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Jon McCracken: It was a good performance

5 February 2021

Under-23s goalkeeper Jon McCracken described the side’s performance against Fulham as a positive one in their 0-0 draw, but feels as if they could’ve taken the win on Friday evening.

The Canaries shot-stopper made excellent saves throughout the game to keep his clean sheet as the points were shared in the draw.

Speaking on the result, McCracken felt as if the team gave ‘solid’ performance on his return, after the shot-stopper was away from the pitch for nearly two months.

“It was a decent first half, both teams were at it, then the red card changed the game and they sat back a bit more. We tried to break them down a bit too much, almost.

“We sort of lost a bit of the game plan, so we slightly panicked a bit rather than them panicking when they went down to ten men. It’s a point and a clean sheet, so it’s not too bad.

“I’ve not played in about seven or eight weeks now, so it was a good game to come back to, it was a solid performance. The boys did well in the back four and the two midfielders as well. They held it down, so it was a good performance.”

Asked for his thoughts on the score, McCracken believes that the team had enough quality to take the win and all three points from the fixture, but said the main focus is the side’s development, not the results they produce.

“I do think we missed out on three points, especially with them going down to ten men halfway through the second half.

“You’d like to think we have the quality to break them down when they’ve got eleven men, never mind ten. It’s some points and a clean sheet, so you can’t complain too much.

“It’s Under-23s football, so I don’t think you look at the results too much, it’s more about development, so as long as we’re performing better than the last week, that’s always a bonus.”

With both Under-18s talent, as well as first-team prospects Andrew Omobamidele and Josh Martin joining the side, McCracken described the experience as good for both parties, allowing the young players to learn from the senior squad players.

“It’s been quite a mix; you’ve got a few first-team boys stepping in and a few Under-18s boys stepping up at the same time. It was good for them to play with each other and pass on that experience. The boys all did well, it gets them first-team lads minutes too, so that’s good.”

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