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Matt Gill: It was a good learning curve

4 August 2017

U23s Head Coach Matt Gill believes his side’s 2-2 draw with Burnley was a fantastic learning curve as they finished their preparations for the new season.

The Canaries raced to a two goal lead before half-time through goals from Pierre Fonkeu and Diallang Jaiyesimi but Burnley fought back in the second half to level proceedings.

However, Gill was pleased with his side’s dominant first-half display and he believes they can learn a great deal from being pegged back in the second 45 minutes.  

“It was a fantastic learning opportunity for the lads,” said Gill. “We were really good in the first half and everything positive we spoke about at half-time, we perhaps didn’t carry that on in the second half.

“As far as the development point of view goes, it was a fantastic learning 45 minutes for the lads. The movement, passing, interchange and the real care we had in the first half wasn’t quite there in the second half, which is fantastic for the lads to realise that they need to carry on doing the things they were successful doing in the first half.

“Some of the stuff first half was excellent. We seemed to play with lots of freedom in the top half of the pitch which was good.

“The backline distributed the ball well and, as a whole, we played with lots of freedom and looked really good and probably could have had a couple more goals in the first half.”

The draw with Burnley rounds off Gill and his squad’s preparations for the new season and the U23s boss is delighted with the application his players have shown over the last few weeks.

“We’ve had varied opposition. We’ve exposed the lads to different styles and we played an U23 group today and men’s teams in Germany. We played Sutton as well so they’ve been exposed to all sorts,” continued Gill.

“They’ve been exposed to lots of different stuff at the training ground about how we want to go about this season. We’ve tried to get as much information into the boys as we can so it’s been really good.

“Today finishes pre-season off quite nicely. The lads have been excellent during the whole of pre-season. They’ve given everything physically that we’ve asked of them, took of lots of things tactically and we’re really looking forward to coming in Monday and building up to the first league game.”


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