Norwich City fans could get their first look at new signings Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner in club colours in tomorrow’s friendly against Dutch champions Ajax at Carrow Road (7.45pm).

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The winger from Leeds and centre-half from Sunderland were training with their new team-mates for the first time yesterday, and manager Chris Hughton said they could see some action in the first home friendly of the pre-season programme, against an Ajax side who won 1-0 at Southampton on Saturday.

“Whether they would start or not, I’m not sure, but possibly we’ll see them play some part on Tuesday,” said Hughton after Saturday’s comfortable 2-0 victory at Peterborough United.

“We’re looking forward to seeing them. On the timings of the signings, particularly with Michael Turner who has just come back from a tour to Korea, it’s important that he’s able to get a few things sorted out before he joins us.”

Hughton said he was delighted with the capture of 28-year-old Turner.

“He’s a player of Premier League experience, and he’s a good age because we are a relatively young squad and if I’m able to bring in that little bit of experience, I think it will be a benefit for us,” he said.

As for Snodgrass, he added: “We are delighted to have got him in front of whoever else, to secure his services. He’s another flexible player who can play in a few positions and add goals and he’s at a good age as well. Speaking to Robert, he’s absolutely delighted with the move and he’s somebody who’s very much looking forward to playing in the Premier League.”

None of City’s summer signings featured against Posh, with midfielder Jacob Butterfield continuing his recovery from a knee injury and Scotland international defender Steven Whittaker, who is nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the 1-0 win at Celtic, very unlikely to play in either the Ajax game or the trip to MK Dons on Friday.

“At the moment we’re still assessing it. We’re hoping he’s not going to be too bad,” said Hughton. “I think he’ll certainly miss at least the next week.”

Midfielder David Fox is another absentee with a knee injury that has kept him out of full training.

“He still has yet to train with us,” said Hughton. “He’s doing some very good running and I’m hopeful he might be able to train with us at some stage this week, which will be important because in effect, apart from young Tom Adeyemi, he’s the only one really I haven’t seen.

“Everybody else has trained so I look forward to seeing him on the training pitch. It’s a little problem with his knee but only slight – if it was anything more than that there would be some concern. It’s just a matter of time.”

Goals from Steve Morison and James Vaughan gave the Canaries a comfortable victory over Championship side Posh in the London Road sunshine. Morison struck after 32 minutes when he beat goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik from close range and second-half substitute Vaughan rasped home the second with five minutes left.

City used 20 players with only goalkeeper Declan Rudd and centre-half Leon Barnett playing the full 90 minutes.

Posh should have moved ahead in the 12th minute but Tyrone Barnett headed over from George Boyd’s cross.

Olejnik kept out a close-range header from Morison after 20 minutes and Simeon Jackson fired the wrong side of the post after riding two challenges, while Nathaniel Knight-Percival put a free header wide from Grant McCann’s corner at the other end.

Morison gave City the lead when Simon Lappin’s cross from the left was only partly cleared, and Andrew Surman helped the ball back to the striker, who lifted a close-range effort over Olejnik.

City made one change at the interval as one former Posh man replaced another, Ryan Bennett taking Russell Martin’s place at right-back.

Jackson twice went close before Olejnik foiled Chris Martin with his legs, and Rudd was brought into action twice in quick succession to deny Tyrone Barnett and Paul Taylor.

After 15 changes – seven by Posh and eight by City – Vaughan made the game safe in the 85th minute when he rifled in a rising shot from Grant Holt’s pass, his third goal in as many matches.

• Peterborough United: Olejnik; Richens (Little, 67), Zakuani (Brisley, 67), Knight-Percival, Nthle (Grant, 67); Mendez-Laing (Swanson, 50), Bostwick (Frecklington, 67), McCann (Newell, 67), Boyd (Kearns, 67); Tyrone Barnett (Tomlin, 67), Taylor (Ajose, 78). Subs (not used): Day, Sage, Lawlor.

• Norwich City: Rudd; Russell Martin (Ryan Bennett, 45), Leon Barnett, Ayala (Ward, 70), Lappin (Tierney, 70); Crofts (Howson, 70); Hoolahan (Elliott Bennett, 70), Surman (Bradley Johnson, 70 min); Jackson (Pilkington, 70), Morison (Holt, 70), Chris Martin (Vaughan, 70). Sub (not used): Ruddy.

• Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)

7 comments

  • That`s right, goldie. we did get cold-c****d a few times last season, including penalties. We don`t want to always be playing catch-up. I`m sure Hoots is on the case. He was a defender!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • I think there's hope for us yet MB - we're both a good age!

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Take a deep gulp, (I would suggest single malt) We will wave as we pass u by. PS where on earth is Alan Partridge

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    WackyJacky USA

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • IS there a good age, canarydownunder? I sometimes think folk round these paaarts are born old, live dead & grow infantile. But as long as they`re happy, Bless. There are a few Wroxymorons in there for you to enjoy! I bet you suffer Duck-billed platitudes in your neck of the woods. Venomous little boogers! ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Sounds like City are still slow to get going in defence, opportunities in the first 20 mins. for the opposition just like last season. Defence need to come out ready to defend from the start.

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    goldie

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • What you mean "We" ke-mo sah-bee? Are you a trusty scout or just a Lone Ranger? If you are a troll from another club, you should show your colours or face execution as a spy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • The defence would have been better if Ryan Bennett had started at right back. Ayala isn't sharp enough yet coming forward, making basic mistakes about when to run and when to release the ball. Lappin had a good game and Barnett was OK. I hope Hughton plays some of the newbies at MK, as I am going there and not to Carrow Road to see Ajax play them. I am exiled in Hertfordshire, hence the attendance at Pboro & MK. As they say, "You can take the boy out of Norwich, but you can't take Norwich out of the boy." OTBC

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

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