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Posted on 9 January 2007  - 12:00

Clive Allen was pleased with the performances of debutants Ben Alnwick and Adel Taarabt as our reserves fought out a goalless draw in a friendly against Norwich on Monday night.

Clive Allen was pleased with the performances of debutants Ben Alnwick and Adel Taarabt as our reserves fought out a goalless draw in a friendly against Norwich on Monday night.

Goalkeeper Ben made two fine one-on-one saves to keep lively home strikers Ian Henderson and Ryan Jarvis at bay at Carrow Road while Adel produced flashes of skill playing just off the front man and an eye for a pass.

Development coach Clive said: "Ben made two fabulous saves in the first half and they were really the only two chances they created, but when he was called upon he made two excellent stops, one with his foot, one diving to his left.

"He's started with a clean sheet and that's good for him and for his confidence.

"For Adel, obviously there is a big difference to what he's used to but you could see he has some quality touches and a good range of passing.

"It's been an ideal introduction for both of them and good to get them in the group and get a game under their belts.

"Overall, it was exactly what we wanted as we prepare to get back into the swing of things in the league - a high level, high intensity game on a quality playing surface at Carrow Road."