Norwich City Under-21s manager David Wright says the lack of a clinical edge going forward was part of the cause of City’s 3-1 defeat against Portsmouth on Saturday.
City found clear-cut chances somewhat hard to come by against a strong Pompey side, with Thomas Scully the only Canaries player able to convert with his goal in the 68th minute.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk after the game, here’s what Wright had to say…
canaries.co.uk: A tough run-out for us today. What was your assessment of the match?
DW: It was a good experience for the boys. Once again, there were certain things we did in possession and defensively which were really good. At times, we cut right through Portsmouth but just lacked that bit of quality in our finishing. That’s something we need to improve, but the big lesson for the boys today is that you can perform really well and still go into half-time 2-0 down.
That’s what they’re getting exposed to in men’s football. There were certain occasions in the first half where we sort of played academy football and men punish you for doing stuff like that. There are certain bits we had to do that are parts of men’s football that we didn’t quite recognise.
The boys are frustrated but they’re a really young group, so they don’t quite know those bits yet.
canaries.co.uk: Archie Mair had a good game, making a lot of saves. Akin Famewo looked good too, and Thomas Scully scored coming off the bench. Who stood out for you?
DW: Akin is continually showing consistency in his performance levels. He’s ready to step in to and play league football. I’d be more than happy with him playing in League One now. He wouldn’t have a problem whatsoever. They’re the types of things we’re looking at and it’s great to have players within the group who we believe can go and play league football.
canaries.co.uk: In many leagues, players are playing Saturdays and Tuesdays. We’ve now got a quick turnaround to play Newcastle United away in the Premier League 2 on Monday, so that’s good experience too.
DW: Definitely. If you play in the Championship or in the EFL full stop, it’s generally Saturday/Tuesday for most of the year. The Premier League is slightly different, but we’ve still got to prepare our boys for this type of busy schedule.