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David Wright: We got our goals with real pace and power

12 March 2019

David Wright said he was pleased with the way his Under-23s side reacted when reflecting on last night's draw against Stoke City.

Norwich drew 2-2 against an in-form Stoke despite being 2-0 down with 15 minutes left to play. Adam Idah’s two late goals saw the Canaries earn a deserved point against the Potters who had been on a six-game winning streak.

Wright said: “In the first half I just felt that we needed to be a bit braver just to overload their number four, because they were set up as a 4-1-4-1, so the space was at either side of him.

“We just couldn’t quite get that pass in, because their two midfield players were really tight on Tom [Scully] and Saul [Milovanovic]. Once or twice we got it right and managed to bypass there press, but other than that we just couldn’t get it quite right.

“In the second half we got caught out at the start because we pressed really high to try and win it, and to be fair to them they bypassed us and scored a good enough goal.

“Overall, I was really pleased with the way we reacted, we went 1-0 down and we went full press on them, I thought the boys got our two goals with real pace and power and by being really decisive.”

David Wright welcomed four senior players in his Under-23s starting eleven against Stoke, and said having them in the side helps to improve the rest of his players' games.

He said: “We’ve got Zac Dronfield and Louis Lomas as first and second year scholars in front of Michael [McGovern] as well as Philip [Heise] and Felix [Passlack] either side of them with Louis [Thompson] in front of them, so it’s great experience for the young lads.

“Daniel Farke has got a First Team squad with excellent quality, so when they drop down with us their attitude and application is brilliant.

“When our young boys see the way they conduct themselves and their attitude when training it’s brilliant because we can say it as much as we want to them, but when they see these pros in action, training to the level that they play, and playing to the level that they train then I think that speaks a thousand words.”

Idah bagged a five minute brace for the Canaries with the first coming after Ant Spyrou, who made his return after being out with an injury, was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded.

Wright said: “All of a sudden we’re getting a lot of injured players back and in the next couple of weeks we will have even more back, so the Under-23s squad is just going to keep getting bigger.

“We have a bigger squad now compared to a couple of games ago, so from now until the end of the season there’s going to be a real fight for game time which means the boys, day in day out are going to have to work their socks off.”

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