Top spot the aim for Norwich City U23s against Aston Villa in Premier League International Cup clash

Josh Murphy of Norwich City U23 scores a long range effort against Celtic U23 during the Premier Lea

Josh Murphy of Norwich City U23 scores a long range effort against Celtic U23 during the Premier League International Cup match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Automatic qualification is the aim for Norwich City Under-23s when they complete their Premier League International Cup group campaign at Carrow Road tomorrow night.

Carlton Morris of Norwich City U23 celebrates his second goal against Celtic U23 during the Premier

Carlton Morris of Norwich City U23 celebrates his second goal against Celtic U23 during the Premier League International Cup match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Aston Villa's development squad are the opponents in a 7pm kick-off, with the young Canaries only needing a draw to confirm top spot in Group E.

That follows a 2-0 win over Valencia in September and a comfortable 3-0 victory over Celtic in November, leaving them on the verge of joining clubs including Manchester United, Porto, Dinamo Zagreb and Hertha Berlin in qualifying as group winners.

U23s coach Dmitri Halajko wants his team to go for the win against Villa though, to try and end a six-game winless run, following a 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Monday.

'We'll go and try to win the game. We played Villa recently, beat them 2-1 away at Villa Park and we had to play very, very well that night to get that win,' Halajko told City's official website.

Michael Turner of Norwich City U23 heads the ball against Celtic U23 during the Premier League Inter

Michael Turner of Norwich City U23 heads the ball against Celtic U23 during the Premier League International Cup match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

'It's going to be a tough game. If we get anything out of the game it'll be because we deserved it because they're a good team in our league with some good players.


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'I think cup games always add something a little bit special and games at Carrow Road are always something a bit special for these lads, so hopefully we put on something for people to enjoy.

'If we win this game we will get through to the quarter-finals, that'll be the first time the group has ever got through to that stage since it started so that'll be a good achievement.'

Matt Jarvis stepped up his injury comeback in the defeat against West Ham and could continue his bid for full fitness, in a match which is free to attend for fans.

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