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Norwich City must stop shipping all of these goals late in games

08:00 06 February 2016

The Norwich players are left dejected and complaining to Referee Kevin Friend after conceding their side’s 3rd goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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02/02/2016

The Norwich players are left dejected and complaining to Referee Kevin Friend after conceding their side’s 3rd goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 02/02/2016

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City are quickly heading towards the unwanted statistic of conceding an average of two goals a games.

That is relegation form – have no doubt about it. What particularly concerns me is the number being leaked late on in games.

A total of 13 have come in the final quarter of an hour. Those conceded at West Ham, Man City and at home to Liverpool have cost five points – how vital will they be?

If you look at the final half an hour, the total of goals let in rises to 22 – yes, virtually half of them.

I know there are times when teams ship a late one when they are pressing for a winner or leveller. But that isn’t often the case for City,

It is more to do with switching off and players not doing their jobs,

Is this malaise to do with fitness?

If you take Tuesday for example, Spurs – who had been in cup action at the weekend – looked strong and fit to the end, while the Canaries were flagging badly, despite a 10-day lay-off. If fitness is an issue, that has to be dealt with – and quickly.

There seems no doubt that the season will go to the very end and so endurance will be key – both in individual games and the campaign itself.

9 comments

  • why not make the players explain to the public why they are making gross mistakes in conceding so many goals

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    canarykid

    Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • and if the team are not fit enough, get a new fitness trainer and build that stamina.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Irish, you beat me to it . Couldn't agree more. and if you are not behind early doors, you are not chasing the game and should be tighter in defense so its not so easy for the opposition to then score the later goals.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • CanaryWest

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • The number of goals we coned in the first 20 minutes would seem to be more of a concern.

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    CanaryWest

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Oh Lordy a negative from Irish! He's quite right though:-)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • It wouldn't be a bad idea to stop shipping goals early either!

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • I think it's down to the half time pie and pint. By the time it's gone down around the hour mark they are bloated. I think a return to ice cream and jelly would certainly improve things.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Norwich City must stop shipping all of these goals late in games simple then, stop playing Bassong and put in Bennett alongside Klosse

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    Dave

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

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