Alex Tettey feels the pain of Norwich City’s Championship struggles
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Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is adamant the Canaries' recent Championship decline hurts Neil Adams' players just as badly as the fans.
City have looked a pale shadow of the side who swept to the top of the table in the opening months of the campaign during a run of one league win in the last 10 games.
Some of Tettey's team mates took exception to the crowd's verdict after last weekend's latest Reading loss, but the 28-year-old insists Norwich do not feel sorry for themselves.
'We all want to win and please the fans. They were good to us supporting us, even at 2-1 down, and they have the right to respond in the way they did after the game,' he said. 'They pay their money and they want to see us deliver. We have to be clever enough and understand as players that we cannot react in that way. They have the right to their opinion.
'During the game we must not show our reaction that we are not happy. In the dressing room I can assure you we talk about things, when we come to the training ground we talk about things. We don't need to hammer team mates out on the field if they make a mistake because we want to show we are a team.'
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City's soft centre has been exposed in the last few games with Adams' men punished for a catalogue of individual errors.
'Sometimes the person who made a mistake will be noble enough to say sorry to the guys but you don't have to. We are a team and if someone makes a mistake we don't criticise that person, you have to accept that has happened but just carry on,' said the Norwegian international. 'It was tough after the game on Saturday, I must say. We talked it out, we managed to put the game behind us and on Tuesday we had a good look at that (Reading) match. Now we have to look forward. There is no other way. It is easy to say, but we have to do it.'
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Tettey has declared himself fighting fit for this weekend's trip to Wigan after another bruising encounter against the Royals.
'That is the Championship, you just have to take it and move on,' he said. 'It's not just my knee but my ankle from the Brighton game and then I got another knock against Reading. I have been getting some kicks recently but I am in training and playing the games and that is the most important thing. It helps that we only have one game a week now during this period.'