Colin is told to be far more positive
Defender Jürgen Colin has been urged to beef up his attacking game in order to make the most of Norwich City's raids on opposing territory. The Dutch full-back made numerous forays deep into the Colchester half during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Carrow Road - but manager Peter Grant wants to see more of an end product.
Defender Jürgen Colin has been urged to beef up his attacking game in order to make the most of Norwich City's raids on opposing territory.
The Dutch full-back made numerous forays deep into the Colchester half during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Carrow Road - but manager Peter Grant wants to see more of an end product.
The 24-year-old Colin has a neat turn of speed, which has proved invaluable in his defensive duties. Grant believes it can also be an asset in the attacking third of the field, but the City boss fears a collective nervousness is inhibiting his players.
He said: “The first half passing against Colchester was really frustrating because we were in good areas of the pitch, we could have created good chances, we had good openings and we gave the ball away. All of a sudden we were on the back foot again.
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“I think there's maybe been a lack of belief here and I can understand when they've lost four or five goals away from home that they end up saying 'Well, I'm not going there because there's a possibility we'll give possession away'.
“But I've said to them they've got to be braver than that. Jürgen Colin in the first half was making some tremendous runs and he kept playing the ball inside and playing safe and I'm not a team about playing safe. I'm about a team that's going to win the game.
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“If he's making those runs I expect him to get the ball in. He's made great runs and he's been free, but we just keep looking and playing these four or five-yard passes.
“We've got to get people down the outside, we've got to know what we're going to do when we receive the ball, we've got to move the ball quicker with the players we have, and not turn it over as often. So we've got to get much, much better at that.”
After two home points went begging against the U's, Grant said: “Now I can understand why the back four feel a little bit of pressure if we go attacking and the full-backs go bombing forward, because they know there's a possibility we're going to give the ball away.
“I want the players to be brave in possession but some of them take too many touches too often, get caught in possession and all of a sudden you get somebody running on the back end of you.”
He said it was all the more frustrating because his players' technical ability was all too apparent in training at Colney.
“I see them in training every day. This morning they were excellent - like Real Madrid playing in their possession games - but then they came into the game and they gave it away. I couldn't believe it was the same players I was watching.”