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UNDER-21s: HALAJKO ON EVERTON

5 April 2016

City defeated in their last outing at Carrow Road

DMITRI Halajko reflected on his Under-21s' last game at Carrow Road, with all three of their remaining fixtures being on the road.

He saw his side fall to a 2-1 defeat to Everton on Monday night, as first half goals from Kieran Dowell and Antony Evans secured the three points for the Toffees.



"It was close but I thought if we had better quality on the ball and had a few slightly better individual performances, then we could have gotten something from the game," commented Halajko.

"Today we just came up short a bit and they probably deserved the win.

"I think we showed our age and naivety in those moments and a good team like Everton will punish you for that, and they did."

The young City stars were unable to break through a resilient Everton defence, until a late Jamal Lewis goal sparked hopes of a comeback.

"Jamal has done well to get nice and narrow in at the back post, which is what we want him to do," Halajko said to Norwich City TV.

"It's good for him and he's now got two goals in two games as he's been away with Northern Ireland. He's only just broken into the U21s squad, so it's a promising sign."



The defeat to Everton marked an end to the Under-21s' run of games at Carrow Road, and Halajko appreciates the effort that City fans have gone to in supporting his young Canaries.

Halajko stated: "The lads love playing at Carrow Road. Throughout the league, we're renowned for having the best matchday experience for both sides because we have the most stadium games."

"We have more fans turn up than anybody else on a regular basis. That's something Norwich City do better than anybody else."

Now, Halajko's side face a run of games away from Norfolk, travelling to Leicester and Southampton before their final game of the season away to Liverpool.

"We've now got three away games all against teams around us," remarked Halajko of the season's finale.

"They're all teams we've done well against so we'll be looking to take as many points as we can from them and propel us up the table."

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