Grant: We can still make a fortress
CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant says Norwich City can still make Carrow Road a fortress. sThe Canaries were beaten in front of their own fans on their last appearance - going down 2-1 to Cardiff - but Grant insists lessons can be learned that will prevent City becoming a soft touch at home.
Peter Grant says Norwich City can still make Carrow Road a fortress.
The Canaries were beaten in front of their own fans on their last appearance - going down 2-1 to Cardiff - but Grant insists lessons can be learned that will prevent City becoming a soft touch at home.
“We have lost one game, let's put it into perspective,” said Grant. “We know the season has just started and it was disappointing the way we lost it, but we have still to perform anywhere near what we are capable of.
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“I think there are a lot of things we have got to look at and be positive about, and the positive things have got to come from what we do now, not what has happened two weeks ago.
“Positive things have got to happen now. Let's see and show people what you can do. As individuals do your individual job well, that is what I keep saying, do the basics well and everything else looks after itself.”
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City were leading Cardiff by a Simon Lappin goal and were playing their best football of the season, before lapses in concentration saw the visitors snatch the points with two goals inside the final 30 minutes. It was an escape that even Cardiff manager Dave Jones admitted was tough on Norwich.
“The way we lost it was disappointing,” he said. “I thought a lot of things in the first half were good against Cardiff, then when I look statistically at it, the second half was much better. That's incredible when you think of the turnabout.
“All the stats in the second half were miles in front of Cardiff in everything. If I am looking in the cold light of day straight after the game I just didn't see that. It just shows you the way you can be kidded on with stats.
“But it was the way we lost it, the goals we lost. If you win the game 1-0 everybody says good performance. When you lose the game it becomes despondency - I get more despondent the way we lost it and that is the concentration levels.
“It is that concentration level in the middle of the game and assessing situations as they appear, that is what you have to be able to do. You have to think quicker, you have to be thinking about the game all the time and thinking about the personnel you are playing against. That is what you have to do as a footballer. The crowd, the manager cannot tell you that constantly.
“That's when you become a fortress because you do all those things well, constantly, and that is what you have to get into the habit of doing.”