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Norwich City youngsters were taught a lesson by Thetford Town in Senior Cup defeat

06:30 19 November 2014

Action from Thetford Town V NCFC U21s. Norwich

Action from Thetford Town V NCFC U21s. Norwich's Carlton Morris has a discussion with the Ref. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Some of Norwich City’s young hopefuls were taught a lesson at Thetford Town last night as the club’s under-21 side were dumped out of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

The Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side won the fourth-round tie 1-0 at Mundford Road, thanks to a 71st minute goal from substitute Ian Fancett.

Professional development coach Paul Wilkinson was once again in charge of the City U21s, during the continued absence of Dale Brooks due to ill-health.

And the former Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager admitted Thetford deserved the victory.

“No complaints at all, at the end of the day it was a tough game, we knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew when we come to these types of places teams raise their game because it’s a fantastic opportunity for them,” Wilkinson said.

“To be fair, we had our chances, we didn’t take them on the night and they took their opportunity.

“Nobody likes to lose a football match, the most important thing now is we’ve got to bounce back, we’re at Fulham on Sunday and that’s a good opportunity for us to get back on track.”

With a team featuring some of the club’s FA Youth Cup winning side of 2013, including striker Carlton Morris and midfielder Cameron McGeehan, it was a disappointing result for the Canaries.

There were several frustrated players in yellow shirts as they failed to make their class tell on a difficult pitch, but Wilkinson is sure plenty of lessons were learned.

“It provided a different type of test for us and obviously we’re disappointed with the result,” Wilkinson added. “We’ve just been talking in there with the lads about that, sometimes you have to come to places like this, just like if it’s with the first team in the FA Cup. These games are going to come around and you’ve still got to try to be brave enough to do the right thing.

“They’re young and they get involved in the game and it’s a good learning curve for them because they don’t come up against this every week.”

Match report: Norwich City U21s knocked out of Norfolk Senior Cup by Thetford Town

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4 comments

  • The next two home games are going to be crucial to our season. I just hope that at long last we have learnt from our mistakes and rectified some of the most glaring failures. To get six points from these games is vital if we are going to get back into contention as at least a play-off team. But it isn't going to be easy and we need to concentrate the whole game, show more resilience, and get the ball up to the front men far more quickly and tellingly. By that I mean balls ahead of players for them to run onto and meaningful crisp cross from the flanks. The more chances we create the more we ought to score. If players like Grabban can shrug off their frustrations and focus on their game and if we can provide them with good passes we ought to see goals return. The crux of this, however is: have we learnt and can we rectify our failings?

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • A former Sheff Wed pro was in charge. Surely he knew what playing cup ties against a minnows was all about. But apparently not. No point in knocking the youths however they merely replicated at their level the stinking attitude to cup ties that prevails at a club once famous for its cup runs. By comparison, England went to Scotland and rather than be ridiculed by inferior opposition played with pride and passion to record an impressive win. That's what "playing for the shirt" is all about.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • Let`s "take the positives" out of this. At least they learned something at Thetford. At Norwich? Nah.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

  • I think they have been watching the first team too much this season. Fulham on Sunday? Have we EVER won there?

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    Bogaz John

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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