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Matt Gill urges U23s to be more ruthless

15 October 2017

Matt Gill believes fine margins are costing his side dearly at the moment after they drew their fourth Premier League 2 match in a row at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Evan Pierce’s 41st-minute volley was cancelled out quickly by Glenn Middleton and City had plenty of chances to take all three points but they lacked the ruthlessness to win in the end.

However, Gill said he was pleased with his team’s performance overall and added they’ll work hard on the training ground to become more clinical.

“The lads played some really, really good stuff at times but it’s vital they learn quickly that it’s that final ball which is where you need to be ruthless,” said the U23s head coach.

“Whether it’s a weight of pass, a cross that doesn’t go behind the goal or whether it’s not being or your heels in the six-yard box – those details are the differences between drawing and winning.

“That was the difference today. We had loads of opportunities to be dangerous in the final third and perhaps didn’t make the most of them. The chances we did have, we were a little bit on our heels and maybe weren’t expecting them.

“There’s loads of good stuff today and I’m really chuffed with a lot of the play. But I just think that is difference if they want to make that step up.

Summer signing Grant Hanley was handed a start at Carrow Road in order to get some minutes and Gill was impressed with how the Scottish international defender handled himself.

“Grant was fantastic with the lads,” he added. “He was playing alongside three 17-year-olds today so it’s fantastic for them. They’ve also played alongside Russ and a few other previously.

“I’m chuffed that he could get 90 minutes under his belt and help the young lads along the way.” 

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