Player watch: James Husband shows signs of improvement in Norwich City’s victory at Brentford in Carabao Cup third round

James Husband of Norwich in action during the Carabao Cup match at Griffin Park, London. Picture by

James Husband of Norwich in action during the Carabao Cup match at Griffin Park, London. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

This evening’s player watch kept a close eye on left-back James Husband as he was restored to Norwich City’s starting line-up for a 3-1 win at Brentford in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

2 – Rises high above Florian Jozefzoon to win a commanding early header from a long kick forward from Bees keeper Luke Daniels.

9 – 1-0 – Husband bursts over halfway on the left, lays off to Josh Murphy but keeps going forward to buy his team-mate space, who plays through to Marley Watkins, who is barged over by centre-back Chris Mepham – which Marios Vrancic calmly rolls home.

19 – Picked out in space on the left by Trybull and plays a fine ball down the wing to Murphy, who runs into Mepham but penalty appeals are waved away.

20 – Another burst forward but poor cross from the former Middlesbrough man, which Vrancic keeps alive to win a free-kick, which he fires just wide from the edge of the box.

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23 – Wes Hoolahan finds Watkins on the edge of the box, the forward plays Husband into the left channel but Mepham tackles back to put the ball out for a corner as the full-back tries to cut inside for a shot.

26 – Jozefzoon tries a step-over as he aims to deliver a cross from the bye-line but Husband slides in to put the ball out for a throw.

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44 – Wins an important header against Jozefzoon as Brentford try to counter after a City attack breaks down.

50 – 2-2 – Calm header down to Murphy from a goal-kick, who cuts inside and finds Hoolahan, who is brought down on the edge of the box and Vrancic bends home a free-kick from 25 yards.

55 – Dodgy back-pass to Gunn, bouncing, but the keeper controls calmly and clears.

57 – Charges to the bye-line and pulls back a low cross, which finds its way to Harrison Reed with keeper Daniels out of his goal, only for the Southampton loanee to blast just wide.

81 – Fine interception to halt cross from the right from Bees substitute Henrik Dalsgaard.

Verdict: The left-back’s best game in a City shirt yet, full of running and desire to get forward, as well as reasonably solid against the occasional threat on his side.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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