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Bali Mumba: It was a team effort. We all stuck together and defended well

5 March 2021

Bali Mumba felt his teammates defended well in the 3-1 win over Reading in the Premier League 2 Division 2 match on Friday afternoon.

The Canaries won the game thanks to goals from Marco Stiepermann (2) and Jonathan Rowe but between the sticks they were also indebted to a few saves from Orjan Nyland who was playing his first 90 minutes in Norwich City colours on his way back from a lengthy spell out through injury.

Bali was impressed with the keeper’s display: “It was comfortable with him at the back,” he said. “He communicates well and as a player that is what you need, someone who is always communicating and keeping you on your toes and warning you when he sees any danger. So, it was a good performance from him. He made some good saves and kept us in the game.”

Speaking about the defensive performance as a whole, Bali added: “I was pleased with the lads. It was a team effort; we all stuck together and we defended well until the end and stayed compact and look to get the win. We are disappointed we didn’t get the clean sheet. That is what we were looking for, but we will take the win.

“I enjoyed it, just being out there on the pitch and getting some minute. That is very important for me to do, and winning it 3-1 just tops it off.”

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