Norwich City Under-23s head coach David Wright was delighted with what he saw in his side’s 3-0 win at home to Reading U23s on Monday.
The young Canaries got their Premier League 2 campaign off to a flying start, with goals from Andrew Omobamidele, Danel Sinani and Josip Drmic sealing the three points.
“Yeah, it was really good,” Wright said, commenting on the performance. “I thought, right from the start, I felt we took control of the game and implemented how we wanted to play really well. There were a few bits and pieces that we can always do better.
“For example, at times we tried to go through the middle too much when the space was on the outside. The second goal was perfect, where it came back to Andrew with a big switch out from the side.
“It’s just recognising them little things during the game and maybe, instead of us as coaches - yes, we are here to help them - but can they recognise that and read what Reading are trying to do and then take what they give us?
“They didn’t want us to come through the middle, they were giving us the width, so take it - just little things like that but overall I’m really pleased.”
It was City’s ability to set traps for Reading and deal with their threats both on and off the ball that really satisfied former defender Wright.
“The in-possession stuff, I think it’s maybe because I was a defender by trade, I’m always looking at the out of possession stuff and I was really pleased with how we pressed the ball and how we set traps.
“Even when Reading were good enough to play through our traps, I was really pleased with how we then got back behind the ball and back into our shape and made it really difficult.
“Those little things show the tactical and physical understanding of what the players can do, but I think it’s the mentality when the ball bypasses you - do you want to get back the right side of the ball? All eleven of them did and I was really pleased with it.”
From a defensive point of view, any head coach would be content with a clean sheet on the opening day, and Wright is no different, with Reading prevented from registering a single shot in the first half.
“The defensive side of the game I was really pleased with. We were on the front foot and aggressive. On the transition, we were impressive in terms of the power and running power that we’ve got going forward.
“There are always bits and pieces we can tidy up, like our final ball or just that little bit of composure on that last or second to last pass that would put someone through who then would square it for someone.
“I think the boys are used to it now. I’m really pleased with them but I always want more for them because we can improve and little details can get better, so that’s what I always strive for.”