Norwich City Under-23s coach David Wright says that his team didn’t perform to their usual standard, despite glimpses of quality in their 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday afternoon.
The young Canaries went two behind against Wolves, before attempting to mount a late comeback, started by a neat Abu Kamara finish. The comeback couldn’t be done, seeing the west midlands side take all three points.
Discussing his take on the game in his post-match interview, Wright believes that the side weren’t up to their usual calibre, saying that they only showed ‘flashes of quality’.
“I just think overall we didn’t particularly play well. We had a couple of flashes, for instance the goal – Jon Rowe in the pocket, turn and Abu [Kamara] with the lovely finish.
“So, we had flashes of quality, but overall, I think it was just as simple as we didn’t really play well, we didn’t really get going in terms of in possession and out of possession. We just didn’t play well.
“We want to produce intelligent footballers, we can’t always look at the sideline for the help, they’ve got to be able to understand what’s going wrong in their own performance and within their unit as a collective.
“An intelligent footballer works that out quickly and is then able to do something about it. I just think today, we couldn’t quite get to grips with our individual performance, what our role was within the team and then, collectively, putting that all together, we just didn’t particularly play well.”
However, even through a loss, Wright says he doesn’t want his players to take the result into their Christmas break, adding that he feels as though there have been plenty of positives at the halfway mark of the season.
“I’ve just spoken to the players; I don’t want them carrying this performance into the break. Obviously, we reflect a lot, and we’ll analyse it and we’ll debrief at a later stage.
“I think from where we were when we came in at the start of the season to where we are now, there’s so many positives.
“A lot of them have come a long, long way in terms of their development, so I want them to reflect on that as well and to come back in a week or so and have a plan in their own head of what they want to achieve and how they’re going to do it and for us to support that journey.”