Under-23s Head Coach David Wright praised the resilience of his side to fight back to a 2-2 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the international cup.
City went into the second half 1-0 up after an opening goal from Nelson Oliveira, but after conceding two goals early on after the break, the Canaries through everything they had into pulling back the game with a second goal from Anthony Spyrou.
And speaking after the game at Carrow Road last night, Wright said he was delighted with the progress of the squad.
“The boys defended really well and they were throwing their bodies at the ball and blocking really well,” he said. “They showed really good collective resilience to keep them at bay, and then we went up the other end and scored a really good goal. Throughout the game we showed really good signs in and out of possession, I think we just need to be more consistent with it.
“In the second half, in the first 15 minutes, I felt we lost control of our own game which allowed them onto us, but then our reaction from that was very good. I thought we looked so dangerous in the last 20 minutes and we should have scored a couple of goals and won the game.
“Overall I am really pleased and the boys worked really hard. I feel like we are really close to putting a full 90-minute performance together, we just need to fine-tune a few bits and pieces and I think the performances will start coming.
“The boys were disappointed not to the get the win, but I’m just looking at the performance and we are getting closer and closer to where we want to be.”
The team included three First Team players, with Nelson Oliveira returning up front and Matt Jarvis and Kenny McLean both back on the pitch for the first time since being out with injuries. And Wright said having senior players to learn from is an invaluable experience for the team.
“The experience for the boys to play 90 minutes with Nelson and 45 minutes with Matt and Kenny is great," said Wright. "They’ve trained with us all week and their attitude and application has been fantastic, so it’s great for the boys to look and learn and see how they do it. Kenny and Matt have been out a long time, but for them to produce that performance level for 45 minutes was great.”
The match was Wright’s second outing since permanently taking up the Head Coach role.
He said: “There’s no change really from when I was doing it in the interim. I want to produce top players and top people for this Football Club so I’ll just carry on doing my best for that.”
Norwich will now take on Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-23s in their final group match of the Premier League International Cup on Friday, January 18, at Colney Training Centre (kick-off 7pm).
Wright said: “We’ve got an opportunity to go through and we know that we need to beat Tottenham. It will be an extremely difficult game because they are an excellent side but there’s no reason why we can’t do that and hopefully progress in the tournament.”