Under-23s coach Dave Wright felt it was a ‘nearly performance’ from his side as they missed the chance to move up to seventh in the Premier League 2 Division 2 table with defeat away at Stoke City.
The Canaries took the lead through Tom Dickson-Peters but a screamer from Tom Sparrow before the break and a penalty from Ethon Varian, in the second half, gave the Potters all three points.
“I just felt it was a nearly performance,” said Wright. “I thought tactically our shape was good. We had a few tactical problems that they caused us, but overall we dealt with that and we were able to break it up, but it was our decision making or our lack of quality on the back of that.
“We either rushed the counter attack and gave the ball away through lack of quality, or it was that decision to counter attack, because you can’t do it and score every single time. So it was that understanding of when you can counter and when you need to build an attack and we didn’t quite get that, especially in the first half. It was a nearly performance, because we nearly created something, we nearly scored, or we nearly kept them out at our end and got a tackle in.”
Speaking about that killer instinct in the final third, Wright added: “I feel at the moment it is that mindset of getting that real bit of nastiness in the final third, either really going and getting across the front of someone with real drive and determination or really taking someone on, with drive and determination. Then you have just got to have that little last bit of composure and quality to pick your mate out and say ‘go on then, you finish that off’.
“I just feel like we are lacking that at the moment, but we will continue to work on it and that is the whole point of this part of the lads’ journeys. They are, by far, not the finished article and it is our job to keep working and keep helping them to develop so that when they get the opportunity to showcase themselves that they can take full advantage of that.”
One thing that did please Wright was the effort and desire of his side though.
“I would like to pick out Ethen (Vaughan) today,” he said. “I thought his work rate was excellent. He was cramping up at the end, but he was still running up and down like. He was trying to get up and then he was trying to get back. And to be fair that is what this group has got. They are an honest group, and they will work hard and he just typified that and it is a great attribute to have.”