Under-21s boss reacts to 1-1 Everton drawPAUL Wilkinson pointed to the strong form of Norwich City’s Under-21s despite admitting his frustration that they didn’t pick up all three points against Everton on Monday night.
Carlton Morris’ early goal appeared as though it was going to be enough to earn victory at Carrow Road, but Tyias Browning’s 78th-minute header resulted in the visitors leaving with a share of the spoils.
The draw means the Canaries have lost just one of their last 13 Barclays Under-21s Premier League matches, and also completes a pleasing period after Friday’s 2-1 win at West Ham United.
“They’ve had a good week and we’re unbeaten in four games, which is important for us. It maintains the progress that we’ve made this year,” Wilkinson said after the final whistle.
“It was frustrating tonight, and I can’t say we’ve had that that many times. We created numerous opportunities and we weren’t ruthless enough really to finish them off.
“We were playing against a good team and we switched off at the back and we’ve been punished.
“We’ve lost one out of 13 though – I can’t ask for any more than that really, they’ve been terrific whether they’ve been first-team players, Under-21s players or Under-18s players, they’ve all had a great attitude.”
Senior professionals Elliott Bennett and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe both completed 90 minutes on the night, while Ryan Bennett also came through over an hour unscathed.
Wilkinson was impressed with their professionalism, adding: “I’ve never had any problems with any of them all year. I want us to be good for them as well as them being good for us and I think we’ve had that blend.
“The attitude and commitment of the whole group since I’ve come in has been first class. They’ve done what we’ve asked them to do, and they’ve really got to grips with what’s expected. You face different challenges every week, so it’s always going to be difficult.
“We’ve got a couple of games left, we’ve got Chelsea next week and then Liverpool at Anfield, and so we’ve got two really good games to finish the season off.
“It will be nice for the boys to play without a little bit of pressure because over the last few weeks the league has been toing and froing.
“I think that point should just about be enough to make sure that we don’t have to look over our shoulders anymore and that we can finish the season off in a nice manner.”
Under-21s vs Chelsea, Monday April 27, 7pm
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