Under-23s coach David Wright felt his side showed quality on the counterattack during their 3-1 win over Reading in the Premier League 2 Division 2 match on Friday afternoon.
The Canaries won the game thanks to two goals from Marco Stiepermann and a strike from Jonathan Rowe but, in a game where both sides named a strong starting XI, Reading were not without their possession and territory and it is how his side dealt with this that pleased Wright the most.
“It felt more like a reserve game,” he said. “We had got the experience of Stiepi (Marco Stiepermann), along with the likes of Andrew (Omobamidele), Josh (Martin) and Bali (Mumba) who are young but who are in and around the first team and they had a similar group to us. So, it was good to put us against them and have a good game and I thought the boys did really well.
“It was a frantic game but at times some of our quality on the counterattack, and our pace and speed on the counterattack, was really pleasing to see.”
Reading appeared to get a foothold in the game, having gone behind to Stiepermann’s opener, when Josh Martin missed a penalty for the Canaries but the way his side dealt with that pressure was a pleasing aspect of the performance for Wright.
“I think they got a boost from that (penalty miss) because all of a sudden they pinned us back, but we managed to weather that,” he said. “We spoke a lot at half-time about actually bypassing their press. Not always looking to play into it, but looking to go around it and go over it and I felt we had a better understanding of how to do it and we executed it better in the second half which then enabled us to get up the pitch better.”
“They (Reading) are a good team,” added Wright. “They have got a really good way of playing and it is quite difficult to stop. They have got a lot of bodies in the middle of the pitch and they try and go through you and if you are narrow then they will take you down the sides with the full backs. So the expectation was that they were going to create chances. We will view it, we will analyse it, and we will learn from it and we will take it into the next game.”