City youngsters beaten at semi-final stageNORWICH City Academy Manager Richard Money felt the Club's Under-23s found themselves on the wrong end of a 'tight game' after bowing out of the Premier League International Cup on Friday night.
The young Canaries exited the competition at the semi-final stage following a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at Carrow Road, bringing an end to their fine run in the tournament.
"We said before the game it was going to be really tight," Money told reporters after the match.
"In semi-finals there's rarely very much in it. They scored, and we've huffed and puffed a little bit in the first half.
"The second half we were a bit better but couldn't get the equaliser. If we'd scored, we'd have been in the ascendancy and could have gone on to win the game in extra-time.
"However, ultimately, we've lost a tight game."
While there was obvious disappointment among the City ranks, Money urged the squad to bounce back quickly with a Premier League Cup quarter-final clash with Liverpool on the horizon.
"You don't get many chances in your life, at any level, to go into a final," he added.
"That's disappointing but we'll go again on Monday. We've got another chance with our other quarter-final, and that's what football is.
"It's testimony to the group that we've got that to look forward to, having lost a semi-final. We'll pick ourselves up and go again."