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Andrew Omobamidele: First half our final touch or pass was a bit off, second half we got that right

26 February 2021

Andrew Omobamidele praised the second half performance from Norwich City as goals from Marco Stiepermann, Rob Nizet and Josh Giurgi gave them a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

The Canaries, who came into the match on the back of defeats to Stoke City and Leeds United, put in a good first half display but one that lacked that cutting edge in the final third. However, following an assessment of their display at half-time the team came out and corrected their first half errors to sweep Boro aside.

“I think in the first half we defended well, and we created chances, but that last pass or that final touch was a bit off,” said Andrew. “That has been the story of our last couple of games really. We have built up well up until the final third and then our final pass or final touch hasn’t been on it, but I think today, in the second half, we finally got that right.

“That was the message at the break. We wanted to come out in the second half and start it the way we had finished the first and I think we did that. Straight away we were getting on the ball and we were breaking the lines and it was good from the boys.”

Andrew, who has been involved with the first team recently, said he was pleased to keep the clean sheet.

“I think near the end we kind of got sloppy,” he admitted. “But we came together and said we just need to keep our standards high because in games like that when you are winning 3-0, sometimes your standards can drop and that is when you can maybe concede a goal in the last minute but, to be fair to us, we stuck to it and we grinded out the clean sheet.”

Speaking about his own development, Andrew added: “I have been grateful to have been involved with the first team squad. The experience is very good but, obviously, I still need to play, I still need to get minutes and I am still developing, so to be training with the first team and playing under-23s is good. I am just going to relish it and take the most out of it as I can.

“When you are on the bench (for the first team) and you see the boys winning games, it just gives you that extra motivation and when you come down to the under-23s you want to use all the minutes that you get to try and improve for when you do make that step across the white line.”

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