Alex Tettey reveals it was far from the feeling of survival in the Norwich City dressing room after Cardiff loss

Alex Tettey (centre) returned to the heart of Norwich City's midfield at Cardiff on Saturday. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Alex Tettey (centre) returned to the heart of Norwich City's midfield at Cardiff on Saturday. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images

Sunday, February 2, 2014
6:20 PM

The expressions on the Norwich City players as they walked the start of their journey home – via the Cardiff City Stadium interview mixed zone – said it all.

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The Canaries have endured more than their fair share of painful defeats this season, many with far worse performances than the domination they often enjoyed in Wales.

But, put simply, defeat in Cardiff was clearly the lowest point yet.

Suddenly, previous comments about Premier League relegation being less palatable than death took on a more tangible presence in the visiting dressing room after the final whistle.

“Believe me – it was like someone had died,” said Alex Tettey. “That’s how it felt, because we lost and this was not a team we should have lost to today. It’s eating me up that we managed to lose against Cardiff. I thought we were excellent in the first 20 minutes and then we let them in the game after that, which we shouldn’t have done.”

From this point, a smile accompanies the rest of Tettey’s comments – the sort that signalled the bewildered exasperation Norwich fans have become all to acquainted with in recent months.

“Then we started the second half the way we shouldn’t have. From our mistake, we let them score two goals – and even though we were down 2-1, we could’ve won the game with all the chances we had. But I’m standing here really gutted that we lost 2-1 because it’s ourselves to blame. There’s nobody else. We made the mistakes out there and we just couldn’t score again.”

And that is undoubtedly the most troubling point to emerge from Saturday. Norwich gifted Cardiff three points and in turn, left themselves with a far greater struggle for survival over the coming weeks than ever confronted them last season.

“Of course this is a concern and we’re away from home as well – we cannot play like we have played here, with all those chances, and not be able to score goals. It’s a big concern. We can’t continue like this.

“In a couple of situations we switched off and in the Premier League you cannot switch off when you are playing games. That is something we have to work on because parts of our game here were really good.

“Even with the mistakes we made, they were the only things they had during the whole game.”

The concerned Canaries ranks do include Tettey – which means he is hoping to take a calmer lead from some of his team-mates as Norwich City fight to buck a trend that is growing more worrying by each passing week.

“Personally I did used to be really concerned, but the group has been in this mess in this division for a long time,” added Tettey.

“So they are used to being calm and when they are calm, that helps me. But personally, this was a game I really wanted to win because then it could’ve given us some space from where we are now.”

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24 comments

  • I respect Tettey and am sure his comments are from the heart. However it does not alter the dire situation we are in. Actions speak louder than words and there has been little of the latter this season. The league table doesn't lie and in fact given our run-in it almost flatters us. I have no idea what the Board is thinking but I know what it is not doing and that is making a change of manager if only to freshen things up and bring some hope. May not work but doing nothing is not an option. I am loathe to criticise the Board because in the past they probably saved the club from financial ruin. But I feel on this occasion they have made a mistake with Hughton and cannot bring themselves to admit it and to do something about it. Only my view, though!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • I'm not a hughton in or out man. Watching the game Saturday I actually thought we played well for periods, but seem to let ourselves down in 2 areas - in front of goal, obviously, but also we seem to switch off and watch the ball on occasions. I agree with comments I've seen elsewhere whereby I would look to give the captaincy to someone more vocal and vital and keep the players awake.

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    powelld123

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Coldharbour I am wondering just what a manager would have to do to be a bad managere in your eyes. We lost on Saturday because our gutless manager tried to defend deep when one nil up against the bottom team in the division. So far he has destroyed the confidence of the team, removed all leadership, let good players leave the club, bought one striker who he never puts in the team and paid a fortune for another who shouldn't be selected. I guess by your judgement, Myra Hindley would make a "Not bad" babysitter.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Don't turn up to games whether home or away. Empty stadiums and no support will soon hit home. Spend more with the other half, there will be no stress and pleasant company!

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    JB

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Unless you have a really skilled manager such as Arsene Wenger the only way to progress (for a limited time) is to keep changing your manager until doing so coincides with a couple of good results (as may be the case with Sunderland) and then with luck you might begin a run during which your team punches above its weight. Just like Norwich did when Lambert was first appointed.

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    Armchair fan

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Well moderators if you are so precious how about consistency. There are worse far worse than I posted. What has Myra Hindley got to do with football?

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    Melbourne

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Wow, that is a statement. “Personally I did used to be really concerned, but the group has been in this mess in this division for a long time” Does that mean that everyone is resigned to it?

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Did we get the whole quote I wonder? Was it: "I used to be really concerned but when I realised that the manager and board of directors didn't give a toss, I thought why should I"?

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    waclor

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Fine words Alex and I'm sure you care but this is what it is like most weekends for the long suffering fans. Some defeats really hurt and this one hurt a lot. We watch as our pathetic board and our idiot of a manager throw away everything that has been worked so hard for and seemingly learn nothing week after week. It is pointless telling us what they are going to do and how much they care. Plenty of fine words but the statistics speak for themselves. Now is the time for action. Stop taking the long suffering supporters for fools. get rid of the clown and bring someone in short term to inspire us and get us over the line.It is time to stop being little Norwich, There will be plenty of years of that in the championship if we go down with a whimper.

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Melbourne, I think waclor was only using irony\hyperbole to stress a point. Certainly an `interesting` choice. I empathise with your comment on `precious` moderation. Very frustrating sometimes, though the abusive brigade seems to have taken a sabbatical..

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • In my humble opinion the management set up will remain in place this season regardless of whether you are a "in" or "out" where Mr H is concerned. Personally i have had issues with the playing style since last year but accepted that results and the eventual league table finish last year meant Mr H would be at the helm this year (and i am a season ticket holder so i do watch it to pass comment on the playing style!). It strikes me now that with the transfer window shut the board thinks the current set up is the right answer. I happen to think that relegation would not lead to an instant return players and fans seem less harmonious than when we dropped to league one which could make returning to the prem even harder. If i had a wish it would be that Hughton would go now and an interim boss brought in to try and keep us up and review things in the summer as for me if we don't change we definitely go down so why not try something and if that fails no worse than were we are heading. If my wish wasn't forthcoming which i dont expect it to i would have more respect for the board if they out righted supported their man but they dont seem to want to do that either.

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • BWise that Goal Differnce thing carries with it an arithmetical problem; when ManC `trash` us, say, 7-0, it adds equally to their surplus and our deficit. However, I`m sure Liverpool, Ar$enal, Chelsea and Fulham will help a bit. Then there`s Southampton, ManU, Swansea, Villa... Well, just about anyone we have left to play. I fear there`ll be no gravy next Season; De trein is vertrokken. Gek Brouwer :-((

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • It would make no difference to this years campaign if we sacked hoots or not, we would have to pay him compensation, and who would we replace him with, another failed sacked manager? might as well stick with what we have got, accept the consequences that we are going down, and get ready for season in the Championship. Bitter pill to swallow, but a reality

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Waclor. Myra Hindley? Seriously? Myra Hindley in a conversation about football? Get some perspective or at least some social conscience - and you question my judgement?

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Someone needs to tell Hughton and company that a football game lasts 90 mins and Norwich have not played one game this season where they have been consistently good for more than 20 mins. hence our dire league position, I agree with other posters who say the team is no where near fit enough. Too busy penning articles apologising for their useless manager

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    BrightonCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I don't think that the managers position has changed that much, because the actual performance wasn't that bad. We just look like we can't get, or earn ourselves a break. We are in trouble, no doubt about it. We are all expecting to lose next week, just hoping that it's not a disastrous score - and that about sums it up. I suspect that Hughton will leave the club at some point between now and next season. If we do drop out of the Prem, I think he'll be back before us managing someone else, because he's not a bad manager, it just doesn't seem to be clicking here at the moment, and you get the feeling it never will. Whatever we feel, we've got to get behind the team, it's the only help we can give. If we're true supporters we'll roar them on to victories to those around us, we can pick the players up, we can make a difference. I know the style isn't to our liking, but are we just going to sit back, tut and say 'I told you so?'

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Let`s have more& more and bigger & better hyperbole, waclor! I suppose Myra Hindley is a bit left-field, though. How about something even more hyperbolical "Michael Theo(klitos) would make a reasonable goalkeeping coach". That`s more litote than hyperbole, I suppose...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Need the skills of Hoolahan to unlock defences, Elmander not the player to be in his position. When Redmond plays, he is always on the left, never able to supply crosses. Play him on the right. The starting X1 had NO PACE up front.

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    Barry from Spain

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Worrying times. Even if you're only going to need 37-8 points to stay up I can only see us picking up another 14 or so at best and that's allowing for a win at Fulham who have already beaten us 3 times this season. I'm really not sure about a home win against Sunderland who are now going like a train. We might be lucky in that Arsenal and Chelsea could be "on the beach" if the league is done and dusted by May but that's looking unlikely and we shouldn't be relying on that to stay up. Our goal difference means we're technically a point down on the other teams on 24 points as well. As I said - worrying times.

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • The bookies will soon stop taking bets on the clubs to be relegated and the managers to keep their jobs. So, how about a bet on whether Norwich's goal deficit (currently -18) will exceed Man City's goal surplus (currently + 42). Given the Norwich's fixture run-in, their leaky defence, their toothless attack and their Manager's apparent job security, it might be worth a flutter. Stranger things have happened.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • “Personally I did used to be really concerned, but the group has been in this mess in this division for a long time,” added Tettey. You'd think by now they'd have found a way out of the mess, but clearly not... As they say in AA, Nothing changes, if nothing changes...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Sooner or later Norwich will get relegated. Could be this season, could be next. Not big enough to attract and retain the players who are needed to keep the side up. A yo yo team. Still, better than ipswich have managed.

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    Tom

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Suffolk--it ain't going to happen. Wonder if my season ticket will be cheaper next year + where will all thease so called Prem; players we bought end up-----not many back in the Prem; i feel.

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    superfan59

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • When a team is in the position of NCFC it needs to set itself small manageable goals. This should be a management technique set for the team by the manager. The immediate goal should be to keep the goal count down on Saturday against Manchester City and specifically no more than a 2-0 loss. This would focus the teams thoughts, which must be all over the place at the moment and give them something positive to aim at. For supporters our mindset should be somewhat different and we should not have any talk of 7-0 loss as in sport you should go into every game thinking (not hoping) that you can win it. It can and does happen!!

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    NICEONE

    Monday, February 3, 2014

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