A Ryan Loft hat-trick saw us return to winning ways
at the Canaries’ Colney Training Centre – and we could have added to the scoreline on a handful of occasions throughout the Barclays Under-18 Premier League contest.
The trip also yielded a first clean sheet of the season for our youngsters, with Under-18s Coach Kieran pleased with the commitment shown all over the pitch after a testing spell of matches in which we’d struggled in certain areas.
“It was a really positive day, underpinned by a really good work ethic individually and as a group,” he said. “There were some really good bits of quality in our attacking play and some outstanding bits of individual defending.
“The first goal was obviously important. Norwich had a chance early in the game and when we made the breakthrough they then pressed and committed more bodies to try to win the ball high up the pitch, but when we got away from their first line of pressure we had some real opportunities to score some more goals with counter-attacks around their box.
“On another day we’d be hoping that we could be more clinical in front of goal, but with three goals and a clean sheet today it’s certainly been a pleasing display.”
Having suffered three straight defeats prior to Saturday’s game, Kieran was also happy with the efforts shown by the players to eradicate some of their past mistakes.
“The group needed to go back to basics in terms of their work ethic, especially off the ball,” he added.
“That’s been emphasised to them in the last few weeks and, to be fair, I thought the boys did that in last week’s match against Chelsea, but certainly today they had a real focus on making sure they did the basic things really well.
“If we do that then the players know there’s talent in the group and they’ll go and score goals and put on good performances.”