David Wright said his Norwich City Under-23s players were “fighting and digging in for each other” after drawing 0-0 against a strong Southampton side.
Reflecting on the Canaries' positive performance, Wright highlighted the togetherness and work ethic of his lads to grind out a point at Colney Training Centre on Friday night.
Wright said: “I’m really pleased because it looked like a proper team performance, which was really good. The boys were fighting, digging in and running for each other.
“I’m glad that we showed some really good bits of quality on and off the ball throughout all of the game.”
Billy Johnson made a penalty save with 15-minutes left on the clock, which kept City’s clean sheet intact.
The Under-23s boss was full of praise for the summer signing and said: “Bill [Billy Johnson] made a really good save; I think that may have been his fourth or fifth penalty save of the season, so he’s getting a bit of a reputation for doing that now.
“He made some really good saves, even against [Athletic] Bilbao he was solid and again similar against Southampton he made some really crucial saves.”
The Under-23s welcomed Grant Hanley to the team, pairing up with Ciaren Jones at centre-back as he continues to get back to match fitness on his return from injury.
“Grant is a brilliant professional, the way he speaks to the lads, helps the boys out and his performance level, it’s really good," said Wright.
Despite Southampton enjoying large spells of possession, City were a threat on the counter and could have nearly got the winner with seconds to spare.
Wright said: “Right at the end there was a really good diagonal ball, Ant [Spyrou] put the header in and [Alfie] Payne made the third man run but missed his chance, but overall I’m really pleased with the application and attitude of the players."