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Norwich 1 United 1: de Laet show earns depleted Reds a deserved draw

Posted by nickogs20 on July 25, 2009

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July 25th 2009, 3pm
Carrow Road, Norwich

Norwich City Man Utd
Norwich City 1-1 Manchester United XI
Adeyemi 21 de Laet 85
Hewson missed pen 35

 
A Ritchie de Laet equaliser five minutes from time handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a deserved share of the spoils at Carrow Road this afternoon, as a somewhat makeshift United XI bounced back from an early Norwich goal and a first-half penalty miss to outplay their League One opposition in the second forty-five minutes.

Canaries midfielder Tom Adeyemi gave the home side just reward for an impressive first twenty minutes with a great strike from outside the area, and debutant goalkeeper Ben Alnwick – a loan signing from Tottenham – gave Bryan Gunn’s team another boost when he plunged to his left to turn away Sam Hewson’s spot-kick ten minutes before the break. The Reds adjusted better to the inevitable second-half changes however, and went close on a number of occasions before the unlikely figure of de Laet got in behind the City backline to slot home a late leveller.

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