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David Wright: It will be a great experience under the lights

11 April 2019

City’s Under-23s Head Coach David Wright has said it will be a great experience for some of the younger lads to experience playing at Carrow Road for the first time.

Wright’s side last played at the stadium in December when they drew 2-2 against VfL Wolfsburg in the Premier League International Cup.

And looking ahead to Friday night's fixture against Middlesbrough in the Premier League 2 Division Two, he said: “It’s always nice playing in the stadium under the lights, so it will be a great experience for them and it will be a test as well.

“We’ll be in a stadium and there will be a few fans there because our fans come and really get behind our Under-23s which is really great for them. We need to be brave and we need to express ourselves and I’m sure we will.”

Last time out City were up against Southampton at the Staplewood Training Ground where they lost 4-1. Reflecting on the match, Wright said he was disappointed with City’s display and wants his side to be braver next time round.

“I think it was disappointing in terms of that we didn’t play, we weren’t brave enough to get on the ball to express ourselves and we didn’t show our personality," he said. 

“We’ve had a good look at it and we’ve had a chat and we know this cannot happen, no matter what’s happening in the game, if we’re three or four nil down, it doesn’t matter – we should want to get on the ball, so we want to put that right on Friday.”

Despite losing, there were some positives to take from last week’s game as First Team player Carlton Morris and Under-23s player Pierre Fonkeu returned from long-term absences and got some minutes on the pitch. 

Wright said: “For Carlton it was his first 45 minutes since he last played and picked up his ankle injury, but he got through it, and the good thing about it is that at half-time he didn’t want to come off.

“Pierre came on and I was really pleased because once again he’s been out a really long time and for him to come on and make the impact that he did was great, also in terms of his enthusiasm to get out on the pitch and his work rate for the team.”

Five players who featured for the young Canaries last time out are eligible to play for the Under-18s side showing how young the Under-23s side is.

Wright said: “We’re not really an Under-23s team, we’re more of an Under-19s team, but we want the younger players to come into the Under-23s and be tested.

“At times it’s really difficult for them, but going into next season these younger lads will have played 20+ league games so it only benefit them in the long run.”

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