City edged out in last eight of FA Youth CupGRAEME Murty praised his Norwich City Under-18s side after they were defeated 2-0 in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final by Manchester City on Monday evening.
The Canaries youngsters reacted well to going a goal down early on, producing an impressive display which arguably merited a greater return from their visit to the Citizens' Academy Stadium.
Speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, Murty said: "I'm really proud because I thought from 30 minutes in until 20 minutes into the second half we were the better team.
"As always in football, you need to score when you're on top. They were a little bit more clinical than us, so credit to them because they're a very good side.
"However, for long periods I was really pleased with how we matched them. This group digs deep, and once they started to reach the right tempo we managed to play in Man City's half a lot more.
"It was down to the players figuring that out for themselves, and they deserve an immense amount of credit for tonight."
Murty was particularly pleased with the maturity shown by his players, as he explained: "We tried to give the team ownership of the match, which is something we've always done.
"As soon as they walk onto the pitch, it's largely down to them. I thought they did a really good job of that, and you could see their belief in the second half.
"The ten minutes leading up to half-time gave them assurance that they deserved to be here. Perhaps the most pleasing thing for me is we had three Under-16s on at the end.
"In years to come we'll hopefully have a real depth to the squad, and they can use what they've learned this season in the future."