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17 March 2017

Academy chief reflects on penalty shoot-out win for City's Under-23s

NORWICH City Academy Manager Richard Money lauded the character of the Club's Under-23s side after they progressed to the Premier League Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

City's Development Squad eventually edged past Fulham via a penalty shoot-out at Colney Training Centre, after the two teams played out an incredible 5-5 draw over 120 minutes.

Speaking to, Money said: "It's a great credit to the players and a real fillip for everybody.

"We had to work hard today to get through, so I'm really pleased. For some reason you sometimes get days like that where it feels like neither team can really hold onto the lead.

"Both teams gave up leads then had to chase it. We showed a lot of spirit, enterprise, endeavour and heart which on occasions you need to get you through games like this.

"We've had the same group playing together for a few games now, which doesn't always happen at Under-23s level. That showed today because they pulled each other through." 

In confirming their place in the last eight of the competition, the Canaries continued their excellent run in cup compeitions this term, with a Premier League International Cup semi-final with Sunderland on the horizon.

Entry to that game at Carrow Road on Friday, March 31 (7pm) is FREE to all fans, and Money added: "It makes for a really good end of season programme.

"There was a real desire from the group to get through, to get over the line. We'd love to have as many fans there as were there for the Zagreb game, if not more.

"The team is in a good place at the minute and playing well. We'd definitely encourage people to come and see us as we look to progress into a final which would be massive for the club.

"If the end result is the same as today we'd probably take it, although I'd prefer not to go through that again!"

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