Norwich City in the mood to go a long way in the EFL Trophy after a 4-1 romp against MK Dons
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Norwich City's U23s took a step closer a Wembley final on Tuesday night with a 4-1 EFL Trophy win over League One MK Dons to earn a home tie in the last-32.
Dmitri Halajko's squad finished top of their group with a 100pc win record as Nelson Oliveira notched a brace at Carrow Road in front of first team boss Alex Neil.
Carlton Morris and Ebou Adams were also on target to book a place in Thursday's draw for the knock-out stages of the revamped Football League Trophy.
'We are just happy to be in the next round. Whoever we play is another good experience for our younger players,' said Halajko. 'At this level the more games they play the better. We are actually unbeaten in all our cup games this season and that gives us more exposure at the highest level.
'We wanted to get through when we started in this competition. It is a good level to test our players so we have achieved that. It is a good night's work. The home tie in the next round is perfect for us and hopefully that advantage can help us.'
Oliveira, Josh Murphy and Sergi Canos were all on duty, in a strong home line up, with Michael Turner partnering Ben Godfrey in central defence for the hosts.
'Strikers want to score goals, Nelson got two and that should send him on his way to get more for the club in the future,' said Halajko.
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'Carlton does well for us whenever he drops in. He has scored a few goals, leads the line well and he is one who has come through our system and he is now setting the standard for the younger ones to push on.
'You learn so much in terms of the young lads playing alongside experienced players; much more than any training session. Michael is a really top professional and will help the younger ones.
'I thought Ebou did very well in central midfield and Ray (Grant) as well. We had two boys there who have not played league football so for them to play as a two is a real positive for us. Our gameplan was to press them because they do play some nice stuff. We were progressive and on the front foot and that is credit to the players who were still running hard at 4-1 up.'
• Peterborough beat Barnet 2-1 in the other Southern Group F game.