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Todd Cantwell: A debut to remember

19 January 2018

Todd Cantwell says making his Norwich City debut away to Chelsea was a surreal moment, but one which will remain with him for the rest of his career.

The 19-year-old was introduced with four minutes of normal time remaining of the Emirates FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday night, having previously been an unused substitute on numerous occasions this season.

Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, Cantwell said: "I was delighted to come on.

"It was a tight game and the boys put in a real shift. I was just pleased to be able to play my part.

"Naturally, it was a bit surreal but you have to take the opportunity you've been given. We worked so hard and it was a real shame to go out on penalties.

"That's football. We took them all the way and that says a lot about the club and what we can do when we're together.

"For myself, I'm just chuffed to bits and want to kick on now. Hopefully I can get some more minutes and help the boys push on."

Lewis' dramatic goal deep into injury-time forced an extra 30 minutes, with Cantwell the nearest City player to his fellow Academy graduate as the ball nestled in the net.

"First of all, I was just delighted to see it go into the net," he added.

"Then, as we're running off, I see '26, Lewis' on the back. That made me even happier.

"I just wanted to get over there and celebrate with him. It was a special moment and I'm really happy for him.

"Myself and Jamal came through the Academy, so to play in a game like that and celebrate in front of the fans was brilliant."


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