Dominant second-half performance against Wolves pleases interim Norwich City U23s boss Richard Money
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Interim boss Richard Money was pleased with the way Norwich City 'dominated' the second half of their pivotal Premier League Cup encounter with Wolves this afternoon.
The young Canaries had been on the back foot for much of the first half but went ahead just before the break and romped clear with four further goals after the break.
Three goals from Todd Cantwell, with the others scored by Ebou Adams and Diallang Jaiyesimi, ensured City have qualified for the knockout stages of the cup competition.
'It was a really tight first 30 minutes, neither team could really get a foothold in the game,' former Cambridge United boss Money said, as he continues to cover the U23s as part of his role as academy manager, following Dmitri Halajko's exit.
'But I think once we scored you could see a bit of a spring in everybody's step and getting the second goal straight after half-time and a third very quickly after, sort of set the scene for the rest of the half.
'I felt we dominated really throughout the second half, it was very good, very pleased.'
The win ensures City's development squad have made it through to the last 16 but they will need to wait for the outcome of Portsmouth's game against Everton on Monday night to find out if they have finished top of Group D.
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That game will be played at the same time (7pm) as the Canaries taking on Dinamo Zagreb in the Premier League International Cup quarter-finals at Carrow Road, as the U23s continue to compete on three fronts.
'I think the cup competitions have been really good for us this year,' Money continued. 'Unfortunately I wasn't here for the Checkatrade Trophy and I know there were some really good results in the group stages there.
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'The International Cup, we've won all three games there and have a big game coming up on Monday, and this group's been very tight.
'It's been a bit topsy-turvy but we've ended up definitely qualifying and if the result goes our way between Everton and Portsmouth we'll finish top, so very pleased.'
Cantwell's performance in particular caught the eye against Wolves, also swinging in the corner from which Adams headed his goal, as the 18-year-old playmaker from Dereham continues to impress.
'It's just about lighting the touch paper with him,' Money added. 'He's obviously had a lot of injury problems the first half of the season.
'I think in pre-season he probably thought he was going to push on and he got a bad injury and he's taken a while to get back to where he can be.
'But he showed some signs that maybe that's coming and it's up to him now to push himself in front of the manager's eyes for the rest of the season.'
Listen to the full post-match interview using the audio player above.