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Steve Weaver: The players executed the plan and it was a good win

18 December 2020

Norwich City Academy's head of football development Steve Weaver praised the under-18s for their performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Having studied Wolves' tactics prior to the match Weaver and his coaching staff knew that the Molineux outfit would be strong down the centre of the park but there could also be the opportunity to expliot the spaces in wide areas if they got the ball forward quickly.

The players put that plan into action superbly, with first Tony Springett coming off the right wing to score the first goal and then Abu Kamara netted a hat-trick, all from dangerous balls into the box from wide areas, to give the Canaries a 4-2 victory at St George's Park.

"We always thought it was going to be difficult to break them down," explained Weaver. "They (Wolves) are very strong down the middle, throughout the club. You see that in the first team and in their under-23s and playing their under-18s.

"We just felt that we’d try and keep it from going down the middle and try and attack with a bit of purpose down the sides. And to get it down there early to get one of their centre-backs out which worked. If you look at all four goals it came from stuff that we had worked on. To be fair to the lads, they executed the plan and it was good win and the goals were good as well."

Kamara also impressed with three well-taken finishes. Speaking about the hat-trick hero, Weaver added: "He is a really good finisher. He is a late developer. He has taken time to come to us. You might not see it from tonight, because he looks a big lad but he has been a dot all the way through and we have stuck with him because we know the quality that he has got. Hopefully, as he grows into his body and gets a bit stronger you will see a bit more of that. He has got a lot of quality and if he goes through one on one we are disappointed if he misses the target. He has got a lovely left foot and a lot of ability, he is just going to take a bit of time to grow into his body."




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