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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Spanish full-back Javier Garrido acknowledged Norwich City paid the price for not making the most of their good pressure and decent chances at Newcastle United.
In what is becoming a recurring theme, the Canaries again did well to carve open sights of the Magpies goal – but when they were on top, they could not forge ahead. And in the end, Demba Ba’s fourth goal in five games made them pay.
“Well in the first half we had a few chances to be honest, but this is what happens when we don’t score obviously,” said Garrido.
“They have got great quality up front also and they took the opportunity that they got and in the end we leave with no points from here, but the team will work very hard in this week to win the next game.”
City have two goals to their name in five top-flight outings – the worst strike rate in the Premier League.
Left-back Garrido, impressive so far during his season-long loan from Italian side Lazio, added: “Sometimes it just happens like this.
“In the last game we had maybe seven shots in a game – seven shots that kept coming, one after another, and we didn’t score. Sometimes it’s an unlucky situation, sometimes their goalkeeper or defender does their job.
“It’s just football and we need to keep training hard and keep working to change that.
“Now, at the moment, this is maybe the thing we need – to score more goals. We have great quality players up front and obviously it’s just at the moment we do need to score. But the strikers and all of us are trying hard to change that.”
City’s improved performances since their opening day hammering at Fulham have been built on a solid foundation brought about with help from the arrival of centre-back Sebastien Bassong.
The defender’s early departure due to a hamstring injury was always unlikely to do the Canaries any favours, no doubt after a full week of work on the training ground.
However, it did at least allow summer singing Michael Turner back into the fray having missed out on Premier League action since that fateful trip to Craven Cottage.
“That happens sometimes,” said Garrido, of Bassong’s afternoon ending early. “Obviously ‘Bass’ is an important player for us but Michael Turner, when he came on to the pitch, he did really well.
“So that’s very important. Anything that happens in the game, the other team-mates have to be ready and give their best to help the team. So I think Michael did a great game and congratulations to him.
“It wasn’t easy for him or for the team, not after a 5-0 defeat against a team like Fulham. But I think everybody is working hard and trying their best.”
The Canaries – as will be repeated until the monkey is shaken firmly off their back – remain without a Premier League victory from the opening five top-flight games. It was their fifth game last season that brought a 2-1 win at Bolton; their first of the 2011-12 campaign.
And while the League Cup third round tie against League One Doncaster Rovers at Carrow Road on Wednesday night will offer some distraction from that fact, the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ own winless Liverpool to Norwich three days later won’t be a game for the faint of heart.
“It was a great frustration, this result for us,” added Garrido. “The team tried to do our best but this is a difficult stadium and a difficult team to play against.
“So we just need to keep going and keep the focus on the next game on Wednesday – and of course, the Liverpool game is going to be a great, great game for us.”