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Alex Matos: We will keep going on the training pitch and keep working hard

Striker Alex Matos is confident Norwich City’s first victory in the Under-18 Premier League South is not too far away following an improved second half showing against Arsenal.

Striker Alex Matos is confident Norwich City’s first victory in the Under-18 Premier League South is not too far away following an improved second half showing against Arsenal.

The young Canaries conceded two early goals in Saturday’s match at home to the Gunners before creating the better chances in the second half. The team still conceded a third, against the run of play, to fall to their sixth straight loss, but Matos says there is positives to take from the side’s performance.

“I think the first 15 minutes were tough for us, but after that we got ourselves together, we performed much better as a unit and as a team.

“I think from the set pieces Osman (Foyo) nearly got one in the first half and in the second half as well. We could have scored from those but we move on and go to the next game.

“I thought second half we played much better. We created chances, Ken (Aboh) nearly scored a couple and we were all moving together as a team. When we have more time on the training pitch, I think the next game will be much better.”

Confidence has obviously been hit by the Canaries start to the season, but Matos added that the message from coach Greg Crane remains the same.

“I think (the message) is to just keep improving, keep together as a team and to keep our heads up and play with more mentality.

“We will keep going on the training pitch, we will keep working hard, and I think when we get all our players back from injury and everyone is fit we will be a hard team to stop.”

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