ALAN Kernaghan likened Brentford striker Luke Norris to a young Alan Shearer after his display in the victory against AFC Wimbledon.
The Bees youngster, handed his first start after an impressive cameo at Derby last week, marked his full debut with a well-taken goal as they booked their place in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 5-3 win against the Dons.
And assistant manager Kernaghan reckons 20-year-old Norris showed shades of former England star Shearer (pictured).
He said: “Luke Norris has taken the bull by the horns tonight.
“It's been a frustrating time for him and taken between 18 months and two years for him to get over niggles and to get to where we would like him.
“He's taken his chance very well. I would liken him to an Alan Shearer-type striker.
“There's not an awful lot of fancy play from him but he knows where the goal is.”
Farid El Alagui's brace, coupled with goals from Norris, Ben Nugent and Javi Venta saw the Bees safely through, despite a spirited fightback from the visitors.
Kernaghan added: “It was a mixed night. There were lots of positives, but also some negatives with some of the defending.”
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