After Norwich City’s Under-23s beat Colchester United 3-1 in Monday’s friendly match, midfielder Regan Riley said that, following an impressive first half, the Canaries let their foot off the gas slightly in the second period.
“It was a friendly game but competitive as well,” he added. “I think everyone was working hard for each other and put in a good shift, so I enjoyed the game, all good, and got a lot out of it.
“We dominated the first half and came off it a bit in the second, it’s like a natural thing but we need to work on that, staying on top of the game for the full 90. It will cost you against a better opponent.”
Riley signed for Norwich City during the recent January transfer window, and has been able to settle into the academy setup quickly.
“I’ve settled in well, the lads have welcomed me well and I get on with everyone which makes it easier when playing because you feel like part of the team and can enjoy playing.
“Every game helps but games like this, you can try different things because it's a friendly, so it’s a big opportunity for that.”
Newcastle United are next up for the U23s in the Premier League 2 Division 2, a side the Canaries were victorious against earlier in the season.
“Newcastle on Friday is a big game and a competitive one,” Riley said. If we put in a big shift like today, everyone will be ready for it. Today was about keeping it ticking over and we’re looking forward to that as well.”