Talented youngsters starting to shine at Norwich City
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Few football academies have enjoyed as much praise as Southampton's in recent years, making Norwich City's 7-2 thrashing of the Saints under-21s even more satisfying.
The emphatic result, with Jamar Loza scoring five of the seven goals, came as no surprise to Canaries U21s coach Dmitri Halejko though.
'We've got a good academy here, we're in the top division of under-21s football for a reason, because we've got some really good players,' Halejko said.
'This season there have been games where we've been inconsistent and there's been games when we've been really good.
'This was one of the days that went really well for us and we managed to show that we've got some good players at this football club.'
The victory was City's second in succession, following last week's 2-0 home win over Manchester United, thanks to goals from Loza and Kyle Lafferty.
Beating the Saints moved the young Canaries up to eighth in the 12-team top tier of the Barclays U21 Premier League, with further home games against Sunderland and Liverpool to be played at Carrow Road before Christmas.
In both of those games Halejko's team have been bolstered by four over-age players, as permitted in the league's rules, as highlighted by Marouane Fellaini scoring one and creating two as Manchester United U21s beat Liverpool 3-2 elsewhere on Monday night.
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City supporters also got a second look at full-back Arinse Uade, currently on trial from non-league Ilkeston Town having been released by Arsenal in the summer.
The 19-year-old former Nigeria youth international featured as a substitute against United but played all of Monday's victory over Southampton.
'I thought he did really well and his cross for Kingy's (Cameron King) first goal was an exceptional cross,' Halejko said of Uade.
'I thought he competed really well, we were really impressed with the way he tackled and competed and his use of the ball was okay.
'So we're pretty pleased with how he's done, so we'll sit down with the coaching staff and discuss his progress from here.
'What we do as a group of coaches is sit down and watch the game back in a bit more detail.
'But on that showing I would say, very competitive, athletic and physical and if he carries on showing the kind of quality that he did to set up that goal then he'll be in a good place.'
The City coach also praised King for his contribution against the Saints, scoring twice in the first half.
'His two finishes I thought were exceptional, as a number 10 he's been looking to add that to his game, getting forward, and that's what he did,' Halejko added.
• City's under-18s head to Hull in the third round of the FA Youth Cup this evening.
The clash is being played at North Ferriby United's stadium, Grange Lane, and is a 7pm kick-off.
The Canaries famously lifted the trophy under Neil Adams in 2013 but went out at Watford in the fourth round in 2014 and at Doncaster Rovers in the third round last season.