Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Alex Tettey hopes Norwich City’s season will not come down to tense must-win games – but admitted they have done themselves no favours in trying to avoid last season’s fate.
The Canaries’ campaign has been dogged by winning games only when deemed necessary, rather than when a three-point haul would earn breathing space from the Premier League drop zone.
The trend continued with defeat in Cardiff on Saturday – and makes for a tough afternoon when Manchester City visit Carrow Road this weekend.
“That’s exactly it – it reminds me a little bit of last season, where at the end we had ‘have to win’ games, and then suddenly we managed to win games because we had to win them,” said Tettey.
“I hope it doesn’t come to that, where we have to play games like cup finals before we win games. I have no idea why it’s been like that.
“I’m confident we’ve got the players – and it’s about a bit of luck as well, and confidence for our strikers because they are good enough. If you score a lot at one place, why can’t you do it in the Premier League?”
Tettey’s starting berth on Saturday was his first since an ankle injury suffered in October – coincidentally against Cardiff.
“It sums up the whole disappointment again, coming back in for a start against the same team I got injured against – and then not being able to win,” added Tettey.
“I’ve been dying to come back. I’m working as hard as I can to show the manager I have the energy to play.
“We need everybody to step up their game. It’s definitely going to be a fight – we need everybody to be strong so we can fight together.”