Under-23s Coach David Wright believes the academy side are more than capable of going back to winning ways, starting with Manchester United this Friday (7pm KO).
Ahead of the game, Wright sat down with canaries.co.uk, and here's what he had to say...
canaries.co.uk: Norwich are currently 11th, with Man United 2nd, does this affect the mindset going into the game, if so how?
DW: “No, I don’t think so, it doesn’t affect my mindset. We went there last year and performed really, really well and won the game 2-1 so there’s no reason to look at the table. We’ve just got to concentrate on making sure we play our game which we have done in bits. The first 45 minutes the other night against Stoke we played the way I wanted us to play second half we didn’t do that and got beat 2-0.
“We’ve had signs of that through the season where we need to make sure we’re putting 90 minutes together, basically, and be brave enough and comfortable enough to play the Norwich way in and out of possession and if we do that the result takes care of itself.”
canaries.co.uk: The U23s haven’t won a game since Sunderland last month, who are 12th, how do you think this can be changed? Do you change tactics or stick to your guns?
DW: “We’ve got a way of playing, and will continue to play that way, what we’ve got to do is do it better and more consistently. And especially the stuff out of possession is so, so important. And then once we’re in possession of the ball we need to make sure we’re brave enough to express ourselves. Our game plan won’t change, we’ve just got to get better at delivering it more consistently.”
canaries.co.uk: Being an ex-player and now a coach, from your experiences what are the team missing?
DW: “The players understanding of how we play is developing all the time. Because even though it’s an Under-23s group, it’s the last stage of their development, we can’t move away from that. They’re still developing young men. And we’ve got a very, very young group. Our oldest is Akin [Famewo], everyone else is 17, 18, 19. So they are still young and are still on their journeys, so we’ve got to be patient and give them time to develop.”
canaries.co.uk: With two draws and two defeats in the last four games, do you feel like these results reflect the team’s performances? Should they have won from how they played?
DW: “Yeah, we should have, we should have more points. But then we’ve done something wrong in the game and end up getting punished. That’s the bit we need to continue developing, the way we play, so we’re consistently doing that for 90 minutes. Not 89 minutes, because against good players the one time you do not do that, that’s when they score.”