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Matt Gill: There are positives from Leicester defeat

1 August 2018

Matt Gill says there were plenty of positives to take from his Under-23s' 2-0 defeat to an experienced Leicester City side in their latest pre-season fixture.

Two second-half goals from a Foxes side including former Premier League winners Danny Simpson and Andy King inflicted defeat on the Canaries.

But Gill said there were aspects of his team's display that were positive and he hopes they can carry those forward.

"We weren't great in possession in the first-half although we defended really well and restricted them to long shots," said the Development Squad Head Coach.

"At half-time, we spoke about being better in possession and dominating spells of play more. We then conceded a sloppy set-piece goal and that sparked us into life.

"I'd describe it as a 'nearly' performance. We did lots of good things without being clinical enough.

"It was a great experience against an experienced team with guys who have won the Premier League.

"Early on with didn't have enough belief but we showed more authority as the game went on and we now have lots of good things we can work on."

Gill and his youngsters now have one final pre-season assignment against Dereham Town on Monday before their Premier League 2 season begins at Aston Villa on August 13.

"All the physical stuff is done now. It's all about preparing for that first game. 

"We'd like to finish pre-season off with a win and take some momentum into the first game at Villa."

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