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David Wright: We reacted very well

12 December 2017

David Wright was delighted with how his players reacted in the second-half as they turned around their FA Youth Cup third tie with Barnsley to eventually win 4-1.

Matthew Wolfe’s strike put The Tykes ahead on 28 minutes but a treble from Adam Idah and one from Anthony Spyrou helped complete a remarkable second half reverse for the Canaries.

Speaking post-match, the Under-18s boss said: “First half, we were poor. We were way below the standards that this group has set themselves.

“At half-time we spoke about it and we told the players it was unacceptable. We froze and you can’t do that. You need to rise to the occasion.

“But then, to be fair to the boys, they reacted really, really well. I think we dominated the second half. We then showed the kind of performance we’d been putting in recently.

“I’m really pleased with how they reacted as individuals and how they reacted as a collective. We showed Barnsley the power and pace and the quality that’s within this group.”

Wright was full of praise for his star duo of Idah and Spyrou up-front as they ripped apart the Barnsley back four in the second half.

“We’ve done lots of work on finding pockets and penetrating very well and we did that in the second half,” he added. “We’ve got two boys in Adam and Ant who have power, pace and quality.

“If we get into those pockets, you have to penetrate and you have to use the quality that those lads have got. It’s very difficult to stop them because they’re very good at what they do.

“The one where Adam ran through and their skipper was on his back for most of the time, I thought that was quality. He fended him off three or four times and to have the composure to finish like that was great.”

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