City have plenty of reasons to be cheerful for Quintilla
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Xavi Quintilla believes Norwich City’s performance against AFC Bournemouth would have been enough to record three points in their opening two Championship fixtures.
Arnaut Danjuma’s first-half strike saw the Canaries record their first defeat of the season - with City’s lack of penetration in the final third a cause for concern.
For Quintilla, the Canaries’ dominance in the second half warranted more from the game but the Spaniard is confident City can push providing they replicate the standard of their second-half display.
“I think we had a great performance. The first half we can do it better – it was a close game in the first half but you have to see the second half and we have to make sure we do it better for the games in the future.
“I think if the team played that way in the opening two games then we probably win them both.
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“In the first two games, we didn’t play as well as we did today. Especially in the second half, we have to make things better but there were plenty of good things that we need to take into our games going forward.”
City host Derby County next week - with the Rams failing to pick up a single point from their opening three fixtures.
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Quintilla believes that improving their offensive passages of play will help them kick-on in the division.
Despite the result, the left-back believes City need to be looking at the quality of their performances rather than focusing on results at this embryonic stage of the season.
“Obviously, we’re not happy with the result but we’ll stick together to improve. I think we can play better – but we need to make sure we play like we did in the second half in the next games.
“Today was tough. I think the best we’ve had over the three games we’ve played. We’re happy with that but we’re looking forward to the next game to get the three points. There was only one team and we created all the football. We deserved a goal.
“This game – to have the second half like we did, is really positive, I think the team are working everyday with better sensations. We need to play with a similar confidence going forward.
“Everybody is working so hard on the training pitch – we have a lot of new players and that’s hard but everyone who has come in is a great person and really good players.”