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Jon Tomkinson: We need to be taking control of games

21 December 2020

Under-23s defender Jon Tomkinson feels as if the U23s side should be taking more comfortable performances over their opponents.

Speaking in his post-match interview after their 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, Tomkinson says the team’s performances are summarised in their results and should be going their way more often.

“I just think we had a few spells, but that’s not enough for our team, we need to be taking control of whole games, instead of watching it go by us.

“I think we can look at the results as a reflection of our performance, if we’re not getting results, we’re not doing something right as a team because the way we play should get us results.”

Under-23s coach David Wright said in his post-match interview that the side had taken plenty of positives to not be let down by today’s result, which is a view Tomkinson says he shares entirely.

“I completely agree, if you look earlier in the year to the EFL Trophy, we were doing really well against big first-team sides, against experienced professionals.

“We just lost a bit of focus or weren’t exactly sticking to our plan the whole time. We’ve taken a lot from it, but we can always do better.”

Finally, speaking on the Christmas break and the rest of the season upon their return, Tomkinson believes the team should value it as much as possible before challenging for play-offs, saying that they may not get these breaks as their careers develop.

“It’s a hard six months, but as you get higher up sometimes you don’t have that Christmas, so we enjoy it while we can, but in the end if we try and get to the top, we’re not always going to get to have that so we’re enjoying it while we can.

“We try to win every game, so if we do what we’re supposed to and do our jobs and get our results then that’s part of the process of getting up.”

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