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18 December 2014

U18s boss on Doncaster defeat

JERRY Gill admitted it wasn’t to be for Norwich City’s Under-18s as they were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by Doncaster Rovers on Thursday night.

Jack McKay scored twice in extra-time to complete his hat-trick after Michee Efete had levelled for the Canaries close to the end of the 90 minutes.

Gill, who took over from Neil Adams as coach in the summer, says mistakes cost him team a place in the Fourth Round.

“It felt like a bit like it wasn’t to be, especially seeing as we hit the woodwork a couple of times,” he told after the final whistle.

“We weren’t up to scratch in the first half, we looked a bit nervous if I’m honest. We looked a bit like we were caught in the headlights.

“We improved in the second half and when we got the goal, I hoped we would then go on to control the game and keep the ball, but Doncaster came back at us.

“Their second and third goals were bad ones from our point of view, and their first was a penalty.”

After playing in front a crowd of 318 at the impressive Keepmoat Stadium, Gill believes his players will learn plenty from the experience, especially after a difficult defeat.

“They’re really down in there at the moment, and that’s probably the first time for some of them that they’ve felt like that in their short careers,” he added.

“It’s never easy to take a defeat like that, even when you’re 38 years old let alone 17.

“We’ve now got to put all our focus into improving these players as individuals in the rest of the season and make decisions on contracts looking to the future.”

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