It wasn’t quite a fairytale ending for Kei Kamara’s Norwich City debut, but his late cameo certainly offered plenty of promise after lighting up Saturday’s pedestrian goalless draw with Fulham.

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The Canaries have now scored just once in nine hours of football, although a third clean sheet in five Premier League matches at least meant Chris Hughton’s side chalked up another point towards survival – before heading out to Abu Dhabi for a four-day warm weather training break.

It was all a little more frosty at Carrow Road, with the game only hitting its top gear following Kamara’s introduction for the final minutes.

The on-loan Sporting Kansas City striker had Grant Holt’s morning back spasms to thank for his place on the bench. But he came on to show power and pace as the hosts tried to force the issue. And that provided the game’s shining light given the Sierra Leone forward only arrived in the UK on Wednesday, trained twice with his new team-mates and had done little more than a bit of pre-season work for his MLS club.

“I can’t believe it happened that fast but definitely, that is why I am here,” said the likeable 28-year-old.

“I want to be here, the coach wants me to be here and he didn’t want to rush me into things. But it is a dream and when that’s a part of you, it is going to happen. I am just honoured to be here having this night right now.

“I don’t think I’m far off fitness-wise. Obviously by the next game I should definitely be in shape. I was doing some fitness the morning of the game, obviously not thinking I was going to be in the squad. So it’s just great to have a chance. To get called up and then the next minute getting my debut at home, it’s great. Fitness-wise I’m always doing stuff so I’m not far off.

“It was a kind of late call, but like I said it’s just a great honour to be a part of it and be the guy the coach can call for, and just being here. It’s a great experience but from me now it’s all about working hard and being part of it. It’s not just about making an appearance any more. It’s for me to be a part of it and for it to be a regular thing.”

His 86th minute arrivals still proved time for a marauding run down the left, winning a header than drifted over Mark Schwarzer’s goal and a clash with the goalkeeper that saw him harshly penalised for a foul – when the decision could have arguably gone the other way.

“Definitely I got to the ball first,” said Kamara. “Obviously they called a foul on me but I touched the ball and the ball hit him in the head, so I don’t know. If I’d got a penalty for that it would’ve been great, but it definitely wasn’t a foul on him.

“Playing at home, no matter where it’s at, it’s a place where you have got to work on getting three points. So when it comes to games like this, before the game everybody had the hunger to come out and do that. After the game we were not really happy. I mean, I might be smiling now but it’s not like it was a job well done. We still felt like we could have got more points from that game.”

While there was plenty of frustration around Carrow Road following the final whistle, few would begrudge Kamara a smile at making his Premier League bow – the latest chapter of a journey that started off as a means for the Sierra Leone refugee to get a college education in the United States.

“This definitely lived up to the expectation,” Kamara added. “It was great. It gave me a bit of goosebumps just warming up on the side and hearing your name being called, and it’s in England. It’s not anywhere else. So I’m looking forward to playing more games.

“I’ve only had two days training. I thought it’d be a lot harder to get to know everyone but I go home and get on my iPad and kind of stalk everybody, trying to figure out their names and what. So it’s easy. The guys are good, the locker room has been great. They welcome you really well, so with that it’s not really much of a problem like going into a place where there is too much tension.

“The first day I came in they had a darts tournament so when they had that all the pressure was lifted off my shoulders and I felt good and I felt in.

“I’m great at darts actually – won the trophy, but I passed it on so… I’m not really, but I’m sure there are a lot of things I’m going to pick up being here – playing darts, playing golf, all that and whatever else they play in the cold.”

16 comments

  • Kristafa, I can`t see what harm Bewilderwood can do, doing nothing. Helps fill the Directors` Box, I suppose.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Kei full of running and enthusiasm , wonderful ! Now lets look at the reality of the situation. Been here but a few days just wait until he has a few weeks under his belt.By that time he would have been coached by Noclueton,Bewilderwood and Codstrollope at Colney.. the said disciples who have made a packed stadium resemble a library.. the fans are not stupid, here at city we dont boo we just go quiet and it is speaking volumes at the moment no matter how much the "happy clappers" try to tell the vast majority of frustrated fans...hopefully the lights are on somewhere to address the situation.

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    Kristafa

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Stew, Respect.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I would like to add on from wisemanthree's comment - I absolutely agree! I honestly believe that the main group of players can now just do what they want and they will still be included in the first team! It's ridiculous - there's no effort required to keep one's place. I've always supported Hughton, but this first team player policy sucks, as is is the negative "don't lose at all costs" policy. I'm seriously now wondering whether he is the right man for the job. Let's hope Kamara doesn't get selected and then left up there alone to try and score goals from scraps to work off. Our players have earned the right to play in this league - our manager should recognise this and let them prove their worth rather than uptalking every single team we pay against!

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    Dobbino

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Who is the ball boy in the picture with Kamara?

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    Kent Anglian

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Hallo! yarco's here again shouting as usual. TURN THE FLIPPIN' CAPS LOCK OFF MATE !!!!! ---- Incidentally, if I can make myself heard over the noise, your comment is rubbish Kristafa. Lets wait for those few weeks to elapse before we start to make judgements. KK has made a good start, and that's all we have as yet to judge him on. We cannot predict what his attitude will be like in a few weeks from now - it's your sort of attitude that knocks their confidence from the start. Get behind the lads - even when they are poor. That's the time they need encouragement. It's easy to sing when you're winning!

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    The Crab

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • As I mentioned on another story, Kamara in 5 minutes showed more guts and determination than the others did all match. He may not set the Premier League alight (though I hope he does) but I'd much rather watch someone who wants to really give it a bloody good go!

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    wisemanthree

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Now you begin to understand why Sporting KC fans still love him and miss that he's gone. He's hungry to be playing in England and he wants to be on the pitch. Given two weeks training, he can make a bigger impression, if given the chance. Best to start slowly, then improve over time.

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    Man from the Prairie

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • i am certainly please we took Becchio in part exchange for Morison, he certainly looks like he has a full Mot and a fullly stamped service history ....more than can be said for that other Donkey !

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • GREAT COMMENT KRISTAFA .

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    yarco

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • The guy certainly has enough charisma to fill the gaping void left by Steve Morisson.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Stew me old mate, you've been rumbled, definitely a mole. Making an issue out of Luciano being called Lucifer has laid you bare. Enjoyed your postings but. ' on your bike'.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • I would like to add on from wisemanthree's comment - I absolutely agree! I honestly believe that the main group of players can now just do what they want and they will still be included in the first team! It's ridiculous - there's no effort required to keep one's place. I've always supported Hughton, but this first team player policy sucks, as is is the negative "don't lose at all costs" policy. I'm seriously now wondering whether he is the right man for the job. Let's hope Kamara doesn't get selected and then left up there alone to try and score goals from scraps to work off. Our players have earned the right to play in this league - our manager should recognise this and let them prove their worth rather than uptalking every single team we pay against!

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    Dobbino

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Well I do my best to keep up Lobbo..There are things that don't always ring a bell, until they have been fully explained, and even then it's not easy...... Mr ughton would probably understand, because he must have gone to the same training school as me. (St Marks on the Wall )

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I think he should play from the start in the next match - hes keen and eager to impress and wants to play in the premier league. Cant do any worse!

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    Henry

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Better still, to start fast and get faster;-)

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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