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Steve Weaver: We showed a lot of resilience

25 February 2019

Academy Manager Steve Weaver said Norwich City's Under-23s side “showed a lot of resilience” against Nottingham Forest during their game on Monday night.

The Under-23s drew 3-3 against Forest at the Impact arena after Anis Mehmeti’s goal 10 minutes from time was cancelled out by Coveney’s stoppage time equaliser.

Weaver said: “We had a great start. Adam [Idah] scored after a minute or so that gave us a lift but I thought we battled away for the whole game.

“I think in the first half we were in control of the game defensively; I don’t think they were particularly opening us up at all.”

City went into half-time level after Forest scored a penalty with five minutes remaining, but City started the second-half poorly with the Reds dominating the opening 15 minutes of the half.

“We started poorly in the second half. I thought that they [Nottingham Forest] had the first couple of headers and a couple of chances at the start of the half.

"We were a bit lethargic and gave them a goal, then for 10 to 15 minutes I just thought we started creeping towards our shells for a bit, and that woke one or two of the players up.”

“We went again, scored a good equaliser, a great goal by Gassan [Ahadme]. It became a good and honest even battle. It’s pleasing that we showed a lot of resilience because it was a really young side.”

Ahadme equalised mid-way through the second-half which proved to be the catalyst for a hectic last 10 minutes of play which saw Norwich re-gain the lead before Forest scored in stoppage-time to pull the game level.

“I’m really pleased for Anis [Mehmeti] to get his goal. I don’t know about their goal, the players are saying it was offside, but I thought we’d win it towards the end.

“Overall, I’m delighted in terms of the mentality of the players that they kept going; it was a proper game of football. The challenge for the lads was to make sure we were hard to beat, and I think we were that."

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