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Saxon Earley: We've got our focus on putting things right

Norwich City Under-23s left-back Saxon Earley says the team are motivated to put things right and carry on their positive season against Fulham on Friday evening (7pm KO).

The young Canaries dominated the first half against the Baggies, but were ultimately let down by individual errors in the final 45 minutes, giving the visitors all three points in their 5-2 win.

Speaking ahead of Fulham, Earley reflected on Monday's game and saysit's about putting it right after losing a game they thought they had under control.

"It was a very, very disappointing loss. We tried to play the right way and do the right things and unfortunately, it didn't come off for us that game. The lads have been excellent, we've come straight back in and put our focus on Friday and putting things right.

"We should've been 3-0 up at half time. We came in at half time and they didn't have a shot on target. I thought we were the dominant force and controlled the game. I didn't think they had a foot in, but you can't win a game at half time. Unfortunately, we didn't come out in the second half and that's what let us down.

"I would say three or four goals were our own personal, individual mistakes that led to their goals. It wasn't them breaking us down, or a nice bit of play, it was us gifting them. That makes it harder to take."

However, Earley says it's been a great season so far after taking just their second loss on Monday, praising the atmosphere among the U23s squad.

"We've had a very good start to the season, so it's important in moments like this to keep our feet on the ground, keep doing the right things, not get sloppy or inconsistent and try push on for the season and get more wins.

"We're all very happy, the atmosphere in the dressing room when you come in is all very uplifting. We look forward to playing each week, training each day, so the atmosphere is really good around the dressing room."

Much like right-back Josh Giurgi, Earley has played in an unfamiliar position for the majority of the season. Discussing his transition to left-back, the young defender says he's enjoying it a lot more than he first thought.

"At the start of the season, Alan came up to me and asked how I'd feel playing left-back. I said I'd give it a go. At first, I wasn't quite sure, but I feel like I've really grown into it, I actually quite enjoy it now. I'm playing more of a defensive left-back and I feel like I'm playing well.

"I had a little spell in the midfield against West Brom, but all the other games this season I've been at left-back and I've been enjoying it more than I thought I would! Hopefully I keep putting out some decent performances as the season goes on there."

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