Eintracht Braunschweig Under-23s 2 Norwich City Under-23s 1: Young Canaries slip to a hard fought defeat in German tour finale
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Matt Gill praised his Norwich City Under-23s after pushing Eintracht Braunschweig Under-23s all the way in a 2-1 defeat on Friday lunchtime to wrap up their pre-season tour in Germany.
Diallang Jaiyesimi pulled one back after the experienced German outfit had eased into a two-goal lead through Nils Stottin and Erik Veiga but Gill insisted it was a step forward from the midweek win over SC Rot-Weiß Oberhausen.
'I thought it was a fantastic effort from us,' said Gill. 'Overall I was far happier than the other day. The things we spoke about, better passing, more rotation, people coming off the line was really, really good for the majority. The lads did themselves a lot of favours there. We built on the fitness and it is really good to play against that type of opposition. They are in a competitive men's league and that is what we are lacking a touch, in terms of that match nous and switching off in a couple of occasions. It was a learning experience, about not rushing into challenges and conceding cheap free kicks.
'We are trying to instil some bravery in the boys. We want intelligent footballers and they stuck to the task. I have no problem people giving the ball away if they are trying to do the right thing. In a real competitive game we stuck to our task.'
City won 2-1 at regional side SC Rot-Weiß Oberhausen in their opening tour game and following the return to England this weekend Gill's squad will be part of a Norwich City XI which takes on National League side Sutton United on Friday, July 28 (7.45pm). City's development squad conclude preparations for the new Premier League Two season with a fixture against Burnley's development set-up at Colney on Friday, August 4 (12pm).
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'As far as me as a coach this week could not have gone much better,' said Gill. 'What they have been exposed to in both games, in training, the surroundings, the facilities, to be next door to the first team. That has been brilliant. It has been a fantastic opportunity. The head coach was here for a bit of this game as well, so the boys gave it their all.'
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• Eintracht Braunschweig U23s (starting XI): Reok, Heuschel, Kolgeci, Franke, Udari, Dacqi, Cuatas, Fouley, Veiga, Mewa, Stottin.
• Goals: Stottin (11), Veiga (53)
• Norwich City U23s: Hallett, Arrons, Catton (Aransiba 62), Phillips (Sambu 77), Odusina (Wright 77), Efete, Higgs (Andreu 45), Jaiyesimi, Fonkeu (Kamal 84), Cantwell (Hylnsson 77), Middleton. Sub (not used): Oxborough (GK).
• Booking: Jaiyesimi
• Goal: Jaiyesimi (77)