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Josh Coley: I've come a long way since joining

13 April 2019

Norwich City’s Under-23s midfielder Josh Coley said he has “come a long way” since joining the Canaries last summer after scoring his first goal for the club.

City’s Under-23s lost 3-2 at Carrow Road on Friday night, despite a positive second-half which saw Isak Thorvaldsson and Josh Coley bag well-worked goals.

“I got quite emotional to be honest when I scored,” said Coley. “I’ve come a long way since I was playing against teams like Buckingham and places like that last year, to playing at Carrow Road and getting my first goal it’s unbelievable.”

“I would have took scoring a goal and having a man of the match performance at Carrow Road at the start of the season, but I’d have never have dreamt it would happen.”

Despite a disappointing result Coley felt it was a game of two-halves after going into the break two goals down, Norwich nearly managed to get a point from the game after a spirited comeback.

“The first 45 minutes wasn’t good enough, but the second half was very good. We battled hard, especially when we got that second goal because we knew we were still in it.

“When the first one came we knew we were still two behind, but I don’t think you could have asked for much more from the lads at that point.

“It’s a horrible result because we deserved more, and very nearly managed to get a point at the end, but we couldn’t quite find the equaliser.”

City had a few senior members involved on Friday night under the lights, with a debut for defender Akin Famewo among the unfamiliar names to the Under-23s starting XI.

“For some of the first-teamers they dropped in and played, Akin [Famewo] came in as well for the first time with Ciaren [Jones] coming on in the second half so we’ve had a lot of changes to the side.

“Carlton [Morris] speaks to me all the time, I love the information I get from him and Louis [Thompson] as well, they are two of the nicest guys. Felix [Passlack] and Philip [Heise] as well, but all the first-teamers help the lads.”

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