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David Wright: That was a really positive and complete performance

28 September 2020

Under-23s coach David Wright was more than happy with his side’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in tough conditions.

Goals from William Hondermarck, Josip Drmic and Tyrese Omotoye saw the young Canaries take a comfortable three points from the Eagles at the Lotus Training Centre, keeping a clean sheet in the process.

Asked for his thoughts on the game after fighting torrential rain and gale force winds, Wright made it clear how pleased he was with the side’s performance.

“It was really difficult from start to finish, but especially the second-half when we were going into the wind and rain. I asked the boys at half-time to be brave, they had to be brave and show courage on the ball to continue playing the way we wanted to play.

“The chances of us going over the top of their press was very unlikely because the ball would just come back to us, so we had to go on the floor through it. I thought we did that for the majority of the second-half, so I’m really pleased with them.

“Even the first-half going with the wind and rain there were so many overhit passes, but we spoke about that before the game, conditions like tonight.

“In normal conditions, every single player will make a mistake, it’s fact. They’ll all give it away or do something wrong, but it’s how you react to that mistake, we said before we went out that the chances are there will be a lot more mistakes because of the weather.

“I thought we dealt with it really well. I think in the harder conditions, going into the wind and rain, we made less mistakes both in and out of possession! We’re all very pleased and looking forward to Fulham.”

Bouncing back from a 3-0 loss to Aston Villa in the week prior, Wright says it wasn’t by chance that his team had such a positive game to bounce back.

“Looking back on reflection going into the Villa game, I felt we dipped slightly in the training session before. I saw a real dip which I spoke to the players during the session about.

“I think maybe we carried that into the Villa game, whereas this week the boys have been back to where I would like them to be.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence they go and perform like that, clean sheet and three goals. We actually could’ve scored more, we hit the post and bar, so that was a really positive and complete performance.”

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