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Oliver Skipp: We lacked the cutting edge

2 December 2020

Norwich City loanee midfielder Oliver Skipp was honest in his assessment of the side’s 3-1 loss to Luton Town on Wednesday night, saying the team lacked a ‘cutting edge’.

The Canaries conceded in the 15th minute, going on to level the scores just minutes later, before seeing the lead lost again by the 22nd minute, with the game written off at the start of the second-half.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Skipp believes the team dominated of most areas of the pitch but were let down by a few shortcomings in the 90 minutes.

“I feel like we dominated the ball in most parts, but perhaps lacked the cutting edge. We made a few sloppy decisions, maybe we weren’t switched on enough for certain aspects, which cost us big tonight.

“I think you saw tonight that there are a few areas we have to work on, perhaps being a bit smarter, a bit cuter in stopping that quick free-kick. We can definitely learn from those tonight and analyse it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Asked about his achievement in starting every league game this season, the midfielder admits that whilst he’s pleased with the feat, he still feels the result against Luton lets it down.

“It’s something I’m very pleased with [starting every league game this season], I didn’t imagine coming here that I’d necessarily play as many minutes, you obviously hope so, but you have to settle into a new team.

"From a personal point of view, I’m really happy with the minutes I’m getting, but from the team’s point of view we’re really disappointed tonight and I think there’s a few things we need to learn from.

“It was a ten-game unbeaten run, so it isn’t all doom and gloom, and we’ll look to put it right on Saturday.”

The fixture against the Hatters also marked the return of fans into stadiums, with 1000 allowed into Kenilworth Road. Discussing this, Skipp says after that game, he can’t wait to play in front of a home audience.

“I really enjoyed it [playing in front of fans]. I think we’ll get massive support at home in the next few games and that’ll really help us in this period where you’ve got games every three days and perhaps don’t have the numbers.

“It isn’t an excuse for tonight, but the crowd, as a footballer, is what you’ve grown up playing for, so we’ll be really happy to see the return of Norwich fans.

“After not hearing anything for so long, I think back to the Preston game, it felt a lot louder than 2000, so we’ll be really happy to see them at home and hopefully bounce back, take the lessons from today and improve on Saturday.”


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