Norwich City Under-21s challenged to finish season strongly

Ebou Adams battles with Gethin Jones of Everton during Norwich City U21s' 2-1 loss at Carrow Road. P

Ebou Adams battles with Gethin Jones of Everton during Norwich City U21s' 2-1 loss at Carrow Road. Picture: Jason Dawson/Jasonpix - Credit: JASON DAWSON/JASONPIX

Norwich City Under-21s coach Dmitri Halajko has challenged his young charges to raise their game for their final three games of the season.

The young Canaries were beaten 2-1 by Everton in the final home match of their U21 Premier League campaign on Monday. City now complete their fixtures with away games at Leicester, Southampton and Liverpool, as they look to climb off the bottom of the Division One table.

'They were a bit more experienced, the age showed that,' Halajko said following the loss to Everton. 'We had 10 players in the squad that were under-18s or below and they only had two or three, but we can't use that as an excuse if we're going to play at this level. We've got to start learning quick and the two goals especially were naive moments on our part and good teams punish you.

'We want to be better on the ball then we were. Everton are a good team and we expect them to have little spells but it's important when we have our spells that we retain the ball better and have more attacking threat.'

QPR midfielder Nathan Corkery played the full game against the Toffees as part of a week-long trial for the Republic of Ireland youth international, who has not been offered a new contract by the Rs.

Halajko added: 'I think he had some nice touches, we wanted him to influence the game a little bit more but he's got some good training sessions under his belt so the coaching team will review his week.'

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