Kei Kamara can have a major impact on Norwich City’s Premier League season – but Chris Hughton insisted he was right to keep the Sporting Kansas loanee in reserve until the closing stages of their goalless Premier League draw against Fulham.

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Kamara was thrust into the fray following Grant Holt’s back injury after only two training sessions with his new team-mates following his midweek arrival from America. The 28-year-old injected some much-needed dynamism in a late cameo at Carrow Road that bodes well for the remainder of the campaign.

“We took a bit of a chance with him,” said Hughton. “That being the case we knew we could not play him for so long because the worst thing would have been if we had played him earlier, he pulls a hamstring or picks up an injury and he is out for the next three or four weeks.

“Kei coming in was very unexpected. We probably have gone against the grain with him. The big problem with Kei, and it probably goes against what we normally do and we should do, is he arrived on Wednesday, did his first training session with us Thursday and although he has been training he is well off with the pace of matches because he has had this break with the MLS season. I liked what I saw.

“It is as much about getting him up to speed now and he’ll certainly give us another dimension.”

Kamara owed his swift elevation to the senior ranks to Holt’s back spasm suffered on the morning of the Cottagers’ visit.

“He literally just got up and felt it. It was a fair blow to us,” said Hughton. “Of course these things happen in football and you have to be prepared and you have to be adaptable enough. That is why we have competition and that is why the players train like we do. There have been circumstances before when physios are able to release the spasm so we couldn’t rule him out when we knew in the morning.

“But in the end it was quite obvious he wasn’t going to be any good for us. It is a spasm so it is going to be very short-term for us.”

Holt’s absence left the stage clear for another January transfer window acquisition, Luciano Becchio, to lead the line on his home Norwich debut. The Argentine spurned City’s best close range chance of an insipid deadlock which Hughton admitted was key to the overall outcome.

“If that goes in it settles him down a little bit. I thought he worked hard. I couldn’t fault his endeavour,” said Hughton. “Things perhaps didn’t bounce for him as he would like but he is a player who generally thrives on a good quality into the box and we probably lacked that.

“I think it was a lack of supply. Kei Kamara came on for that last period and you can see what type of player he is – a rangy, mobile player. Becchio is one who is strong, good in the air, but he relies on a service. If he gets that in and around the box he can score goals.

“I was disappointed because we are at home and the onus is on us to look to get the three points. I didn’t think we had enough in the final third. I felt we lacked a bit of quality in the final third but it is another point. If you can’t win these games, then make sure you don’t lose them.”

Hughton conceded Fulham had most of the answers for his side’s sporadic attacking forays.

“The lad (Brede) Hangeland at the back is a giant of a centre half and he is a real quality centre half,” said Hughton. “Good in the air and perhaps he is not the quickest, but generally he doesn’t get exploited.

“He is very, very good on the ball and for centre halves to be able to dink balls into team-mates 40 or 50 yards away is great and shows good quality. Not only are they strong at the back, they have got a lot of offensive options.”

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19 comments

  • Now be careful MJC. With that sort of out-going attacking policy you'll have us winning games + we wouldn't want to do that. I live in Manchester where the teams are urged to win every game. Some of the cautious "safety 1st" comments on here make me laugh. When will people realise that a draw is little better than a loss? You need 3 of 'em to equal just one win. And "Yes Yes I know we aren't Man U" (before some anorak from Little Snoring starts moaning). But we could @ least borrow some of their courage + positive attitude !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Additonal useless angry comment!

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    Steady On

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Who is supposed to be in the final third that Hughton keeps on about? Perhaps the players don't know who is supposed to be in the final third, please name them.

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    goldie

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • It's good to see Archant give their interns a free hand.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Next time you interview Hughton to get some copy, please ask him something of interest like what are his favourite knitting patterns or does he prefer swede to turnips. Thanks

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    waclor

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Next up, the South American market. A draft screenplay has been written for a Becchio vehicle, provisionally named "Lash it like Lucifer" or "Bend it like Becchio".

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Like it waclor

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    Lobbo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Also a Welsh version currently being made in Rhyl Brewer. "Ram it like Roberts". Total production budget 27 quid, a day pass into the Sun Centre + as many chips as you can eat in 5 mins ....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I keep logging in here to get some interesting debate but keep seeing inane comments from the same trolls who having nothing else to do but make negative comments to brighten up their dull lives. Did Mad Brewer ever brew anything stronger than a cup of tea? Does Ged Steero really think he is funny? I'd love to hear some comments from some real die hard Ncfc fans not the muppets who comment here. NCFC are a work in progress. We will lose some we will lose some and if we go down then you can cut us in half and you will still see NCFC in our bones. If you don't like it then stop supporting us and saying in nicely ....disappear

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    Konrad54

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • By fixing the defence he's sacrificed the attack , we can't just go out with the aim of not losing ! I would rather win games 4-3 than suffer goalless draw after goalless draw , why have a forward line if you've no intention of going forward ? Lots of people have said it 3 draws = 3 points , 1 win = 3 points , and we need points !! I personally think we'll stay up but would like to see goals . He's often said it's too soon to give the Murphy boys a go in case it effects them badly , but what if they come in , with no fear and enjoy the opportunity and in the process score goals , we're not scoring now so what have we got to lose !!!

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Guys, let 's stand back and reflect. NCFC are the top team in East Anglia, have been this decade, last decade land at least the one before. We were shipping too many goals last season and the strategy this time round is to fix that. Yes, we are not getting delivery into the front men as well as we should, but if you listen to CH he knows this. I think we have enough to stay up and strengthen the strike force in the close season. In fact, things are looking so good that latest rumours are that NCFC are planning a new store in 1p5wich!

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • These are what we call feelgood filler stories....published in the absence of any real stories. I actually sympathise, I know what it's like trying to fill a daily newspaper, or TV programme in the absence of solid copy.

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • How about "Slap it like Snodgrass" in Slipperbottom? Total budget a stalk of sprouts and a net of carrots?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • http:www.youtube.comwatch?v=KAliiVP6zrw&feature=youtu.be Kamara MJ celebration

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    YorkCanary

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Btw, in Sierra Leone the cinemas are sold out for the Premiére of the new film "Kick it like Kei". Would appear our new recruit is a weapon in the conquest of the African Market in addition to the USA one. Next, he`s going to star in a remake of the Elvis movie "King Creole", co-starring David Beckham as his hairdresser.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Well he's not going to tip him to flop is he!

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    Lobbo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Hughton is at it yet again. Bigging up the opposition. Of course they are good. They are all Prem League players. We all know that! We are not going to go up against lemons in the Prem League, are we? I do agree, however, with his comment about putting Kamara for too long when he needs match fitness.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Hooray! Everything's fine!! Aren't we great!!! Get your heads out of the sand people. We are not any good and we cannot win football matches The sooner you lot realise this the better. Clubsajoke. Ged - Fan Leader and Pinkun Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I agree with most of what you say, Timbo (as always;-). But why pick on Little Snoring? There is a much better class of anoraks in Nogdam End.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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