Aston Villa U23s 1 Norwich City U23s 2 – Carlton Morris maintains goal-scoring form for young Canaries

Carlton Morris of Norwich City U23s. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Carlton Morris of Norwich City U23s. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Carlton Morris continued his good form by helping Norwich City Under-23s to a 2-1 win at Aston Villa last night.

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The striker scored his third goal in five days for the U23s, following two goals in a 3-0 win over Celtic U23s in the Premier League International Cup at Carrow Road last Wednesday.

The 20-year-old scored the vital second goal at Villa Park to take his U23s tally for the season to six, drawing level as top scorer with Josh Murphy.

Scottish winger Glenn Middleton, still just 16 years old, opened the scoring for the young Canaries in the 13th minute after Morris teed him up on the left of the Villa penalty area and his powerful cross was palmed into the net by home keeper Matija Sarkic.

Morris, Ben Godfrey and Ray Grant were the players with the most senior experience in the tank, with no over-age players featuring for City in the Premier League Two fixture.

Ben Killip made a good stop from Czech Republic international striker Libor Kozak, 27, in the 41st minute but Rushian Hepburn-Murphy turned the rebound into the roof of the net to equalise for Villa.

Morris reclaimed the lead for the visitors with a neat finish five minutes into the second half and good keeping from skipper Killip, as well as a goal-line clearance from 17-year-old centre-back Timi Odusina, made sure of the three points.

The win was a seventh in 10 games for Dmitri Halajko's team in all competitions, moving them up to ninth place in Division Two.

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'They're not fazed by much anymore, having played in big games at big stadiums,' Halajko told City's website.

'In the last few months they've won at White Hart Lane, Goodison Park and Villa Park. Any team in world football would be happy to win at those three grounds, and they feel comfortable in those environments now.

'We always had faith that as they gained more experience they would get the rewards for all the hard work they put in. It's a tight-knit group who work hard for each other every day.'

Next up for the U23s is a Carrow Road league clash with Swansea City, with City offering free tickets for the 7pm kick-off. See www.canaries.co.uk/tickets for full details.

City U23s: Killip (C); Efete, Godfrey, Crowe, Ramsay (Odusina 22); Adams, Grant; Jaiyesimi, Cantwell (McIntosh 67), Middleton; Morris (Higgs 90). Unused subs: Oxborough, Sambu.

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