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14 October 2014

Record crowd watches Canaries youngsters onto victory

NORWICH City's Development Squad produced a polished performance to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in front of a record Barclays Under-21s Premier League crowd on Tuesday night.

10,405 supporters were in attendance at Carrow Road to witness a victory earned through goals from Cameron King (2) and Carlton Morris.

It was an entirely merited three points for the Canaries, who dictated the tempo against a talented Tottenham side right from the outset, scoring after just four minutes.

Fans made the most of the offer of free entry to congregate and witness a convincing showing from the Club's most senior Academy players in a team also sprinkled with some experience.

Coach Jerry Gill utilised the rule that allows one over-age goalkeeper and three over-age outfield players in the squad, with Declan Rudd starting between the sticks and Ignasi Miquel, Elliott Bennett and Gary Hooper all featuring.

It was three Under-21s regulars who combined to put City in front after just four minutes, however.

Reece Hall-Johnson spread the play out to Harry Toffolo on the left, and his first time cross was met by Morris, whose header took a heavy deflection off Conor Ogilvie before trickling over the line.

Josh Onomah curled Tottenham's first chance wide on the quarter hour but only before Morris saw a drilled shot parried by Luke McGee after a sharp turn in the box.

City were on the ascendancy and after King saw a goalbound effort blocked by Christian Maghoma, McGee was on form to keep out Toffolo's rasping shot.

They were nearly caught out by Emmanuel Sonupe's bursting run from deep on 23 minutes, but eventually the midfielder's finish lacked composure and ended up well wide.

Morris stooped to get his head to a Bennett cross, and although this time Luke McGee got behind it for Spurs, City were sharper in every department on the pitch.

It paid dividends on 36 minutes when the influential King got their second goal.

The tricky midfielder was on hand to head home into an empty net after McGee had parried Morris drive, a goal that had been on the cards for Jerry Gill's side.

McGee then got down to his right to make a fine stop to keep out King as the Canaries looked to add a third but Ceballos reminded them of the visitors' threat when he whipped a shot just wide.

HALF-TIME: Norwich City 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Miquel went close to adding a third for Norwich five minutes into the second half with a brilliant lob over McGee from 40 yards that went inches past the post, just prior to Bennett popping a well-struck shot wide.

However, Tottenham got themselves back into the contest on 56 minutes thanks to a sublime finish from Ceballos.

The Spaniard worked the ball onto his favoured left foot and powered his shot beyond Rudd and into the corner.

Spurs were much-improved but a swift counter-attack from City re-established their two goal advantage on 70 minutes.

Hall-Johnson played the ball to Morris, who showed superb awareness to see King free to his right in the box, and the Scotland youth international made no mistake with his finish.

Rudd made his best save of the night to block Joe Pritchard's header, and with seven minutes remaining Under-16 prospect Benny Ashley Seal was brought on to replace the magnificent King.

Onomah's free-kick was pushed away by Rudd in the final action of the game, and the Canaries earned their second victory of the season.

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

GOALS: Canaries: Carlton Morris (4), Cameron King (36, 70) - Spurs: Cristian Ceballos (56)

NORWICH CITY: Rudd; Hall-Johnson, McFadden, Miquel, Toffolo; Grant (Efete 62); E Bennett (c), McGrandles; King (Ashley-Seal 83); Morris (Norman 89), Hooper. Subs not used: Killip (GK), Ramsay.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: McGee; Walter-Peters, McQueen, Miller (Amos 84), Ogilvie, Maghoma, Sonupe (Pritchard 76), Lameiras, Akindayini (Georgiou 80), Onomah, Ceballos. Subs not used: Miles (GK).

REFEREE: John O'Brien


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