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Gary Hooper is drafted back into the breach at Norwich City

07:30 17 October 2014

Gary Hooper was in action for Norwich City

Gary Hooper was in action for Norwich City's development squad against Tottenham's U21s. Photo: Bill Smith

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Norwich City striker Gary Hooper is back in the first team mix after proving his fitness to Canaries’ boss Neil Adams.

Hooper was again on development duty as an over-age player during the midweek 3-1 win against Tottenham’s Under-21s after scoring in a recent behind-closed-doors win at West Ham.

The 26-year-old had admitted prior to the international break he needed games to build up his sharpness following a calf injury and Adams confirmed yesterday he will be part of the squad for the Championship trip to Fulham.

“Gary is back with us now,” he said. “I was pleased with his performance on Tuesday night and at West Ham as well. I think people who watched him the other day will have seen the sharpness, the energy, the metres he is putting in, both defensively as much as in an attacking sense. People know how we play and the front players here have to work hard when they don’t have the ball. We know what he can do and I was pleased to see in the last two games he looked a lot sharper than when he was initially recovering from the injury.”

Summer signing Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe was not involved against Spurs after being part of a strong City line-up at Upton Park.

“You can only play three over-age players plus the keeper so that is why he was not in my thoughts,” said Adams. “If you had the old reserve league you would treat it differently. The West Ham game was an excellent exercise. We really got a lot out of that and it is something we’ll look to do again. We had nine or 10 going away on international duty and for those who stayed behind and hadn’t played it gave them a good work-out. I think it is miles better playing the game in a stadium rather than Colney or a training ground. You lose 15pc, 20pc for me because players know it is a training exercise.”

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16 comments

  • Good spot, Trucker. A feather in City`s cap, no doubt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • We can win tomorrow even if it's a 28 year gap since we last won there. It won't matter who their manager is either! There is a story on the Canaries website that Archant seem to have missed. I'm referring to the Under 21's invitation to play in the "Premier League International Cup". We're drawn against Porto, Chelsea and Borussia Monchengladbach. After watching the Spurs game on Tuesday these are fixtures I'm really looking forward to and we must give credit to the academy staff for getting the Norwich City team into the top eight in the country. (There are only eight English Teams in the tournament)

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    Trucker

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Wiv, I could imagine Hoops on the sand at Horsey, along with the beached seals. Good to see Houghton is still around. Glad Hughton`s gone, though. Fulham would be a perfect fit for him. He could be insipid and ineffectual; Fulham could then sack him. Win Win. ISDIHSD.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • I see that Houghton is favourite for the Fulham job,what a shame its not in time for tomorrow be nice to give them athrashing under Houghton,still if he is in charge thats one team you can rely upon not to be challenging us OTBC

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    canaryjon

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • MB if I were to be acerbic Gary Hooper could fill quite a big breach for Neil Adams. or help out at Hemsby during a high tide.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • The removal of reserve team football also devalues a season ticket. Were prices adjusted downwards to compensate ? No ,I don't think so, they went upwards instead. I can remember the days when Man U and Liverpool reserves could attract crowds in the twenty thousands. IMBIT.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • C'mon Gary, pick that bogey!

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • MB, little chance I know of allowing teams to enter a 2nd XI team within our football pyramid structure, but it works well in France and Spain and surely must install that competitive streak in the individuals. To play at CR too should be delved into further after our incredible national record turn out earlier this week .......... but I too believe there's a master plan at work embracing the current youngsters and exposing them for the would to see. Envious eyes watch on for sure OTBC INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • You`re right there, NMTD; I sometimes wonder whether the "Neil Thing" is at the core of Machianalli`s cunning plans for NCFC. For too long now, we have seen little `end product` from our Academy. Was that because we didn`t have the talent, or we didn`t have a manager with the wit or the will to bring those youngsters through? Neil knows these lads. Already, Josh looks the part and Jacob M, Loza, McFadden, Toffolo, Morris & King look promising. We let Tom `Acadeyemi` go for nowt, and Brum have already sold him on for a fair fee. I was sorry that Steer felt he had to leave, and slightly disappointed that Korey Smith`s career seems to have plateaued. The problem with there being no reserve league, is that the older "squad" players rarely get to play together. Cup runs can be useful, but games need to be won, and decent performances put in by the hopefuls... I used to enjoy watching Reserve games almost as much as the 1st team ones, way back when. INIT. INIA. OTBC. OFIAW. Etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Steels, I guess the idea of the U21 league was to give game time to the youngsters languishing on the bench who rarely get a first team outing. Not sure it's beneficial to all though ........... at least we have the EPPP Cat1 status to mix it with the big boys - and NA is the perfect fit to bring the U21's through OTBC INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Why don't we still have the 'old reserve league' ? Nobody in football has ever answered that question. IMBIT.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • I'd like to see a return to starting the 4-2-3-1 formation rather than 4-4-2. With Redmond, Wes, CJ and Laff leading the line. Having Grabban, Hoops and Josh on the bench gives NA plenty of options to change as the game progresses.

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    llamaman

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Btw; I don`t quite `get` young Padster`s use of "breach". Is it "an act of breaking a law", "a gap in a wall, barrier or defence", or "a break in relations"? The nearest to a fit I can find is in the context "step into the breach - replace somebody who is suddenly unavailable". As an "Arch-Insider", perhaps Padster knows something we on the periphery do not... Glad Hoops is back anyway. Soon baguio may enjoy his dream of a Grabban-free team... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • This is great news indeed. Watched the U21 game, with Hoops again showing some really deft touches. And let's hope Neil can put this Fulham bogey to rest - enough of them already!

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    Cape Town Canary

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • It`s time we got some revenge for past humiliations. Beware, though; Fulham have started winning under their new (interim?) manager. SINISTERLY. OTBC. Etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Excellent news, and as predicted back in the first team reckoning. With Laffs and Loza knocking on the door, we should expect an all out assault on the Fulham defense for 90+ mins tomorrow .......... someone's in for a thrashing sooner rather than later. Could it just be Fulham, I have a sneaky suspicion it may well be OTBC INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, October 17, 2014

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