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21 December 2015

Stalemate at Carrow Road

NORWICH City's Under-21s fought an evenly contested affair against Liverpool at Carrow Road on Monday evening, with the game ending goalless.

Dmitri Halajko reflected on the stalemate, remarking: "I think there were plenty of chances for both teams. In the first half, we were slightly better and could have gone in 1-0 up at half-time.

"In the second half, they had some good chances but on the break late on, we could have nicked it. A draw is probably a fair result."

Inside the first minute City forced an opening, with Glenn Middleton's surging run earned him space to shoot, but he saw his effort sail over the crossbar early on.

City striker Jamar Loza claimed for a penalty when he thought he was fouled after a sublime flick from Todd Cantwell set Loza free in the penalty area.

A flowing move was halted by the out-stretched leg of Joe Maguire and Middleton pounced on the rebound, seeing his effort collected by Ryan Fulton in the Liverpool goal.

Jerome Sinclair then flashed a shot narrowly off-target after a succession of set-pieces for the visitors on the half mark.

Sinclair was causing the City defence problems and he broke the offside trap but could only fire straight at Jake Kean from a narrow angle.

Liverpool had chances to win it at the death, but failed to hit the target and had to settle for a share of the spoils.

On the remarkable crowd of 9,278, Halajko added: "It's brilliant for the players' development, and that's what we're all here for.

"If you're trying to get them on to the next level, they have to learn how to play in front of a crowd. Norwich City do these games better than any other club.

"Our boys will get better and better because of that, so for all the fans I think the lads would like to say a thank you to them."

FULL-TIME: Norwich City 0-0 Liverpool

NORWICH CITY: Kean; Hall-Johnson (c), Coker, Crowe, Uade; Grant, McGrandles; Eaton-Collins (Efete 67), Cantwell, Middleton; Loza. Unused subs: King, Killip (GK), McIntosh, Fleming.

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