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11 March 2016

City run out victors at White Hart Lane

NORWICH City's Under-21s ended a run of six games without a win when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at White Hart Lane on Friday evening.

The hosts should have taken the lead within the opening minutes, with Jake Kean spilling a shot and Will Miller closing in, yet the Tottenham attacker could not convert into an empty net from close range, much to the relief of Kean.

City would punish Spurs with their next attack - Ray Grant's marauding run created space and he picked out Jamal Lewis who was able to calmly slot the ball past Tom McDermott to give Dmitri Halajko's side an early lead.

Last-ditch defending prevented the hosts from equalising, with blocks fending off three attempts on Kean's goal before Joe Pritchard fired over the bar.

Reece Hall-Johnson's surging run was halted illegally on the edge of the Spurs penalty area and Grant got on the scoresheet himself with a beautifully-weighted free-kick which found the bottom corner with precision.

Ebou Adams was the first to test either 'keeper in the second half, rifling a powerful effort at McDermott's goal on 71 minutes but the Spurs stopper was behind it all the way and gathered easily.

Benny Ashley-Seal had an opportunity to ensure that the three points would be going back to Norfolk with 13 minutes left, but his effort when through one-on-one cannoned back off the post.

Spurs would be reduced to ten men soon after, when full back Kyle Walker-Peters earned himself two yellow cards within a matter of seconds for two late fouls.

Louis McIntosh then hit a shot on the turn but McDermott was equal to it and palmed his effort away and behind for a City corner.

McDermott had to deny McIntosh again moments later when the midfielder fired a fierce effort at goal from a tight angle.

Spurs would ensure it was a nervy finish when Marcus Edwards' shot was parried by Kean and Miller followed in to volley past a covering Hall-Johnson.

However, it would Halajko's side that earned their first win since November 30, in turn carrying them off the bottom of the Barclays U21s Premier League table.

FULL-TIME: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Norwich City

GOALS: Spurs: Miller (87). Canaries: Lewis (4), Grant (36).

NORWICH CITY: Kean; Hall-Johnson (c), Efete, Crowe, Uade; Grant, Adams; Lewis, Eaton-Collins (McIntosh, 45), Middleton, Ashley-Seal. Unused subs: Coker, Beauchamp (GK), Ramsay, Awuah.

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