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David Wright: I'm pleased with how we reacted

13 April 2019

Norwich City’s Under-23s Head Coach David Wright said he is pleased with his side’s second half display against Middlesbrough after their 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road.

City's Under-23s were beaten at Carrow Road with Isak Thorvaldsson and Josh Coley with City's goals in the second-half making for an exciting last 10 minutes, but Norwich were unable to find an equaliser.

David Wright said: “I didn’t really think there was that much in the game. In the first half we just made two poor errors and to be fair to Middlesbrough they punished us.

“It was quite even but we went into the break two goals down. At half-time we spoke about moving the ball quicker which is something that we didn’t do in the first half. The more we moved the ball around, the more we would move them [Middlesbrough] around which would allow us to create openings.

“The second thing was to stand right up against them and create a real physical battle, and I think in the second half the boys carried out the plan really well.

“Unfortunately we conceded one against the run of play which put them three up but I think the reaction after that is what pleases me the most.”

Despite coming away with a defeat, the second-half display against Boro was up there with one of their best half’s of the season.

“In possession of the ball, the way we played in that second-half is the way I would like us to play all of the time, but obviously sometimes it depends on how the game is going.

“If you watch our first-team they like to move the ball quickly across the pitch and penetrate in the attacking areas of the pitch, which is something that I think we did today in the second-half."

David Wright welcomed a handful of senior players into the City Under-23s squad, and said the his side can only benefit from having these players in and around the squad.

“All the first teamers that came in are very good players and straight away the lads in the dressing room have a lot of respect for them.

“It’s great for our boys to share a dressing room with them because they can learn so much from them and it’s a pleasure to work with them.”

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