December 10 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Last season’s away day frustrations will not have played on the mind of Leroy Fer as much as some of his new Norwich City team-mates – but that won’t have eased his frustration.
The 23-year-old Dutch international made his long awaited Premier League debut following his summer arrival and opening day suspension, and his efforts were one of the few positives to come out of the defeat at newly promoted Hull.
Maybe it should have been even better – Fer’s second-minute header somehow drifting wide of Allan McGregor’s upright.
But it wasn’t, and while Fer missed the Canaries’ road trips last season his first experience this term will have still rung true with those who have followed Norwich around the top flight for 12 months.
“Yes, of course we are frustrated,” said Fer. “We were coming here to Hull City and of course we wanted to win the game. OK, we lost 1-0 and after 26 minutes we were playing against 10 men. So we should have at least scored one goal in the game.
“I think we didn’t really create so many chances and against 10 men, I think you have to have three or four 100pc chances, but we just didn’t create them.
“They dropped back really good. They defended really good, Hull City. So it was really good of them. But I think that we have to create those chances.”
While it was far from the day’s prime reason for defeat, Fer felt City didn’t get the right side of referee Mike Jones’ whistle with Hull’s first-half penalty that ultimately earned all three points – while agreeing with Yannick Sagbo’s dismissal for an off the ball incident four minutes later.
“It’s difficult – at that moment I think it is not normally a penalty because it happens every time in the game,” said Fer. “But the referee gave the penalty and they won the game, so for us it is really bad.
“I didn’t see the red card really good but I heard it was a headbutt on Russell (Martin). I didn’t see it but if it’s a headbutt then it must be a red card.”
So City will head back to the Colney drawing board for Southampton’s visit to Carrow Road on Saturday, with a relatively small section likely to be reserved for Bury’s League Cup visit tomorrow.
Fer’s Cup involvement seems unlikely should City boss Chris Hughton opt to ring the changes, which would instead allow the midfielder to spend time digesting his Premier League debut and where he goes from here.
“My first game has taught me we have to create a lot of chances!” smiled Fer. “But no, I think it’s a really physical game here in the Premier League and a lot of up and down, up and down, defend and then attack. So it’s good for your conditioning and I have to work on that.
“But I’m glad I played 90 minutes. In Holland it’s less physical and powerful but I think I have to work on that conditioning and I will be better in the next game.”