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Oscar Thorn: It’s a tough result to take when we should have won it

Norwich City Under-18s forward Oscar Thorn believes his team deserved more from their performance after their 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors found the opener early on, before Osman Foyo’s screamer got City on level terms, but ultimately the Blues would go on to take all three points after two goals in the second half.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Thorn says the team used their previous loss to Aston Villa as motivation to get a result against Chelsea, adding that he feels a win was deserved.

“We went into the game with our heads held high and I think in the first half we were by far the better team. We wanted to go into the second half with the same standard, but we were just tired towards the end.

“We bounced back straight after that goal; we knew they didn’t deserve it. We carried on playing how we were playing and got that goal through Osman [Foyo].

“We were using Aston Villa as fuel, we went into training on Tuesday and were straight at it, the boys were ready for this game since Tuesday. It’s a tough result to take when we think we should’ve won it, but it’s onto the next one.”

Returning to a 4-4-2 formation for Saturday’s game against the Blues saw many positive returns for the U18s, which Thorn thinks is down to the change in roles in the midfield.

“Osman and Harry [Brooke] are definitely better used in the 4-4-2 because they’re more attacking-minded.

“When we play with a diamond, we have to have that defensive midfielder, which is tough because we don’t really have any defensively-minded midfielders. It makes it easier for us as a team to play and link up.”

Finally, despite defeat, Thorn kept it nice and simple with his message going into the next game against Brighton & Hove Albion after the international break.

“We’ve got Brighton next, so we’re taking the positives from this game, which I think there was a lot of, we’ll be taking them into training and getting ready for Brighton."

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