Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson plays an hour in Under-21s 2-1 development league win against Everton Under-21s

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson made a successful return in Tuesday's 2-1 Premier League development win over Everton. Photo: Bill Smith Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson made a successful return in Tuesday's 2-1 Premier League development win over Everton. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
8:53 PM

Norwich City’s development coach Mark Robson said his youngsters had reaped the benefits of playing alongside the likes of Jonny Howson and Luciano Becchio in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Everton’s Under-21s.

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Josh Murphy and Jamar Loza secured the victory with Toffees’ skipper Tyias Browning replying for Alan Stubbs’ visitors, but Robson was delighted with the impact of City’s two senior stars. Howson played an hour on his first outing for two months following a back injury whilst Becchio was withdrawn 10 minutes later at Carrow Road.

“I said to the pair, ‘Do they want to play next week?’ but I don’t think that will happen,” said Robson. “It is always good to have a senior professional alongside you and the fact they both wanted to play just goes to show they type of players they are. For young Reece (Hall-Johnson) to play alongside Jonny I am sure he would have picked up some things. If he didn’t I would be very surprised. To have Jon come in lifted all the players. They are two honest lads. We asked them to do certain jobs for the team before the game and to be fair they were comfortable. There is not too much you have to tell experienced players.”

Robson praised the impact of match-winner Loza who rifled home 10 minutes from time during what has become a frustrating loan stint at League One Orient, where the striker has had limited opportunities to shine.

“I thought one or two of the boys really excelled. Jamar had a really good game and deserved his goal,” said Robson. “Jamar has been very unlucky at Orient. I spoke to Kevin Nugent, who is the assistant manager down there, and he played the first game, then he was left out for the main striker but he has hardly featured since which is disappointing. The opportunity is there for us to play him and that is a bonus that he can get minutes. I was very pleased overall. I thought it was a really good game and Everton were a decent side. They are probably the best team I have played since coming here. Certainly I would put them up there with Arsenal. We upped our energy levels from the previous game and at times we showed some great composure.”

Everton started brightly with Matthew Kennedy drawing a fine stop from Remi Matthews before Conor McAleny hammered the home crossbar. Murphy opened the scoring with a deflected strike before the interval, but Browning profited from a spill by Matthews to draw the Toffees level until Loza’s persistence paid off in the closing stages to seal the victory with a low right-footed strike from the edge of the area that evaded Mason Springthorpe.

• Norwich City Under-21s: Matthews, Barker (Young 70), Toffolo, Hall-Johnson, Gafaiti, McFadden, Norman, Howson (Grant 61), Becchio (Morris 70), Loza, Murphy. Subs (not used): Oxborough, Hodd.

• Goals: Murphy (23), Loza (85)

• Everton Under-21s: Springthorpe, McLaughlin (Toray 45), Garbutt, Ledson, Pennington, Browning, Kennedy, Williams, Hope, McAleny (Walsh 86), Donohue (Charsley 68). Subs (not used): Griffiths, Duffus.

• Goal: Browning (53)

• Referee: N Hair

14 comments

  • Can't they bring back proper reserve team football ? Surely it can't simply be a cost saving exercise. You could get in free to the reserve games on showing your season ticket but now I think they charge £3 for this inferior product. I wish one of the journalists on Archant could get to the bottom of why we no longer have reserve team football.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • I typed one of my traditionally short posts in defence of RVW but stupid archant wont allow it. Checked for all the usual flagging words that would need looking at but I give up. In short I've still got faith in RVW. Hoopers hardly on the form of his life and missed chances lately (hence he got dropped for the Spurs game) but I dont blame Hooper or RVW. They are both lethal strikers, predators. They dont become duds overnight. Many factors come into play. Confidence is one and do they fit the style of play the manager is setting the team up to play. Most importantly does the club they play for create the fox in the box type chances they desire? Luck is another big issue that cant be addressed from the outside. Stick by them. I say them because the way some of our fans work they will be switched back into having a moan at Hooper as soon as RVW scores a few. Stick by these boys, in the right style they could be lethal!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Strange that an article on Johnny Howson should lead to yet another snipe at the Wolf. Sure he is misfiring. Sure he looks far too fragile. But how many other strikers with much bigger names have struggled when they came to the Premier League. Drogba was awful for 18 months, yet developed into probably the best number 9 since Alan Shearer. Torres has failed to get it together at Chelsea. Everyone was even moaning about Grant Holt last season. Patience people.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Bowl of weetabix & can of Irn-bru should do the trick ;)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • I wasn`t sniping at Winkle, Erpingham. Honestly not. I just don`t think the `management` team realised that the young fellow was a work in progress, not a slot-in Superstar. Our sycophantic, shallow, inane, inept, insincere, idiotic local Press could only keep coming up with "Club-record signing...", ad nauseum. Pathetic Parrots that they mostly are. RvW cannot be a bad player. He has been mishandled.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • What a daft saying, "alongside the likes of Jonny Howson and Luciano Becchio". Did they or did they not play?

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • No real mention of how well Becchio did... Anyone who went care to enlighten me as to how dangerous he looked?

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Brew, It sounds like Smoke & Mirrors to me, perhaps CH should try that plan on Match days. Mind you, I think we only got the Likes of RVW back in the summer, the real one is surely playing for another team on the continent. Was he a twin by any chance?

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • They'll have RVW on a intensive muscle-building regime in the summer.

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Nothing personal, Padster. If the cap fits..

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Yes, `The Man in the Iron Mask` scenario, TK. There`s been little so far to confirm RvW`s striking pedigree, but at least he tried against Spurs and irritated their defence. If he stays, there`s a lot of work to be done. Either that or write off £8.5m. An attacking coach? Same old thing!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Never mind the b0llocks, as the S*x Pistols said, didn't the lads do well to beat Everton?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Ill keep saying it until im blue in the face. I still believe in RVW. Stick him in 75% of other PL sides who creates the chances he (and hooper long for) and he scores for fun, full of confidence etc. At the start of the season people seemed to sing his praises while moaning at Hooper because the club couldnt go 1 sentence without saying "our record signing". Then he got injured, Hooper scored a few goals (literally)...and suddenly the hate mob went after RVW instead. Hoopers hardly in the form of his life and if anything has been guilty of missing chances lately, hence why he got dropped for the Spurs game. Not a dig at Hooper either as I blooming love the bloke and think he and RVW are two superb strikers. Just stuck in a system that does not suit them. Not a dig at Hughton either just saying they are not the kind of strikers you would have seen him use in the same system at Newcastle or Brum. I still firmly belive in RVW (& Hooper - they are in the same boat for me. Neither are setting the world on fire within our current system). Play to there strengths and then we can all have a moan if they miss chances. Complaining because they are not scoring the zero or half chances isn't really fair on them. They are both trying there best within a system they are not ideally suited to. All hands to the pump at the minute though as we push to survive. We could do with a penalty right around now or a 1 yard tap in. Anything to produce a little confidence.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • As ever, inadequate reporting on development games. The `likes of which` we`ll doubtless see plenty more of.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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