Main Page

Quick Links

The Rest
   Club info
   Last Season
   Unlikely Lads
   A-Z Index



Season 2012-13
Norwich City (h) Professional Development League

Date: Monday 8th April 2013, 1pm

 Whitley Park


Newcastle Res

Norwich City Res

2 - 0




38 mins Miele shot 1-0

Half time: United 1 City 0

81 mins
Richardson penalty 2-0

Full time: United 2 City 0

We said

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.



Page last updated 22 April, 2013