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David Wright: We couldn’t build or sustain any pressure

11 February 2019

David Wright said Norwich City’s Under-23s “couldn’t build or sustain any pressure” when reflecting on his sides loss against Exeter in the Premier League Cup.

City’s Under-23s are still looking for their first win in this season’s PL Cup after losing 3-0 against Exeter City on Monday night at Colney Training Centre.

“It was a young side but still there performance levels were nowhere near good enough,” said the U23s Head Coach. “I think it took us 36 minutes to show any kind of composure in possession of the ball.

“We started to get to grips towards the back end of the first half, and before the second half we spoke about two things that would help us within the game but unfortunately as a group we didn’t carry them out.”

The Under-23s boss was happy with City’s improvement towards the end of the first half, and explained why the Canaries had started to be more successful.

“I think the way we finished the first half was a bit better, we started to show a bit more composure in possession of the ball.

“We started finding pockets to pass it into, then from that pocket try and penetrate either through or round them.”

Despite the positive end to the first half, City found themselves behind seven minutes into the second half after Alex Hartridge headed the ball past Jon McCracken.

“In the second half we didn’t show that composure that we showed towards the end of the first half in possession which resulted in a lack of quality with our passing.

“If you keep giving the opposition the ball, then that invites pressure, we couldn’t really build or sustain any pressure.”

Kole Lambert was brought on with 15 minutes to go to make his first appearance for the Under-23s since joining City in January, and joined Adam Idah and Isak Thorvaldsson in a front three.

“He [Kole Lambert] has played a few games with the Under-18s and we wanted to get him involved tonight. It’s good for him to get some game time, he got 15-20 minutes tonight so he’s got a feel of what under-23s football is like.”

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