December 9 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Before the weekend and for the majority of supporters, it was enough for Norwich City to be playing well and just falling short on picking up points – after all, anything from games against Arsenal and Chelsea remains a bonus for two-thirds of the Premier League. But those sentiments didn’t extend into this weekend.
One goalless draw with newly promoted Cardiff, and the narrative has switched to the worry that the Canaries are now officially playing well but not picking up the points they need. And while the current Premier League table remains in its infancy, City’s record of winning six, scoring 28 goals and notching 27 points in their last 30 games is form that needs to change. And quickly.
“OK, you’d rather play terribly and win but I think this game was important because we’ve played well in the last few weeks and come away with nothing from the two big games against Chelsea and Arsenal,” said Michael Turner.
“So it was important we put on another good performance and obviously ideally we wanted the three points, but it wasn’t to be.
“They changed their shape at half-time and had two holding midfielders instead of one, so that was a bit more difficult for us. But I still felt we dominated possession and created lots of chances. We’re just really disappointed we’ve come out without three points.
“The atmosphere in there is OK really considering we are all disappointed we haven’t won. But we are all positive and we thought we played really well, and created so many chances, that we feel we deserved to win
“The way we’ve played here and the last few weeks really, we feel we’re heading in the right direction. There just needs to be that bit more patience. There’s a good team spirit even though we haven’t won. We are positive about how we played and looking forward to our next game.”
On the evidence of a large proportion of the home support at Carrow Road on Saturday – coincidentally at 26,846, a record all-seater attendance – that patience is now wearing thin.
But while two trips to Manchester await the Canaries, Turner doesn’t believe it will help City be away from the pressure of playing at home.
“It won’t really be a relief,” added Turner. “I think for us we were a little bit disappointed with some of the reactions from the crowd but that’s part and parcel of the industry we’re in and with results like this, it’s just the way it goes.
“Although we’ve lost two games here in the league this season, I think we feel comfortable playing here. We know we had a good record here last year and we feel it’s a place we can make a little bit of a fortress again this season.
“Obviously it was a frustrating afternoon for everyone and the crowd are desperate for the win as much as we are. Everyone was disappointed, everyone was frustrated in the end.
“But we did play well and we need to take that forward.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.