Wilkinson: We were thoroughly professionalPAUL Wilkinson lauded his team’s all-round performance as they beat Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 in the Premier League International Cup on Tuesday.
The Canaries dominated their German counterparts from start to finish, and deservedly bagged all three points thanks to Carlton Morris’ second half volley.
Playing in front of 3,816 supporters at Carrow Road, City’s youngsters – plus four senior professionals, including Sebastien Bassong - impressed their coach throughout.
“I thought we thoroughly deserved it over the 90 minutes,” Wilkinson told canaries.co.uk.
“The boys set off on the front foot and maintained that throughout the game. They never really had us under any pressure at any time, and I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance from us.
“We were a bit unlucky at times – we had Josh’s one that hit the bar, and the other one that was close to going over the line in the first half. I said to them at half-time that the important thing was to maintain our concentration.
“It was an all-round team performance, every single one of them put a shift in.”
Bassong was given a run-out alongside fellow experienced first team players Declan Rudd, Ignasi Miquel and Javier Garrido, and Wilkinson was pleased with the attitudes of the quartet on a positive night all round for the Canaries.
“They were all terrific. They all showed good professionalism, which I knew they were going to do. It was important for them to get minutes,” he said.
“I thought the whole team gelled well tonight and it was very pleasing.
“The younger boys respond to the senior ones. In one or two of the games played here, we’ve had two or three of the senior boys in and they’ve helped them. They’ll help them to develop, and that’s the most important thing.”
City know a victory in their final Group A game against FC Porto will make sure of a quarter-final place in the competition behind group winners Chelsea, and Wilkinson added: “It’s been great for us.
“We played Chelsea in the first game and unfortunately we got beaten 5-0, but it wasn’t really a 5-0 game. We were a bit unlucky there, but tonight I thought we controlled the game.
“We’ve got to be ready to compete at their level. It’s not easy, but the hard work gets us so far and then we have to have the craft, creativity and quality as well. We’re striving to edge forward and go as far as we can.”