38 mins Miele shot 1-0
Half time: United 1 City 0
81 mins Richardson penalty 2-0
Full time: United 2 City 0
Reserve coach Willie Donachie:
"I think it's just about having a
settled team who train together and play together, and we've not had that
for quite a while. In the middle of the season, with the European games and
stuff, there hasn't really been a squad to work with.
Now it seems to have settled down after the transfer window and we actually
know who we've got and, as I say, it's been a settled team for a few weeks
that I've been able to work with and I've seen an improvement in them.
"I said to them before the game that it is about results and the game
is about winning. If you keep losing, it shows you're not good enough so I'm
all for nice, creative football - I believe in attractive football - but the
professional game is about winning.
"You've got to win and that shows that you're better than the other
team. It's no good flattering to deceive. You've got to win and when you do,
everybody's happier. It's like on Sunday when the first-team won - the whole
atmosphere of the Club changes - so winning's great. The development is
very, very important but the development comes from playing 11-a-side
regularly in a team.
"Norwich seem to have a great youth system in terms of developing
players and so it was no easy game. They were above us in the league so I
was desperate to beat them. They were young but we were young as well. We
had five or six Academy players playing so they were quite even sides and it
was a good game to win.
"I felt we were in control against but there was a bit of
inconsistency. We scored two great goals and then made some really basic,
elementary schoolboy errors. I said to them afterwards that it's about
consistency, the difference between the first-team and us.
"They consistently do the right thing whereas one minute we would do
something brilliant and then do something stupid. But that's just their age
and their lack of maturity, and it just takes time and patience.
"As a Scotsman, it was great for us to score against an England
goalkeeper! Before the game I was a little bit worried about that. I thought
he could dominate and we might make chances and he would save them, but
luckily he was a little bit rusty.
"They were two great goals that we scored and we had other chances
which we just didn't take."
Monday afternoon saw United's U21 side extend
their unbeaten run to seven matches with a deserved win, marred only by a leg
injury sustained by Curtis Good.
With first team coaches John Carver and Steve Stone present at Whitley Park,
goals from Brandon Miele and Michael Richardson kept the Magpies within touching
distance of group leaders Reading.
A largely uneventful opening period saw only a deflected header from Lubo Satka
come anywhere near to testing John Ruddy. However the City 'keeper was
retrieving the ball from his own net on 38 minutes after a smooth interchange of
passes between Alex Gilliead and Miele ended with the latter firing his side
into the lead.
A coming together in midfield between Good and City's Olu Durojaiye both down
and requiring treatment, but while the visiting player was able to resume,
defender Good had to be helped from the field in some pain.
With Jonathyn Quinn appearing for the second half to link up with fellow Academy
forward Gilliead, United were good value for their lead and wrapped up the
points just before the hour mark.
The goal was similar to Newcastle's opener, with Michael Richardson skillfully
advancing into the area before prodding home his second in three games.
Despite enjoying territorial advantage over a demoralised City for the final
half hour though, United were unable to find the net again and remain third on
goal difference behind the Canaries, with four games to play.