Praise for ‘terrific’ performance of Irish winger Power during City U23s’ victory
PUBLISHED: 12:06 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 21 August 2018
Matt Gill has praised the work of Irish winger Simon Power in helping Norwich City Under-23s pick up their first win of the season.
The young Canaries bounced back from 2-0 down against Reading at Colney to win 3-2 and shake off a 2-0 defeat away to Aston Villa in their opening Premier League fixture.
Power thumped home City’s first goal before the break and teed up Adam Idah for the equaliser in the 56th minute, before being brought down by Royin Omolabi as he charged through on goal, earning the Royals man a red card.
Anthony Spyrou sealed the Division Two victory with three minutes remaining but 20-year-old Power, signed from UC Dublin in January, came in for particular praise from his U23s boss.
“He deserves a massive mention,” Gill said. “He kept running in-behind and worked really hard. He was terrific.
“He was involved when their man got sent off and really stuck at it. That’s the mentality we need.
“To score in the first-half was vital for us. He’s capable of that, to score out of nothing.”
Power, Idah and Spyrou all scored their first goals at PL2 level, in a game which also featured senior defender Russell Martin ahead of his likely loan exit, and Gill was pleased with the spirit of his team on Monday afternoon.
“Obviously we didn’t start the game great, but to win the game 3-2 shows real resilience from such a young group, so I’m delighted,” Gill continued, speaking to City’s website.
“We started the game horrifically and we were in the mode of: ‘We’re going to have a nice game of football’.
“It was a lovely day, the pitch was great, some of the lads have just come up from under-18s football and I think they had the wrong attitude early on.
“They need to recognise quickly that it’s proper football and they need to earn the right to play. We need to play to our strengths. It was a good learning experience on how to start a game.
“To stick with it and keep going at 2-0 down showed superb character and resilience.”
Gill’s team return to league action on Monday when they take on West Brom at the Baggies’ training ground in another 2pm kick-off.