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Butterworth is happy man

PUBLISHED: 10:43 13 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 06 July 2010

Norwich City trialist Scott Neilson belts home the Canaries second goal in the 7-2 win at Dartford watched by team-mate Chris Martin. Picture: Alex Broadway / Focus Images

Norwich City trialist Scott Neilson belts home the Canaries second goal in the 7-2 win at Dartford watched by team-mate Chris Martin. Picture: Alex Broadway / Focus Images

Ian Butterworth cast his eye over Norwich's second hefty goal haul within the space of less than 24 hours and declared himself happy with the first real blow-out of the summer.

Ian Butterworth cast his eye over Norwich's second hefty goal haul within the space of less than 24 hours and declared himself happy with the first real blow-out of the summer.

The youngsters - plus Paul McVeigh and Matt Gill - put half a dozen past local side Fakenham on Friday night, and Dartford were no match for a much more familiar-looking side on Saturday afternoon.

Seven goals, including a fabulous effort from Jamie Cureton and a debut strike for defender Michael Nelson, don't tell any real stories, but the message was not in the tally, but who was out there providing them.

The fact that Saturday's squad, plus any new signings, have been chosen to up the tempo on a three-match Scotland tour this week suggests that many of the nuts and bolts are in place.

Three players will be on trial: Goran Maric, a Serbian striker who once played for Barcelona B and Celta Vigo; City old boy Paul McVeigh and Cambridge City winger Scott Neilson, who looks set for another opportunity after some impressive touches at the weekend, including a goal.

"The squad for Scotland has already been decided - it's the squad which was here today," said City number two Ian Butterworth.

Others will be on trials of a different sort, trying to persuade manager Bryan Gunn of their right to a first team place, but for now, it's about getting into the grove once more.

Both City central defenders - Michael Nelson and skipper Gary Doherty - were on target, while Cureton and Chris Martin scored fine individual goals.

"That's one of the reasons why we signed him (Nelson)," said Butterworth.

"Doherty scored a great header as well. It's pleasing with all the players that they got some football and they can get back in the swing of things as well. It's a time of the year when everyone wants to get back on that field, and we have got to make sure we nurse them through things.

"One or two had knocks and Cody hadn't trained all week so we had to be careful with him a little bit.

"We even had to be careful with Wes (Hoolahan) in a way because that was his first 90 minutes for a while. Adam (Drury) as well,

"I thought Adam came through very, very well.

"We are trying things and hopefully we will get it all right for the Colchester game."

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