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Dave Wright: We couldn't find the control

30 April 2021

Under-23s coach David Wright described Norwich City’s performance against West Bromwich Albion as a ‘frustrating mixed bag’.

The young Canaries drew the Premier League 2 Division 2 match 2-2 after conceding an 88th minute equaliser. However, having started slowly there was a spell of 30 minutes in the first half where Norwich controlled the match and scored two good goals from Matthew Dennis to go into the half-time interval in front.

“We spoke before the game that we were going to control this game though possession, because we knew that if it turned into a transitional game, it could be anything.” said Wright. “They (West Brom) are dangerous on the transition and so are we. So, we talked about controlling the game though possession and we did that in the last 30 minutes of the first half and we reiterated that message at half-time.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t have the courage to continue doing that because their press got higher and a bit more aggressive.

“We didn’t have the courage to play through it, which if we had done, we would have controlled the game again. However, we didn’t do that and that is why the game turned into a transitional game again. We could not find the control. We could have scored a couple they could have scored a couple and then the result became a bit a toss of a coin.”

That coined flipped West Bromwich Albion’s way with Jamie Andrews’ heading home with two minutes of normal time remaining to level. However, Wright admitted it was a lesson for the players and it was important now that he and development phase coach Alan Neilson continue to teach the team how to control matches.

“We have got to get to a point where when the boys get a feel for when we are losing control and it is turning into a transitional game, so that they can put certain plans in place to arm wrestle control back," he said. 

“It is something we work on. It is part of our programme of teaching the game. The thing is, with the under-23s squad, is that it is constantly changing. There players going out on loan, there are players coming up, there are players going down, so it is constantly in flux. So, we have got to make sure that we keep our training plan consistent, so it is constant for the players and if we do that everything will be all right.”

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