Blackpool 1-3 Norwich: Murphy Tipped For The Top

Lewis Grabban is backing hot-shot Josh Murphy to be a star of the future after he bagged his first league goal for Norwich.

Just over a year ago, the England youth international was shooting the Canaries to FA Youth Cup glory against Chelsea.

Now the Wembley born forward, who is an England youth international, is pushing his way into Neil Adams’ first team after rounding off a 3-1 win over Blackpool.

And Grabban is backing him to go all the way to the top.

“He can be as good as he wants,” he said.

“He’s got the staff who are going to develop him and he’s got things to learn; he’s still so young.

“But he’s got all the attributes. He’s big, strong and very fast and technically he’s good as well. It’s all in his hands.

“It should be nice for him to get off the mark for the season.

“He’s come on a few time and made an impact. It’ll be good for his development and good for his confidence.”

Norwich had to come from behind to earn the points after Nathan Delfouneso fired Blackpool ahead seconds after the break.

But the hosts capitulated after Donervorn Daniels nodded into his own net on the hour.

That drew the Canaries level, and with ten minutes left they took the lead when Grabban’s shot from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection and bounced into the net.

Then seconds later, Murphy put the icing on the cake as he surged in from the left and curled home.

The result puts Neil Adams’ side back on top of the Championship, but Grabban is firing a warning to the rest of the division after insisting Norwich are not even in top form.

“There’s a lot of things that we’ve still got to do and still some things that we need to improve on,” he continued.

“I think it’s an upward spiral and it can only get better.

“It’s still early. It’s nice to be top and now it’s up to us to maintain it and not come out of that first or second spot.”

Meanwhile, it was a mixed afternoon for Blackpool stopper Joe Lewis, who is a boyhood Norwich fan.

He even started his career at Carrow Road and although he failed to make an appearance for the Canaries, they still hold a place close to his heart.

“It’s the first time in my career playing them and I was really looking forward to it, but obviously didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped!

“I’d have liked to have beaten them and taken the points, but I wish them all the best now.

“I hope they get promoted. I’m a Norwich fan and I hope they win when they’re not playing against us.

“They’re a good team and I’m sure they’ll be up there.”


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