emphatic friendly win over MK Dons Max Aarons, left, set up Adam Idah for City's fourth goal against the Pons Pictures: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images ©Focus Images Limited -images.co.uk +447814 482222 Norwich City's refreshed squad got their pre-season campaign up and running with a 6-0 friendly win over MK Dons this afternoon - with plenty of new players in action, as shown in our gallery from the game. Young midfielder Josh Martin fired the Canaries 2-0 up against MK Dons Pictures: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Young midfielder Josh Martin fired the Canaries 2-0 up against MK Dons Pictures: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Although the game at the Lotus Training Centre in Colney was behind closed doors - with fans urged not to attend due to coronavirus restrictions - our regular Canaries photographer, Paul Chesterton of Focus Images, was able to observe from a distance. City legend Russell Martin brought his League One side to his former training ground as both teams stepped up preparations for the 2020-21 campaign. Josh Martin put City 1-0 up against MK Dons with a tidy finish at the Lotus Training Centre Josh Martin put City 1-0 up against MK Dons with a tidy finish at the Lotus Training Centre Norwich, fresh from Premier League relegation, moved through the gears to lead 2-0 at the break thanks to a brace from youngster Josh Martin - with summer signings Danel Sinani and Przemyslaw Placheta setting up the goals. As a host of substitutions began, Marco Stiepermann added a third early in the second half, Adam Idah made up for missing a penalty as he made it 4-0. Danel Sinani, right, teed up Josh Martin for City's opener against the Dons Danel Sinani, right, teed up Josh Martin for City's opener against the Dons From left, Norwich City's head of recruitment Kieran Scott, sporting director Stuart Webber and loans manager Neil Adams watch the friendly against against Milton Keynes From left, Norwich City's head of recruitment Kieran Scott, sporting director Stuart Webber and loans manager Neil Adams watch the friendly against against Milton Keynes Summer signing Danel Sinani tries a shot at goal during the first half against MK Dons Pictures: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Summer signing Danel Sinani tries a shot at goal during the first half against MK Dons Pictures: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Canaries midfielder Lukas Rupp chases Daniel Kasumu of MK Dons Canaries midfielder Lukas Rupp chases Daniel Kasumu of MK Dons Canaries legend Russell Martin brought his MK Dons team to Colney for a friendly Canaries legend Russell Martin brought his MK Dons team to Colney for a friendly Norwich City started their host of pre-season fixtures in the best way possible after beating Milton Keynes Dons side 6-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Friday. Daniel Farke introduced some of City's newest signings to a wealth of minutes in the starting line-up, Bali Mumba, Sam McCallum, Jacob Sorensen, Przemyslaw Placheta, Kieran Dowell and Danel Sinani all finding themselves in the eleven. It didn't take long for some of the Canaries newest signings to get themselves involved, Placheta and Sinani linking up nicely in the opening exchanges. Placheta's lightning pace continued to wreak havoc among the Dons' backline, breaking through once more to see himself one-on-one with the 'keeper on the left side of the box, his shot finding no luck again as it rolled just wide of the post. Just minutes later, Sinani fancied himself in front of goal once more, his shot from the edge of the 18-yard box ringing off the crossbar. The Canaries wouldn't have to wait long for a goal however, Josh Martin breaking the deadlock for the home side. An MK Dons' mistake saw the opportunity for a counter-attack capitalised on from City, getting bodies forward with pace. Sinani led the charge, but saw Martin coming into the box free on his right, squaring it to the Academy product to fire home. Despite the Dons' kicking off fired up, they remained open for another Canaries attack, Martin bagging his brace just eight minutes after his first goal. Placheta continued to assault the wing with his relentless pace, breaking free from the defence and swinging a low-driven cross into the box. The Canaries continued on the front foot nicely as they stifled the attacks of Russell Martin's side, but the Dons' held out until the half-time whistle, seeing the deficit at 2-0 by the 45-minute mark. Just four-minutes into the second-half, City were awarded a penalty after a foul in the 18-yard box. It didn't take long for City to recover with another goal, however. A quiet 20-minutes ensued shortly after Stiepermann's finish, City cruising comfortably through the match. With just over 15-minutes left on the clock the Irish striker finished nicely from close-range, the second academy product to do so in the 90. City weren't done there either, Hernandez adding the fifth on 79 minutes. Five still wasn't enough for the Canaries, adding the cherry on top with a sixth in the 86th-minute, as nice passing play saw Emi Buendia tap his finish into an open net to round the match off, the MK Dons' 'keeper caught off his line. Norwich City XI: Krul, Mumba, Zimmermann, Klose (c), McCallum, Rupp, Sorensen, Martin, Placheta, Dowell, Sinani Goals: Martin (15, 23) Stiepermann (53), Idah (74), Hernandez (79), Buendia (86)