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6 November 2014

Dominant Canaries see off resilient Hammers

JAMIE Eaton-Collins scored two minutes after coming off the bench to earn Norwich City's Under-21s a 1-0 victory over ten-man West Ham United at Colney.

The second-year scholar neatly converted Cameron Norman's cross on 76 minutes to finally make the breakthrough for a dominant Canaries side.

West Ham's cause was greatly hindered when full-back Lewis Page was sent off after just 15 minutes for a professional foul as he tripped Jamar Loza.

City quickly penned in their opponents, with Adel Gafaiti scuffing a shot from Ray Grant's ball and Loza being stopped by 'keeper Sam Howes after an excellent pass from Cameron McGeehan.

Reece Hall-Johnson and Carlton Morris also saw efforts denied before half-time, but the contest continued in much the same manner after the break.

Howes pulled off an acrobatic save to keep out Sam Kelly's deflected drive just prior to Conor McGrandles this time finding the Hammers' goalkeeper in the way.

West Ham rallied and Ben Killip had to be on hand to keep out Sebastien Lletget and Kieran Sadlier, but it was Norwich who eventually broke the deadlock 14 minutes from time.

Norman benefited from a swift move across the edge of the box to find himself in space on the right, and Eaton-Collins finished tidily from his low cross to bag his second goal of the season at this level.

A competitive West Ham side never surrendered but City held firm to record their third win of the campaign.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 1-0 West Ham United

NORWICH CITY: Killip; Norman, McFadden (c), Gafaiti, Kelly; McGeehan; McGrandles, Grant (Lewis 67); Hall-Johnson; Loza (Eaton-Collins 74), Morris. Subs not used: Efete, Oxborough (GK), Fox.

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