Fit-again Norwich City summer signing Jacob Butterfield pressed his Premier League claims by playing 90 minutes in today’s U21 league 3-0 defeat to Reading at Colney.

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Butterfield tested Royals’ keeper Jonathan Henly twice after the break in a much-improved second half showing from Scott Marshall’s previously unbeaten troops.

Korey Smith also started but was forced to leave the field 30 minutes into the game after failing to shake off a turned ankle injured in the warm up. Chris Hughton and the rest of his backroom team were interested spectators in a competitive contest played out in sweltering temperatures.

Reading frontman Lawson D’Ath punished a sluggish start for the home side with a brace inside the opening seven minutes before completing his hat-trick in the closing stages after muscular work from powerful frontman Uche Ikpeazu.

Butterfield was deployed just off Jamar Loza in the early exchanges, but it was D’Ath who caught the eye when he raced beyond a static home defence to rifle an angled strike across Jed Steer. The Reading striker then doubled his tally with a swivelling shot from the opposite side of the City penalty area,

Loza’s snapshot drifted wide before Reece Hall-Johnson planted a header wider from Jacob Murphy’s inviting centre just before the half-hour mark. Smith was withdrawn a minute later for Cameron McGeehan - making his way back to the changing rooms unaided around the far side of the pitch. Olumide Durojaiye signalled City’s greater attacking intent with a rising drive two minutes after the restart before Butterfield turned neatly and forced Henly to claw his low bouncing strike behind. The Royals’ stopper then needed to beat away a powerful burst and shot from Loza. Butterfield’s cute step over took him away from Matt Partridge but again Henly stood firm - although he was indebted to Reading full-back Nick Arnold shortly afterwards for hacking Loza’s close range poke off the visitors’ goalline.

Hall-Johnson’s miscued back heel from Loza’s weak initial strike on 66 minutes proved a costly miss when Ikpeazu brushed aside Durojaiye inside the Norwich area to pick out D’Ath who slotted past Steer from close range.

• Norwich: Steer, McNeil, Barker, Durojaiye, Gafaiti (McFadden 45), Sheriff (King 73), Jacob Murphy, Smith (McGeehan 30), Loza, Butterfield, Hall-Johnson. Subs (not used): Josh Murphy, Matthews.

• Booking: McGeehan

• Reading: Henly, Arnold, Webb, Tshibola, Gunnarsson, Patridge, Taylor, D’Ath, Samuel, Tanner (Ikpeazu 20 (Oliyide 87)), Losasso. Subs: Cooper, Lincoln, Wilkinson.

• Booking: Ikpeazu

• Goals: D’Ath (5,7,76)

• Referee A Crysell

6 comments

  • Nope, I think we are still waiting MBA. I think it will be a few games yet before we see him in the first team.

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Also, as its a slow news day, what is Snodgrass's official position? as i thought he was an attacking midfield player, however when i look up NCFC squad i keep finding listed as a fwd, also he is listed as a fwd for Scotland. confooosed i is.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • tough to turn this into good news? Butterfield back in a 0-3 defeat - remind me again what area of the pitch he plays or has most impact in?

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    malmocanary

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • He's well down the order at the moment. Fox, Howson and born-again Johnson deserve a run together, and there's Tettey in the wings too. Early interviews suggest he's not short of confidence, so suggest when he is unleashed he'll be raring to go! Exactly what we need! OTBC

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • It is great news that he came through the game, an ACL replacement is difficult to get over, both physically and mentally. It is hard to stop yourself pulling out of a tackle, which can be more dangerous than going in. However, 0-3 against Reading does not say a lot for the much vaunted academy :(

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Do we think butterfield has managed a smile yet?

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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