City’s Under-18s boss David Wright was pleased with the fight shown by his side as the Canaries twice came from behind to beat Derby County 4-2 in extra-time.
A Ryan Dickerson penalty save in the last minute of injury time kept City in it and forced the game into extra time. Timi Odusina and Anthony Spyrou then struck in either half to put City through to the fifth round.
It was a turnaround for the Canaries after a lacklustre first-half in which they found themselves 2-1 down.
“Very pleased tonight,” Wright said after the match. “We spoke at half-time about what the players were waiting for because they seemed to be playing within themselves. But we grew into it in the second half and we got on top.
“By extra-time we’d worked out each other, so it was all about desire then. We had lads going down with cramp but they carried on and it was brilliant to see their character to keep going, which was just as pleasing as the win.”
Wright was full of praise for Dickerson, who stepped in late following an injury to Jon McCracken.
“We did our homework on their penalties because they’d gone to penalties in the last round against Manchester United, and Ryan’s got down really well and it was a great save at a vital time, and I’m really pleased for him.”
Glenn Middleton came off the bench in the second half to mark his return from a long injury lay-off, and Wright was pleased with his performance.
“Glenn made a good impact. He’s been out for a while so we have to treat him with care. But he’s vey dangerous going forward and you could see the impact he had put there tonight.”
City will face the winners of Newcastle and Crystal Palace in the 5th round, again at Carrow Road.
“Another home tie is great. I think this is the first run of home games we’ve had in the Youth Cup in a long long time so hopefully the fans will get behind the boys and push us on. The support was great tonight and the lads love playing at Carrow Road in front of a crowd.”