Ryan Bennett impressed with Norwich City team mate James Vaughan

James Vaughan latches on to a Grant Holt throughball to seal victory against Peterborough. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images James Vaughan latches on to a Grant Holt throughball to seal victory against Peterborough. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, July 30, 2012
11:52 AM

Striker James Vaughan took the plaudits again as Norwich City chalked up their second successive pre-season victory on the road.

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Vaughan struck with a clinical finish five minutes from time to wrap up the Canaries’ 2-0 friendly win over Peterborough United at London Road on Saturday, after Steve Morison had given them an interval lead.

After an injury-wrecked first season with the club, in which he made just six first team appearances, the former Everton forward has scored three goals in City’s first three warm-up games, kicking off with a double in the 3-2 defeat by Hertha Berlin in Austria.

“He’s one of the most determined players I’ve seen,” said team-mate Ryan Bennett, who played the whole of the second half against former club Posh.

“I’ve been impressed with him since I came in. Everyone knows the ability he’s got.

“He’s been unfortunate with the injuries he’s picked up along the way but I’m sure once he has a good run and gets a lot of training under his belt, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.”

Manager Chris Hughton has also been quietly impressed with 24-year-old Vaughan’s appetite for the game in the three weeks since City returned to training.

As one of eight substitutes introduced after 70 minutes against Posh, he looked sharp and took his goal – from Grant Holt’s excellent pass – with some style.

“We made an awful lot of changes in the last 20 minutes. We hoped to bring them on a little bit before that, but it’s sometimes hard to get into your stride,” said Hughton.

“At this stage of the game, the last thing you want as a defender is a striker that is going to come on, playing on your shoulder who has a little bit of pace to get on beyond you, so yes, it was a good time to bring him and we benefited from it.”

Hughton has adopted different systems at different stages of City’s games so far, using three strikers in the second half of the 1-0 win at Celtic and for most of the game at London Road. But he said there was no special significance in the formation – it was more a case of getting everyone time on the pitch.

“At the moment I’ve got five strikers and as opposed to playing two strikers and leaving one out, what I prefer at this stage is to make sure everybody is getting the right amount of minutes they will need in this pre-season period. It’s a question of getting a feel for the players and adapting to what I’ve got.”

22 comments

  • Unlike trisca Trolls. (anag)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Must say he looks a bit scary bearing down on the goal, and that's a good thing. A more impressive goal than Moro's toe-poke but they all count.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • It`s funny how all three recruits were good players until they cast off their shackles with Leeds. Seem to remember Colin once professed his intention of building a team around Snodgrass, gave him the best ever contract offer at Leeds and made him captain. Are you a revisionist historian, Wacky?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I am wondering whether to play James Vaughan in my Fantasy Football team. If he keeps up this strike rate he is an absolute bargain.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • I seem to remember JV played well the first few friendlies & reserve games for City like he has done at every other club and if David Moyes didnt see potential then i dont see why we would?! if he gets injured again i would ship him off, better still id cash in and swap with some dosh for Rhodes!!! I want City to do well i just dont want to pin my hopes on someone who has ALWAYS had injury problems... reminds me of Owen Hargreaves

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    Penfold

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Yet again not a rude or derisory comment posted but it has vanished! Simply tried to give MB links to watch the games.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • I try not to get too excited by pre season friendly form, but it is encouraging to see the managers comments , CH could be in for a good season at the helm, and if james vaughan stays fit he could be our best buy of the summer { i know he was here on the injury table last season]. quietly confident of a better season than last year!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Wonderhorse is champion at those little through balls if he has a pacey strike partner. JV and Cinnamon both fit that description. I have a good feeling about this. Most Naaridge fans round these paarts are pessimistic as Hell! Attention span thing; they`ve forgotten August 2009 @ The Carra.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Thanks for trying, blackdog. It is appreciated. And not at all "offensive"!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Like many things that happen on here it is beyond the thinking of normal humans, trolls have unlimited access but try to post a simple straight forward and not derisory comment and it vanishes never to be seen again! This Archant attitude is the very reason I hardly bother to come on here now.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • However bad things are in Norfolk, it is comforting to think that they could always get worse ;-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • ....and to be fair to The Horse, that was a peach of a pass to set him up at London Road, home of East Anglia's Second XI.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • JV could be part of that new blood, Lobbo. He`s quite a intimidating, chunky & combative sort of player. If he stays injury free, he could be a revelation. I hope so! Manager seems top-drawer. And so serene; no sign of "rileability". ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Good to see Hughton is good at maths. You can't divide 5 by 2 without it being messy, or should that be Messi? Chris Martin looked a bit out of sorts on the right at London Road.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Links are officially verboten in the rules, which is rather odd as there is a box for them!

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Yet again not a rude or derisory comment posted but it has vanished! Simply tried to give MB links to watch the games.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Best to avoid the wacky baccy before posting.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • All rather exciting. Just what we needed to avoid " second season syndrome". New revved up manager and new blood in the pack. Spot on.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Howson was a captain too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • Im just wondering how far down U canaries r going. Pretty deep I would think. U have Leeds cast offs who are asleep most of the season, and that includes Snoddy, but good luck to him he needed a good pay packet GUARANTEED however he plays, and the rest - well pray, u need god!

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    WackyJacky USA

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Do we have to assume that Wackybacky is a Leeds troll or is he or she going to come clean? Otherwise he will have to be summarily executed as a Confederate spy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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