Halajko on his Under-23s side ahead of Everton cup fixtureNORWICH City's Under-23s come up against Everton on Friday after drawing 1-1 with Brighton on Monday.
Coach Dmitri Halajko knows that his side's trip to Everton will be a challenging one, telling canaries.co.uk: "Everton will be very tough, they're top of the league above and they have players like Mason Holgate who've been in and around the first team.
"I've spoken to Alan Irvine quite a lot because he knows that group of players well. To get anything away from home at Everton you have to be at your best."
Sergi Canos secured a point for City's youngsters on the south coast earlier in the week, with Halajko adding: "I think we deserved a little bit more from Brighton, we were slightly better than them.
"I thought our younger players looked better, we had more of the ball and had the slightly better chances. Having said that, it was still a good result."
Halajko is pleased with the progress his players are making, commenting: "From a player development point of view, we've had Ben Godfrey step up and make a few first team appearances, we've had Ray Grant step up and get involved in a few first team squads and Louis Ramsay.
"People are progressing and getting better and that's the main thing, there's been opportunities to train with the first team, to get into first team squads and to play in and around experienced players.
"They know that they're getting a good opportunity to test themselves and to improve."
City's youngsters have lost just one game in their previous six matches in all competitions, drawing 0-0 with Portsmouth in their previous Premier League Cup game.
"I think we've been very successful in the cups, in terms of results but our league form's been indifferent," said Halajko.
"I think our performances have been better than what our results suggest, there have been certain games where we should've got more points on the board than we have done.
"We've had games where we haven't had any first team boys, such as Blackburn away, where we were by far the dominant team, had by far the better chances and came up short."