Carlton Morris was ‘best player on the pitch’ for Norwich City U23s against Middlesbrough

Norwich City U23s coach Dmitri Halajko. Picture: Rob Howarth/Jasonpix

Norwich City U23s coach Dmitri Halajko. Picture: Rob Howarth/Jasonpix - Credit: Rob Howarth

Young striker Carlton Morris impressed Norwich City Under-23s boss Dmitri Halajko with his performance as he scored in a losing cause against Middlesbrough last night.

The burly 20-year-old slid home Todd Cantwell's cross in the 79th minute to spark a late surge but the young Canaries could not rescue a point from the Premier League Two encounter.

Match report – Norwich City U23s 1 Middlesbrough U23s 2

The FA Youth Cup winner scored eight goals in 32 Scottish Premiership games while on loan at Hamilton last season and Halajko is impressed with the striker's development.

'I think he's really matured well,' the U23s coach said. 'I thought he was excellent for us, he did all the horrible little bits well, defended set-pieces, he got stuck in, he held the ball up, he went up for headers.

'Sometimes it can be hard going into a squad that you haven't trained and played with loads but he's come in and played and led the line brilliantly for us.

'He's set a great example to some of the younger lads in this dressing room who will want to go on and emulate a good loan move like he's had and a little bit of first team exposure like he's had.'

Morris has made just one senior appearance for the Canaries so far, during a 1-0 Championship defeat to Wigan in March 2015, but is likely to get a chance to impress when Halajko leads City's U23s into their first EFL Trophy group stage game at Peterborugh United on Tuesday.

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'I don't think he's done himself any harm,' Halajko added. 'Anyone watching will have been impressed, I'd go as far as to say he was probably the best player on the pitch.'