Norwich City senior stars praised for their part in under-23s’ thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb

Joshua Murphy on the ball for Norwich City U23 v Dinamo Zagreb U23 during the Premier League Interna

Joshua Murphy on the ball for Norwich City U23 v Dinamo Zagreb U23 during the Premier League International Cup Quarter-Final match at Carrow Road, Norwich . Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's young guns benefited from the experience of some of the Canaries' senior stars on a memorable night of European knockout football at Carrow Road.

Kyle Lafferty scored twice and was joined by Ryan Bennett and Matt Jarvis in helping City's under-23s romp to a stylish 6-0 thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb's development side last night.

After helping seal a place in the semi-finals of the Premier League International Cup, academy manager Richard Money praised the impact of the over-age players in the game.

'That type of fixture in the calendar is invaluable for our young players, to play alongside a group of senior players whose attitude was first class, you can't buy that experience,' the former Cambridge United boss said.

'So from that point of view the under-23s calendar has been very good this season because we've had a number of those occasions where we've been able to mix that type of team. I thought we played with some real quality and after we got the first goal, the floodgates opened and we looked really dangerous all night.'

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Further goals from Josh Murphy and James Maddison were added to by goals in the second half from teenagers Glenn Middleton and Todd Cantwell.

'The foreign teams probably approach it a bit different to us as well, so that's good experience,' Money continued. 'They were very much a counter-attacking team, we thought that before the game but we really got on top of them after about 20 minutes and never allowed them to break and they weren't able to get out of their own half at times.

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'So it was a good learning experience and the senior players were absolutely outstanding with their attitude.'

Money also confirmed that Matt Jarivs' half-time exit was pre-planned and not because of an injury problem and enjoyed seeing Cantwell allowed to roll home a late penalty, on his 19th birthday.

'He's been in good form, Todd, but unfortunately you can only pick 11 players,' the former Scunthorpe and Fulham defender added.

'It was nice to get him on the pitch at the end and whether it was his birthday or just the young players saying go and score a goal, a little bit of both would be nice.'

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