MK Dons 0, Norwich City 0

Friday, August 3, 2012
9:44 PM

Goalkeeper Declan Rudd produced two splendid second-half saves to earn himself a second clean sheet for Norwich City in the space of seven days as they played out a goalless draw against MK Dons.

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The performances of new signings Michael Turner and Robert Snodgrass were the other main positives to come out of a low-key pre-season encounter with the League One side.

Rudd, who produced a shut-out in the 2-0 win at Peterborough last Saturday, enjoyed a quiet first half but produced the goods when required as he denied Dons substitutes Jay O’Shea and Daniel Powell in the second period.

Turner looked composed and strong in the air on his first appearance since arriving from Sunderland a week ago, and came close to getting on the scoresheet with a header that was blocked, shortly before he was substituted with 25 minutes left.

Snodgrass’s trickery provided some of the Canaries’ brighter moments in front of well over 800 travelling fans at Stadium MK.

Striker Steve Morison almost secured victory in stoppage time when he was denied by a great save from Dons ’keeper David Martin.

Manager Chris Hughton gave some of his established senior players a rest with John Ruddy, Russell Martin, Grant Holt, Jonny Howson and Anthony Pilkington among those sitting out the game against the League One side.

Turner made his first appearance in the centre of defence, while fellow newcomer Snodgrass started a game for the first time after his 20-minute outing against Ajax.

George Francomb was given his first outing in the seniors’ pre-season programme at right-back, while youngsters Remi Matthews, Harry Barker and Josh Murphy were named among the substitutes, Murphy getting a 10-minute run-out at the end of the game.

Ex-Canary winger Luke Chadwick was included for the Dons, but there was no place for full-back Jon Otsemobor.

It was a very low-key opening and it took 14 minutes for either side to muster a serious attempt on goal as Simeon Jackson headed over from a Snodgrass free-kick.

At the other end, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe also cleared the bar with a header from a Dean Bowditch free-kick, but the Dons defender almost scored at the wrong end moments later when he miscued his attempt to clear a Jackson cross and struck it against his standing foot, the ball looping over his own crossbar.

The Dons suffered another jittery moment when Snodgrass intercepted a poor kick from goalkeeper Martin and his cross into the six-yard box had to be scrambled clear.

Chadwick, who had switched to the left flank, fired wide after a one-two with skipper Dean Lewington as the game finally flickered into life.

Dons goalkeeper Martin needed attention after a collision with striker Steve Morison as they competed for a Snodgrass flick into the six-yard box.

Lewington was next in the wars after a challenge from Chris Martin and, when play restarted, Jackson intercepted a Lewington pass and cut in from the left but shot across goal.

Snodgrass was in the thick of the action, testing Martin with a well-struck drive after swerving inside on to his left foot, while Alan Smith flicked a header over the top in a rare MK break.

City were generally having the better of things but there was stalemate at the end of a low-key opening period.

Goalkeeper Declan Rudd was finally brought into action six minutes after the break but was right behind Stephen Gleeson’s 20-yard drive.

Rudd produced a brilliant save two minutes later, however, to keep City on terms as Dons substitute O’Shea weaved inside from the left flank and unleashed a swerving effort that the ’keeper tipped acrobatically over the top.

After 58 minutes, new signing Turner came as close as anyone to giving the Canaries the lead with a downward header from a Snodgrass corner that was blocked by ’keeper Martin, Jackson putting the rebound over the top.

It was Turner’s final significant contribution as he made way for Ryan Bennett with 25 minutes to go.

The Dons almost snatched the lead seconds later when Rudd dived to his right to deny substitute Powell, Chadwick poking the rebound wide.

An overhit backpass by Leon Barnett left Rudd with too much to do, costing City a corner, and as the Dons kept up the pressure, the ’keeper dived to his left to keep out another shot from Powell.

More trickery from Snodgrass set up a header for Barnett, but it was well over the top.

With 10 minutes left, Academy product Josh Murphy was given a taste of senior football when he was introduced for Jackson.

The Dons had penalty appeals waved away when new signing Ryan Lowe went down under challenge from Ryan Bennett.

Lowe had one more chance to make a winning start to his MK career but fired over the top from 20 yards, and Charlie Macdonald narrowly cleared the bar in the final minute.

Morison looked set to snatch a winner in stoppage time but goalkeeper Martin tipped his shot over the bar.

MK Dons – David Martin; Chicksen (O’Shea, 45 min), Mackenzie, Kouo-Doumbe, Lewington; Chadwick (Ibehre, 73 min), Gleeson, Williams, Potter (Lowe, 79 min), Bowditch (Powell, 62 min); Smith (Macdonald, 56 min). Subs (not used): McLoughlin, Burton.

Norwich City – Rudd; Francomb, Barnett, Turner (Ryan Bennett, 65 min), Lappin; Hoolahan, Surman; Snodgrass, Chris Martin, Jackson (Josh Murphy, 80 min); Morison. Subs (not used): Matthews, Barker, Johnson, Elliott Bennett.

Referee – Andy Woolmer (Northampton).

Attendance – 4,814 (845 City fans).

38 comments

  • Until I proof-read it for him the journo had the ground as "Stadiummk", which I thought was a small industrial town in Finland. ;-) Looks like Declan is coming on nicely. You are not a great fan of Morison, Sprowstonboy? It`ll be interesting to see how the striker thing pans out. What with Vaughan maybe going, C. Martin & Cinnamon maybe not quite stepping up enough, it`ll be all down to Holty & Moro. Unless we bring somebody in, or Vaughan stays. I hope he does.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I think we've skimmed all the cream off Leeds now... Better let them languish a while before coming in for any future talent.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • What u smoking wacky. Dream on and don't be bothering the big boys.

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I wonder when the last time our recently cream-skimmed feeder club got a result anywhere near as good as 3 - 3 away against the gunners in a competitive premiership match... Probably not quite as long as it will be until they match or improve on it!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Kept trying to get through to you over the weekend Brew so I resorted to the 'retort' distil clue.

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    cutty

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • The match was pretty ordinary. The highlight for me was meeting the MK Dons mascots, which are 2 cows, because of the concrete cows on the roundabout. Apparently, the ground is known as the Moocamp!

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Beyond belief. I`m beginning to feel quite vitriolic.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Suddenly I`m serially blocked again. Shameful.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • cdu, read Tasmania zoo news.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • And again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • WIVENHOEBUDGIE Hey lad or is it Lassie? Yep we have a couple of backs for ur cage, u might try "Backhoe" or "back to the bottom" - usefull additions to our cast offs, looks like MK Dons gave u a right run-arround. We will wave as were going up and u are dropping on ur rear ends. I will wish u good luck in th Championship, u'l need it.

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    WackyJacky USA

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Why am I being block and trolls get through?

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Don't know what you're drinking these days Brew but you're more weird than usual.

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Clearly the sausage is not made yet but it seems that we are still shopping for the ingredients. They say that you should just look at the finished product and not how it's made but this process is rather public!. I would like to see starting XI settling down now, accepting that two contenders have sick-notes from their mothers.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I'm not for or against Morison. He has done very well at times but it doesn't mean he can't improve. I was just trying to point out how he, and a lot of other players, just hit the ball hard in the hope it will beat the keeper, could improve. I agree re C.Martin. I am not sure if he just needs confidence, and perhaps that is why Hughton played him at Peterborough & MK, or if he needs to find the right position to play in, which may be why Hughton played him in different positions, or if he just isn't good enough. On another subject, I enjoyed the Olympic Semi-final between USA & Canade last night. Skill, aggression, excitement, and better pigtails than A.Carroll Esq!

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    Sprowstonboy

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Cutty, just seen the "distil" clue etc. I, too, will condense my thoughts. Concentrate 100% on a bit of proof-reading. That`s the Spirit!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Windolene, cutty. Like Father Jack. Makes you see things more clearly. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Or numerous other games last season. :D

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Or that 1-2 win at Spurs, Scrim! Btw, cutty, it is truly "weird" the ease with which trollery gets through when sensible comments meet with obstruction. I wonder whether US Jackanory is really TB billy in disguise? Has a strange vocabulary, though. Even weirder than TB`s.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Tell just what you consider "Weird", cutty and I`ll try to enlighten you, Grosskontrolleren willing. Maybe I am weird. Can`t worry about that! Too late now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Good to see Francomb get a run out. He did fairly well up at Hibs last season by all accounts, and could provide the cover we need at FB. I'd still be happier if we signed another left-back though. Or Naughton. Jackson always seems to start a season slowly, but I am also worried about Chris Martin. Could he end up as part of a deal for Rhodes? If not, I think he'll probably spend a lot of this season on loan again.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I hope Francomb can step up, Wiv. I`ve never seen him play but we do need another FB or 2. Pity he wasn`t a bit more involved in pre-season, specially when Whittaker turned his ankle. Could almost foretell that was going to happen. We`re all dooomed, ye ken! Better late than never for George. I wish I could stop this mini-wave of pessimism I`m currently experiencing..... OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I suppose Cafu, Mad Marc, Pilks, Wiesohn & Holty were also having a break, canarydownunder. I also hope JV isn`t injured. If he is fit, we must play him? Not loan him out, unless we get a replacement. Agree C. Martin & Cinnamon not really seeming to cut the mustard just yet, so SURELY we won`t let Pitbull go out on loan? Blackburn are, allegedly. after Rhodes now. Why would he want to go there?? Unless Venky`s deluxe version of chickenfeed is worth staying down the pecking order for. Francomb in the team. He`s a full-back! We need full-backs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I know its a crazy world but well away from the Prem local teams are now doing FA cup super preliminary rounds at only £6 entry .Have pompey given away all their fullbacks, guess so, perhaps our feeder teams in Yorkshire have a useful one.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Until I proof-read it for him the journo had the ground as "Stadiummk", which I thought was a small industrial town in Finland. ;-) Looks like Declan is coming on nicely. You are not a great fan of Morison, Sprowstonboy? It`ll be interesting to see how the striker thing pans out. What with Vaughan maybe going, C. Martin & Cinnamon maybe not quite stepping up enough, it`ll be all down to Holty & Moro. Unless we bring somebody in, or Vaughan stays. I hope he does.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Agree with all of that, Ghanawin. Other rumours have it that Blackburn are after Rhodes, too. Or is this a tangled up mess of "news"? Seems unlikely, unless Venky`s have cracked open their nest-egg? I think the time has come to settle the squad down. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • It's the weirdness that comes to us all when the joints ache and the mind flies free.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Rudd played very well at MK & Peterborough and did rpoduce some great saves.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Positive that's another clean sheet, but a disappointing lack of goals from the front men. Starting to get concerned about Jackson and C Martin. Not sure if we should read anything into the absense of Vaughan - reportingly on his way to Blackburn?

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Not allowed to defend myself against unjustified allegations of "weirdness"!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Hey Cutty or is it "CUTY"? Whats it with the 'Big Boys'? U must be meaning ur 3ft giants! 0-0 with MK Dons! Ur club is a joke, keep dreaming lad.

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    WackyJacky USA

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • P.S. I shall have to distil my thoughts without it

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • How does this preseason thing work? I thought it was in part getting players match fit and sharp.Was this game about having a last look at one or two?

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Grosskontrolleren will not allow my whimsical retort

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Steve Morison should have secured vistory near the end. His shot was at a height that made it relatively easy for the Don's keeper to save. The save wasn't outstanding and one keepers would expect to keep out most of the time. Morison should have made it more difficult by hitting the ball at ground level or lobbing the keeper. Many footballers resort to hitting the ball hard at this type of height because it is easy, they don't look bad because the keeper has made a "great save", yet it is a cop out because they are unlikely to score.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • produce, of course!

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • yes MB Francomb in team whoohoo.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • 4-2 v Newcastle not bad!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

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