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Matt Gill on mixed emotions following Sunderland draw

17 September 2018

Matt Gill admitted he was slightly disappointed his Under-23s didn't pick up all three points on their weekend trip to Sunderland in Premier League 2, but was full of praise for their display.

City's Development Squad took a first-half lead at the Stadium of Light thanks to Adam Idah's instinctive finish.

However, a Jack Bainbridge free-kick meant City's hopes of three points were dashed

Speaking to after the match, Gill said: "We were disappointed not to win. We worked on lots of things during the week and we took all of it into the game.

"Our attacking play was fluid and the front four [Simon Power, Josh Coley, Any Spyrou and Idah] provided a real threat, along with our full-backs Bilal [Kamal] and Caleb [Richards].

"Against the ball, we were much better - we were a lot more aggressive and that's what I wanted to see. There's still plenty of work to do but it was a really positive performance.

"Josh Coley made his full debut and he was really bright in possession. He gave the team a different dynamic from out wide.

"We've had a mixed bag of results so far. We've had some inconsistent performances but that was definitely the best football we've played this season."

City host Newcastle United at Colney on Friday (2pm) in their next Premier League 2 match and Gill hopes his team will continue to improve.

"We want to continue the good stuff we did against Sunderland. We've got a shorter training week this week with the Newcastle game on the Friday.

"It will be a tough game against a good team. They made lots of changes in the summer [in terms of players], like us so it should be a good test."

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