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Matt Gill: A pleasing way to finish

23 April 2018

Norwich City Under-23s boss Matt Gill says his side's 1-0 Premier League 2 win at Aston Villa on Monday night was a pleasing way to end a season 'full of challenges'.

A deflected strike from Alfie Payne proved enough to settle the contest, although City missed out on a place in the play-offs courtesy of results elsewhere.

Speaking to, Gill said: "I'm really pleased because it was a good all-round performance.

"We played good football, but also dug in at times. We were aggressive when we needed to be.

"Everything came together and it was a nice way to finish the season. We mixed the game up really well, having long and purposeful spells of possession.

"There was lots of pace and movement up-front, and variation in our play. That was pleasing to see and the lads got the win they deserved."

Having completed his first full campaign in charge of the club's Development Squad, Gill wants his side to kick on next term - both individually and collectively.

"I've just said to them in the changing room it's all about what's next," he explained.

"They need to make sacrifices in the summer. I'm happy with how this year's gone, with lots of challenges and lots of changes.

"We finished the game tonight with three Under-17s and put out a side with an average age of just over 18 against Brighton this season. The staff have really rose to that challenge.

"It's been a really enjoyable season and something we'll review next week to try and make next season even better."

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