Norwich City Under-23s goalkeeper Jon McCracken described Friday’s 0-0 draw at home to Burnley U23s as two points missed.
“It was two points missed. It wasn’t our best performance. Off the back of Newcastle, I thought we were sloppy in the first half and better in the second half. We had to take that into today and didn’t do that.
“It was hard making changes at half time with Andrew [Omobamidele] and Tyrese [Omotoye] stepping up, and then early on Jaden [Warner] gets injured and Zach [Dronfield] goes in at the back, but it’s not an excuse.
“It didn’t help things, but we didn’t play to the level we can play like, which is frustrating.”
Thankfully, Burnley didn’t punish City when they were awarded a penalty kick in the second half, McCracken giving away and saving the set-piece.
“It’s nice to get a clean sheet,” he said. “That’s the main goal for the back four. It’s good to save the penalty but I felt I had to save it because I gave it away.
“Back-to-back clean sheets is good to take into the next game, but if you don’t score goals, you don’t win.
“It’s just a mind game. I was trying to make it take as long as it could for him to take the penalty. I guessed one way and that’s the way he hit it.”
After beating Newcastle U23s on Monday, City had just a few days to recover ahead of the visit of Burnley, but that’s not considered an excuse.
“We do a lot of research in sports science, so Jay [Eastoe-Smith] is on the case with stuff like that,” McCracken said. “We’re sharp enough that we should be performing better than that. Tiredness has nothing to do with the performance.”