Norwich City’s on-loan striker Harry Kane struck a brace on his first outing for the club since recovering from a broken foot injury to inspire Scott Marshall’s youngsters to a 3-1 development league win today over the Hammers at Colney.

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Kane played 65 minutes as he looked to edge closer to full fitness following the injury setback suffered in City’s Capital One Cup win over Doncaster early in his season-long loan spell. Norwich manager Chris Hughton has already pledged not to rush the 19-year-old Tottenham forward back into the first team set-up after he only re-joined the Canaries last week following the foot injury that has restricted him to three senior appearances.

Kane pounced from close range after impressive work from Jamar Loza before Olumide Durojaiye slotted a second half penalty when Kane was fouled inside the West Ham area. The England youth international then reacted quickest to despatch Jacob Murphy’s cross to seal the comprehensive win, before Nathan Mavila grabbed a late consolation for the visitors. Marshall hailed Kane’s impact in an encouraging team performance against the table toppers that rounded off Norwich’s first phase of development fixtures.

“I’m delighted with the win, the lads played very well, kept their discipline and understood their roles really well,” Marshall told the club’s official site. “It was great to have a presence like Harry in the side at this level and it was great for him as well to get the two goals. It’s a good result for us which we can now take into the next round of matches.”

Kane served notice of his intentions when he rifled a Josh Murphy cross over the bar before slamming the woodwork a few minutes later. West Ham’s Welsh international Jack Collison glanced a header wide on his first outing since overcoming a long term injury that has kept the midfielder out of the Hammers’ Premier League plans.

Kane broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark after Josh Murphy and Loza had carved West Ham apart before the Norwich loanee tried an ambitious lift from inside his own half which flew wide of Raphael Spiegel’s goal.

City doubled their lead shortly after the restart when Kane tumbled under Pelly Ruddock’s challenge - Durojaiye calmly slotted to open his goal account for the development squad. West Ham spurned a chance from the penalty spot to reduce the arrears in the 55th minute when Remi Matthews superbly denied Mavila. Kane made the Londoners pay when he applied the killer touch to a swift counter triggered by Jacob Murphy. Spiegel acrobatically denied Michael Clunan with City now rampant, but it was the visitors’ who had the final say when Mavila’s angled strike flew past Matthews.

• Norwich City U21: Matthews, Toffolo, Clunan (Hall-Johnson, 70), McNeil, Gafaiti, Jacob Murphy, Durjaiye, Kane (King, 65), Loza, Josh Murphy. Subs (not used): Wyatt, Morris, McGeehan.

• Goals: Kane (24, 57), Durojaiye (48)

• West Ham U21s: Spiegel, Spence, Driver, Moncur, Lee, Ruddock, Mavila, Lletget, Sadlier (Harney, 82), Collison (Miles, 45), Shaw. Subs (not used): Nasha, Baxter, Cullen.

• Goal: Mavila (85)

9 comments

  • Good stuff from Citizen Kane but 65 mins with the U21s is still not quite the same as a full shift in the 1st team. However, as many have said, his return to the pitch is very timely.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • we have him, so lets see what he's got, many have doubted him but this is a timely return, The Horse does need a bit of time in the stable, so lets get this kid on, he must be keen to impress.

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Apposite comments ref. Flash `Arry from Adam Penny. I wouldn`t put any thing past that wily old spiv! He`s now telling anyone who`ll listen that Taraabt is a £20million player. Perhaps Spurs will buy him back? Over to the Barra Boy. ;-) Promising start from Kane but that`s all it is just now. Caaairm down, lads! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Tottenham are a team who couldn't find a use for Taraabt and flogged him for a million quid, so you never know. :-) Then again, maybe Redknapp had looked in his crystal ball when he sent him to Rangers. ;-) Fancy seeing him get a run out up front on Saturday if Holt's not fit.

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    Adam Penny

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Good sign. If not Saturday the the match after. Let's see what he can do in the EPL.

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    ScotCan

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • I'm really rooting for this kid, I hope he comes good - we need him!

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • I don't see him as a true number nine but as someone who plays off the main target man, snapping up the unconsidered trifles (a bit like me sixty years ago at the Sunday School party). In other words, as a "false nine", in the current jargon. Or, as we used to say, an inside forward. But do we have room for that in the current formation, ie. for him to play alongside or just behind Holty?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Really good news, especially if Horse's fet-lock takes a while to mend.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • How much is Harry Kane actually worth? The few tottenham fans i know seem to rate him in fairly high regard, and to be touted as a future England star at only 19 must mean he's worth quite a bit - ie far more than we could afford?

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    JerryJ

    Monday, December 17, 2012

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