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Dave Wright: The second half was disappointing, I felt we lost our discipline

19 March 2021

Under-23s coach David Wright was disappointed in his side’s second half performance as Norwich City fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.

Owen Bailey scored the only goal of the game for the Magpies in the final seconds of the match, but it was a game that opened up in terms of chances in the second half after Norwich had done well to control proceedings in the opening 45 minutes.

“We could have gone in 3-0 up in the first half but we missed some chances,” said Wright. “At half-time we spoke about continuing doing what we were doing and just sharpening up a few bits and pieces where we felt we could hurt them in possession and then out of possession to stop the transition, because we knew their front four could get them up the pitch very quickly.

“Unfortunately, second half, for whatever reasons, we moved away from the plan and lost our discipline.

“In possession I felt people were doing their own bits and pieces and they weren’t sticking to the plan. I felt even though we created numerous chances in the second half but it kind of turned into a basketball game. It wasn’t an adults’ game of football, it was more like watching the young ones where it goes from one end to the other.

“In terms of that discipline out of possession, as well, we allowed them to counter us and for the game to go from one end to the other rather than setting our attack up and making sure that we were ready to counter press. The second half was disappointing in that sense because I felt we lost that discipline in and out of possession.”

A bright spark was the performance of Oscar Thorn though, who came on as a substitute at half-time for the injured Josh Giurgi.

“Oscar was a real positive,” said Wright. “He came on and could have scored two goals, but he came on and did what we asked him to do.”

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