December 7 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Some fans think Norwich City are in the wars at the moment – but it was certainly the case for Alex Tettey at the weekend.
The Norwegian midfielder continued his impressive return to form in his currently customary role as chief protector of the Canaries defence at the Emirates Stadium.
But he had to battle through a nasty first-half clash of heads with Mathieu Flamini – and his ensuing headache – for the rest of a ruthless day at the office as Premier League leaders Arsenal turned the screw.
“I’m OK but I’ve got a headache,” Tettey smiled. “I’ve got some tablets to take. When he hit me it was very hard for me to just speak and remember where I was. But after a few minutes it was fine.
“Of course I wanted to stay on. You play Arsenal, you want to play.”
And that even goes for a top-flight hammering – although Saturday’s final score did Chris Hughton’s men few favours on an afternoon where they threw all they had at Arsene Wenger’s men; a side that may finally have more to target than simply a top-four finish.
“It was harsh and I think at the moment, we are playing good in periods but we are not able to play like that for 90 minutes and that’s where our problem is,” assessed Tettey. “We are not capable of holding it for 90 minutes. That is something we have to correct, and correct it really fast as well because now it’s eight games and they keep coming.
“I was thinking at 2-1 down we could go on and get something. And then once again, we had those good periods – and then they got 3-1 and we didn’t know what to do anymore, because at 3-1 it is very difficult. But before that we had good periods and they scored. Even at 2-0 down we kept going and got the goal back.
“We created chances, we’re playing well. We had good movement and the boys were giving it a go. But as I said, you’re playing against Arsenal and every mistake you make, they will punish you.”
That is certainly the case at the moment, with Wenger’s men top of the table and on Saturday’s evidence, able to score at will. In the end, City’s best just couldn’t cope with the flying Gunners.
“At the moment, what they are doing offensively is very good,” added Tettey. “It’s at a very high level. As you see with the first goal, they had that chance by getting the ball back again but what they are doing offensively is very impressive.
“The score did flatter them – that’s what I told Martin Olsson in the locker room. And it was the same game here as last season. It is very difficult. We didn’t sit back and wait for them. We had our periods and we did really well going forward.
“Being in the relegation zone makes it feel worse but if you look at the last two games, we played Chelsea and Arsenal. Nobody expects us to win these but for us, we played well. We haven’t got positive results but we have to take the performances we put in and try to channel that into three points against Cardiff next week.”
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.