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Ethen Vaughan: I thought the lads' work rate first half was really, really good

15 February 2021

Ethen Vaughan felt the work rate and desire from his team during Monday night’s defeat away at Stoke City in the Under-23 Premier League 2 Division 2 match was excellent and something they need to take into subsequent games this season.

Stoke, sitting second in the table, managed to battle back from a goal down to take the points thanks to a very good strike from Tom Sparrow and a penalty from Ethon Varian.

However, Ethen felt the Canaries, who took the lead through Tom Dickson-Peters, dealt with Stok City’s threats well and were unfortunate not to get a penalty of their own.

“I thought we should have had a penalty, but that is something that happens and we have just got to get on with it and get onto the next game,” he said. “I thought we managed to deal with them (Stoke) going forward. As a back four we were pretty solid and the only way they had chances was through a penalty, which proved to be the winner. That is fair enough, that happens.”

Speaking about the effort from the Norwich players, he added: “I thought the lads' work rate first half was really, really good. I thought as a team we were excellent; we moved the ball well and we worked really hard.

“In the second half I thought we did keep a level; we did keep the high press. I thought the back four did work really hard today and we could have done a bit more to get the goals, but overall it is something we all need to work on as a team.”

Next up for the Canaries it is home match against Leeds United, who are 10 points clear at the top of the division. However, Ethen adds that the intensity they showed against Stoke will serve them well if they can play that way again on Friday night.

“The lads worked their socks off against Stoke and it is something in training that David Wright (the under-23s coach) demands from the players, no matter what the score, if we are winning 5-0 or losing 3-0.

“I think we need to keep working hard and keep running about because it does win us games. As you saw at the end today Matty Dennis was still sprinting for the ball at the end and who knows what can happen, it could lead to a goal. We need to take that work rate into Friday because it is going to be a tough game, but if we bring the work rate that we did today then we stand a good chance.”

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