Norwich City manager Peter Grant saw the Canaries easily pass into the second round of the Carling Cup but was angry by his side’s display in the second 45 minutes.
The Championship side were already 5-0 up when they went into the dressing room at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening after a scintilating display to leave the Bees completely lost but allowed Barnet back into the match and claim two goals from Jason Puncheon and Adam Birchall to reduce the defecit.
Grant told City’s official website: ‘I’m very disappointed. They had too many shots at goal. We were very poor in the second half. Some good attacking play in some aspects of the first half, but there’s a lot of work to be done.’
By the end of the match, Barnet had equalled the home side’s efforts/shots but couldn’t find the net as many times and Grant has blasted his side for throwing away what could have been a total demolition.
‘As I said to them at half time, the only thing I asked of them was to keep a clean sheet and I thought we were very, very poor in the second half. A lack of quality and understanding.’
He did praise Barnet’s response, however, but said that it could have been prevented had the Canaries concentrated for the full 90 minutes. ‘To be fair to Barnet they kept going and they had some good chances in the first half also. But from our aspect I’m very disappointed.’ He was also critical of Jamie Cureton who was substituted for his ‘lack of professionalism,’ along with the whole team, for not passing to an open player and taking the opportunity to score a hat-trick on his second debut for the club, which did not come off the way he had hoped.
‘We’re not good enough to make it easy. If it was 5-0 it doesn’t matter.’