Having now played Plymouth Argyle, Newport County and Cheltenham Town in the Papa John’s Trophy, Norwich City Under-21s centre-back Andrew Omobamidele is happy with the opportunities the tournament has provided.
Nevertheless, there was disappointment that the Canaries left the Jonny-Rocks Stadium empty handed on Tuesday following a 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham.
“Obviously, the team is very disappointed because it’s a game we thought we could have gone and won,” he said. “We played well in the first half; they were just a bit comfortable I think in the second half.
“Defensively, we asked way more questions of them but just lacked that bit of quality in the final third – maybe that final pass we over-hit or under-hit – so we were just missing that bit of quality today.
“There are a lot of positives we can take from the game and defensively we’ve been working a lot on stopping crosses and defending them and I think we did that well, so we can take a few positives out of the game.
“This competition is great for all of us because this is the level that you want to be playing at and it’s a good indicator for all of the coaches where you’re at physically and mentally.
“Playing at a stadium is a good experience as well and it’s a loss, so definitely a big learning curve for us.
“We’re disappointed to lose because we setup to win today. It doesn’t matter if we’d qualified already from the group. We just wanted to come here and win and put in a good performance.
“We’re definitely looking forward now to the next round and we’ll be looking at that more when the time comes.”