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Matt Gill: We want to build winning mentality

6 September 2017

U23s boss Matt Gill hopes his team can build a winning mentality after seeing them pick up consecutive victories.

City picked up their first win of the Premier League 2 season a fortnight ago, beating Stoke City 2-0 at Carrow Road, and followed that up with a friendly victory over Lowestoft Town on Tuesday.

Although Gill admitted the victory against Lowestoft wasn’t the most important thing, he did say it was important for his youngsters to get used to winning.

“I think the lads applied themselves really well,” he said, speaking after the match. “Obviously to win is not the most important thing tonight but we want to get into a winning mentality. Beating Stoke at Carrow Road last week and winning tonight is good.

“The stuff we saw on the pitch from a coaching point of view was good to see. It’s also very pleasing to get a couple of goals as well.

“We used tonight as an exercise to get some minutes into a lot of players. It was also a case of looking at other things tonight being as it was a friendly. It was a real worthwhile exercise."

Gill was delighted to see new striking duo Pierre Fonkeu and Tristan Abrahams take to the pitch together.

Although both have been at the Club for a few months, the Fonkeu signing and termination of Abrahams' loan agreement at Leyton Orient were announced on deadline day.

“It was great to see them both on the pitch tonight,” he added. “They’re both willing runners and they were drivers of our train because they drove us forward. It’s exciting for them two to get an understanding and it bodes well for the future."


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