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Carrow Road | 8th October 2012 19:00

Norwich U21s v Everton U21s

Everton's Under-21 side recorded their third successive victory with a well-contested 2-0 win against Norwich City on Monday evening.

The Blues headed to Carrow Road following three-point hauls against Blackburn and Bolton - and Apostolos Vellios and Conor Grant were on target to similar benefit against the Canaries.

The game handed Thomas Hitzlsperger a chance to impress Everton coaches as his trial with the Club continued.

The German midfielder had been training with the first-team for the past fortnight, having been released by Wolfsburg in the summer.

And the former Aston Villa and West Ham grabbed a full 90 minutes operating efficiently in the centre of the park.

The fixture also offered valuable game time for Sylvain Distin and Jan Mucha, who joined up with the squad on Monday morning.

With neither man on international duty this week, Distin played the opening 45 minutes while Mucha started and finished the contest.

The Slovakian's eventual clean sheet was relatively unharmed in the first period, with twin brothers Josh and Jacob Murphy creating the best chances for the host side.

At the other end, Everton carved out openings through Vellios, Magaye Gueye and Conor McAleny - with all three firing narrowly wide in an even first half.

A flurry of substitutions surrounded the interval, some perhaps forced. McAleny and Junior departed in place of Hallam Hope and Grant minutes before the whistle, while Distin was replaced by Matthew Pennington for the second half.

Despite the reshuffle, Alan Stubbs' side started brightly and took the lead on 48 minutes when Vellios was perfectly placed three yards out to tap in Ibou Touray's left-wing cross.

As the game progressed, Jed Steer was left stranded when Grant got on the end of a Hope cross, but a deflection looped the ball onto the bar.

Vellios attempted an audacious chip over the Canaries keeper, while Mucha did well to deny David Fox and Jamar Loza's best efforts.

And with less than 10 minutes to go, Grant wrapped up all three points with a stunning half-volley from the edge of the box.

The forward ran to meet Gueye's centre and connected perfectly with a sweet left-foot finish to give Steer no chance.

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