The simple act that convinces Farke City ace Cantwell is top class
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Todd Cantwell’s reaction to his costly midweek error at Tottenham underlined why Norwich City have a top player on their hands.
The Dereham prospect coughed up possession outside his own box prior to half-time that led to a swift Spurs' counter slotted by Dele Alli for the home side's opening goal in a 2-1 win.
Cantwell has blossomed under Daniel Farke's guidance in the big time, but the City head coach insists he still has a long way to go.
"Todd is a class player, I am happy with his attitude and he will learn from what happened at Tottenham," he said. "The little mistake in the build-up was quite costly but I liked his reaction. He was not too down, or felt sorry for himself.
"He kept going and delivered a top performance.
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"You have to stick with these young lads. If it was that easy everyone would decide not to spend money and work with younger players.
"It is tricky to do this. During a first season in the Premier League you are going to make mistakes, but if you want to develop players and bring them on a journey to this level you have to stick by them. We will do this with Todd.
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"He has been fantastic but he also has to learn to make the right decisions. The same with Max Aarons. That was only his first assist of the season the other night (to earn Norwich's penalty).
"There is space for improvement and my feeling is they are at the right club at the moment."
City take a break from Premier League survival today with an FA Cup trip to Burnley, but Farke's belief in his squad remains unshakeable.
"I will keep working with a group who are so young and their CV is not as impressive as many other clubs at this level. But my job is to get the most out of this group," he said.
"If we deliver those type of performances and we are competitive, which they were against a side in the Champions League final not all that long ago, then we can't ask for more.
"We won't give up. That is in our DNA.
"We believe in miracles or we would have raised the white flag before the season started. You have to create them. It is hard to keep believing when you have such a harsh outcome and you ask, 'Why always us?'
"To concede a goal from a deflected cross is tough but you have to show a winning mentality."