Rough justice for Norwich City in EFL Trophy exit

Norwich City U21s' chief Dmitri Halajko was joined in the Norwich City dugout by Alan Irvine. Pictur

Norwich City U21s' chief Dmitri Halajko was joined in the Norwich City dugout by Alan Irvine. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City were victims of rough justice insisted U21s' chief Dmitri Halajko in Tuesday's 1-0 EFL Trophy defeat to Swansea City.

Norwich City midfielder Matt Jarvis was back in the mix after knee surgery. Picture by Matthew Usher

Norwich City midfielder Matt Jarvis was back in the mix after knee surgery. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries had Ben Godfrey sent-off in the first-half, after he was adjudged to have hauled back match-winner Oliver McBurnie, before Carlton Morris' second-half close range finish was disallowed for a foul by the striker in the build-up.

'We do feel hard done by. Very much so,' said Halajko. 'We felt those two key decisions were unjust and shaped the game. We thought they changed it in their favour and that was the difference. On the red card it was so wide it was not a clear goalscoring opportunity, the ball was wider of the 18 yard box and there was a coming together so if there was a touch it was as much their lad running into Ben as the other way around. I don't think there was enough deliberate contact for it to be a red card.

'On the disallowed goal it was given for a foul. We have just watched it back and their player grabs hold of Carlton Morris as the cross comes in. Carlton hands him off, shrugs him off, and their player goes back a couple of steps allowing him to tap it in. It was a foul on Carlton but because he is a big strong lad he has shrugged the player off and it looks worse than it is. We want Carlton to be strong in those situations.

'It is a real shame. We wouldn't have minded to a degree if we were outclassed or well beaten but we have lost on a few big decisions that have not gone our way. We had to play a different game there and adapt to different circumstances. Instead of having a lot of the ball we were not able to do that.'

Timm Klose captained Norwich City in the EFL Trophy defeat. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Lt

Timm Klose captained Norwich City in the EFL Trophy defeat. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Matt Jarvis made his long-awaited Norwich City comeback from knee surgery with 45 minutes as an over-aged player in his first outing since the final game of City's Premier League campaign in May. Jarvis was amongst a strong senior contingent that also included the likes of Timm Klose, Youssouf Mulumbu and Steven Whittaker in front of the watching Alex Neil.

'The first team manager wanted Matt to play 45 so that is good minutes under his belt,' said Halajko. 'Now he can push on. As far as I am aware he has come through okay. It was a difficult one for the senior players because we had to play a different game after the sending off instead of having a lot of the ball.'

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