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Matt Gill: We'll take the positives

17 September 2017

Matt Gill was keen to take the positives from his U23s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road on Sunday.

The U23s head coach was aggrieved his side weren’t awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Timi Odusina was brought down the area but he was still pleased their unbeaten run was stretched to three games.

Speaking post-match, Gill said: “We try and take positives from anything we can. Obviously we would have liked to have taken three points today but I probably felt it was a fair result in the end.

“We huffed and puffed, especially in the second half, but weren’t quite good enough in the final third. But it keeps our run going and the lads can take some positives away from today.

“It’s a stonewall penalty but you win some and you lose some of them. If it happens after an hour, he [the referee] probably gives it. Because he thinks it’s the last kick of the game, he doesn’t.

“We should do enough to score in that second period. Obviously we didn’t start the game too well but the lads got themselves back in the game through a great finish by Tristan [Abrahams] who I thought worked his socks off today.

“We got some control in the game and looking at the possession stats, we dominated again which is good. It’s good to have control but I felt we could have had a little bit more belief in the final third."

Gill welcomed Russell Martin to the starting eleven for some minutes and he was delighted that his young defenders could learn from the experience of the City club captain.

“The amount of learning that went on in that 90 minutes alongside Russ for Timi, Max [Aarons] and Didi [Emmersson Sambu] is fantastic,” he added.

“It’s brilliant for us. It’s fantastic that Russ approaches it like he does. I think the lads that played next to him today will have had a steep learning curve.”

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