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Greg Crane: The mentality was better but there is still loads to work on

Under-18s coach Greg Crane praised the mentality of his players as they put an improved second half showing in against Arsenal during a 3-0 defeat at the Lotus Training Centre.

Under-18s coach Greg Crane praised the mentality of his players as they put an improved second half showing in against Arsenal during a 3-0 defeat at the Lotus Training Centre.

The Canaries conceded two early goals, and having yet to win a game so far this season, that could have knocked their confidence, and led to a heavy defeat. However, they battled back well and, on the balance of play in the second half, should have got back into the match before Arsenal made sure of the points with a goal 16 minutes from time.

“We were slow to start off and gave them a couple of early goals in the game, which put us on the back foot a little bit,” admitted Crane.

“However, when we calmed down and got to grips with the way we wanted to play and what we wanted to do, we started to get a foothold in the game. We started to play a bit more football and second half they tried to go on the front foot and we created a couple of chances.

“I think we have just got to be a bit more clinical when we get them chances because they are not coming in a free-flowing manner at the minute. We are creating moments where we need to put the ball in the back of the net which will help momentum, which will help performance, which will drive the lads on. There were loads of positives from the lads today for me. Their mentality was better than it has been in previous weeks, the football was better than it has been in previous weeks, but there are still loads of things to work on.”

Speaking about that mentality, Crane added that it has not always been there with the team this season, so it was a positive step to see them show resolve after conceding two early goals.

“To be fair the group have been up and down with that mentality,” he said. “It is something we have been working on. We want to see more of a mentality like we saw today. It has not been easy for the group the last couple of weeks because we have only had four or five players training due to some being involved with the under-23s and then there was an under-17s game in midweek. So, it has been hard for them but I think throughout the week they have shown that they resilience is improving.”

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