Goals, goals, goals...Norwich City’s story so far in the EFL Trophy
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Norwich City U21s are just four matches from Wembley as they prepare to entertain Swansea City Under-21s in the last 32 of the Checkatrade Trophy.
With the likes of Timm Klose, Youssouf Mulumbu and Matt Jarvis being used as seniors, the Canaries will be heavy favourites to advance against the Swans, who have named a young squad for the tie.
Here we take a look at how City eased through the group stages of the much-maligned competition.
Tuesday, August 30
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City started the competition with a bang as Tony Andreu's hat-trick helped the Canaries' youngsters to an emphatic win over the League One side.
Josh Murphy set the ball rolling with a fine finish past Posh goalkeeper Mark Tyler and Andreu then grabbed his first of the evening, volleying home James Maddison's corner.
Maddison then got in on the act himself with a deflected strike and Andreu made it 4-0 before the break by sweeping home Harry Toffolo's pull-back.
Jermaine Anderson pulled one back for the hosts with a header but Norwich restored their four-goal lead when Andreu completed his hat-trick from Josh Murphy's pass.
Josh Murphy completed the rout late on but there was still time for Ben Killip to earn his share of the headlines by saving a penalty from Tom Nichols.
Team: Killip (c); Ramsay, Godfrey, Efete, Toffolo; Andreu, Thompson, Grant (Cantwell, 78), Jo. Murphy; Maddison; Morris. Subs not used: Oxborough (GK), Ashley-Seal, Crowe, Middleton, Jaiyesimi, Adams.
Tuesday, October 4
Barnet 0 Norwich City 5
City secured their place in the knockout stages of the competition by hammering Barnet 5-0 at Carrow Road.
The visitors' cause wasn't helped by captain Bondz N'Gala's dismissal just after the half-hour mark for a tackle on Josh Murphy.
The Canaries made the man advantage count just before half-time when Josh Murphy fired home after latching on to Ray Grant's pass.
Josh Murphy doubled his, and City's, tally early in the second half before Sergi Canos made it 3-0 with a deflected effort.
A superb Nelson Oliveira effort made it 4-0 after being set up by Alex Pritchard, who was making his long-awaited return from injury.
Josh Murphy completed the rout late on by securing his hat-trick with a tidy finish.
Team: Jones; Efete, Godfrey, Odusina, Ramsay; Thompson (c), Grant; Canos (Morris 76), Pritchard, Jo. Murphy; Oliveira (Jaiyesimi 84). Subs not used: Killip (GK), Cantwell, Ashley-Seal, Middleton, Adams.
Tuesday, November 8
Norwich City 4 MK Dons 1
City confirmed their place in the next round with another impressive display as Nelson Oliveira's brace helped the Canaries ease to victory.
Oliveira teed up Carlton Morris to smash home the first goal of the evening and the Portuguese striker made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after his strike partner had been brought down.
Oliveira grabbed his second of the night after following up Sergi Canos' effort before Finn Tapp pulled a goal back for MK Dons.
However, City had the final word of the night when Ebou Adams's long-range strike restored the Canaries' three-goal advantage.
Team: Killip (c); Whittaker (Efete, 45), Godfrey, Turner, Ramsay; Canos, Grant, Adams, Jo. Murphy; Oliveira (Jaiyesimi, 85), Morris (Cantwell, 79). Subs not used: Hallett, Crowe, McIntosh, Middleton.