Coach reacts to 3-1 win in front of 10,405 at Carrow RoadJERRY Gill described the support received at Carrow Road as ‘unbelievable’ for Norwich City’s Development Squad win over Tottenham Hotspur.
A following of 10,405 a national record for the Barclays Under-21s Premier League, saw the Canaries produce an accomplished performance to triumph 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
“It shows really more than anything what a place Norwich is as a city,” Gill told canaries.co.uk.
“It’s unbelievable. It shows all the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes. It’s a club that really wants to encourage and promote the Academy within.
“As long as that’s there and we’re putting on a show like that, I think we’ll constantly get these type of evenings at Carrow Road and hopefully there will be many more to come.
“To get a result off the back of it, and some really good performances in the team, it couldn’t really have gone any better than that.”
Gill believes that the pathway is there at the Club for youngsters who impress, like goalscorers Cameron King and Carlton Morris, to reach the first-team.
King particularly impressed behind the front pair of Morris and Gary Hooper.
“We know now from history that Neil (Adams) will give them a chance. I’m you’re a youngster within this Academy now, there’s no better time to be here,” he added.
“Displays like that from individuals like Cameron – there were a few others out there too – will catch Neil’s eye and he’s not afraid of putting them into squads.
“They need to do it on a regular basis, on the training ground day-in, day-out on the windy, muddy cold days at Colney. It will get spotted.”
He also credited Hooper and fellow senior pro Elliott Bennett for their parts in Tuesday’s victory.
“They were brilliant. Whenever they’ve played in the Under-21s we ask them to make sure their attitudes are right and their application and work rate was brilliant,” he commented.
“Without those lads doing it right for the youngsters, we don’t really get a performance like that. The senior players make it, and then the younger players feed off it and that’s what happened tonight.”
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