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David Wright: We were in control of our game

12 January 2019

David Wright said he was pleased with the performance level of his Under-23s side as they beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Colney Training Centre.

Ant Spyrou and Isak Thorvaldsson got the goals in Friday's night match, giving City all three points.

Wright said: “The win is great, but it’s the performance level that we focus on. It was what we had spoken about beforehand and that’s what we wanted.

“We talked about being in control of our own game for 90 minutes and not letting whatever happens in the game affect our performance levels.”

Despite a late Villa goal, Wright thought City deserved the points after having a good end to the first half before an excellent second half display.

“It was really pleasing to watch," Wright said. "It started off a bit hectic, we turned over too many balls but then 20 minutes into the game we really settled down and looked comfortable.

“We went into the second half and continued with the control in our own performance and then scored a really good second goal.

“We did some work with Matt Miller [psychologist], and I think you could see some early signs of that work on the players. They accepted what had happened when we conceded and just parked it and moved onto the rest of the game.”

Aston Oxborough featured for the Canaries and made some vital saves in the opening 20 minutes of the game which kept the score 0-0.

Wright said: “It was Aston’s first game back and I thought it was a really mature performance from him. He really took the sting out of the game, and I’m pleased for him to get 90 minutes under his belt.

“We were playing short, which meant we were playing in the Villa press so it was a bit frantic. Aston started missing out their press, which is when we started to get some joy with Spyrou, Adam Idah and Thorvaldsson all aerially very good. They started winning their fair share of balls which allowed us to get up the pitch.”

Spyrou was on the score sheet for the fourth consecutive game and the Under-23s boss highlighted the partnership between Spyrou and Idah.

He said: “Individually, Adam did excellent to get hold of the ball and move us down the left wing and then Spyrou’s athleticism and pace was great, and then it was a really good finish.

“The quality as a pair and individually as well as their performance levels meant they were a real handful, but they’ve got to keep doing it and it’s that the consistency that we are looking for.”

Wright said he believed the game was the closest his side has come to a dominant 90 minutes, but wants the lads to carry on this consistency.

“It’s the performance that we focus on and we’ve been looking for a 90 minute performance which they haven’t been able to do so far. They’ve had good 45 minutes and good 60 minutes and tonight was the closest we have come to the full game.

“This is a building block and moving forward we have to continue with that consistency individually and collectively going into the Tottenham game.”

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