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Matt Gill: The character was superb

14 January 2018

Matt Gill praised the character of Norwich City's Under-23s after they turned around a half-time deficit to emerge victorious against Newcastle United on Sunday.

A see-saw opening period saw City's youngsters head into the interval 3-2 down in the Premier League contest, only for two second half goals to give them victory.

Speaking to after the match, Gill said: "We started the game really well and were purposeful with everything we did.

"We went 1-0 up, rightly so, then stopped doing what was getting us joy. That allowed them back into the game, so to go in 3-2 behind was disappointing.

"However, the lads showed real character in the second half in wanting to get on the ball. The two goals came from really good, purposeful football.

"I'm really chuffed we got those goals, and for Tristan Abrahams to get the winner."

Gill felt Abrahams' goal, a fine first-time finish from Steven Naismith's pass, was a deserved one for the lively frontman.

"It was a great finish after a great run," the Development Squad coach added.

"He's benefited from having Steven in there, who has been outstanding for the young players. It's helped to drive the lads on.

"Todd Cantwell has spent a lot of time around the first team now, but even as a young professional, he can learn from that. It's ideal for their learning."

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