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David Wright: The boys fought for that clean sheet

5 October 2020

Under-23s coach David Wright had only the highest praise for his side after another dominant 2-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday night.

Goals from Tyrese Omotoye and Tom Dickson-Peters gave the young Canaries more than enough room to take all three points home, keeping a hard-earned clean sheet in the process.

Speaking on the performance from his team, Wright spoke particularly fondly of the first-half, adding the second-half required a bit more from the ‘ugly side of football’.

“I’m really pleased, I think it was two different halves, but the first-half we were completely dominant. I was so happy with the performance in possession and out of possession, we dominated the first 45 minutes, which was great.

“The second-half was different, I felt they pushed us back more and they had more of the possession.

“The thing I was really pleased with in the second-half was the uglier side of the game, where the boys fought for that clean sheet with blocks, scrapping, fighting, seconds, hooking, all the uglier parts of the game, which do win you games.

“Overall, I was really pleased with so many different parts of the game that the boys were showing. Reece [McAlear] jumped out and pressed really well and Tyrese [Omotoye] ended up finishing the first goal really well.

“I think the first-half we set traps and pressed really well, then the second half they were able to get past the first press, which I think forced us on the backfoot.

“That’s when we had to play the game differently, we had to block and fight and scrap to stop crosses and head the ball out of the box.”

Asked about the clean sheet the backline and goalkeeper Jon McCracken managed to keep, Wright believes the whole team should relish the shutout, but knows the bigger priority it has for his defenders.

“It should be satisfying for the whole team, but I do think the back four and the goalkeeper will look at that a bit more, like how strikers look at goals first, defenders look at clean sheets first.

“Getting a clean sheet is brilliant and after a performance like that it gives us a springboard into Tuesday’s big challenge.”

The win gives the Canaries nine points out of a possible 12 in their four league games so far this season, giving them good reason to be confident in Tuesday's EFL Trophy game against Newport County.

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