Alex Tettey insists Norwich City can stand up to the Championship bully boys

Alex Tettey scored on Norwich City's last Championship trip to Brentford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/F

Alex Tettey scored on Norwich City's last Championship trip to Brentford. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Tettey is convinced Norwich City can handle the Championship bullies.

The Canaries have slumped to eight league defeats in the last 10 games - including painful recent losses against high-energy, high-tempo pressing sides Huddersfield and Barnsley - but Tettey insists City's squad is able to mix it.

'I would not say we crack under the pressure. I would not say we are being bullied,' he said. 'We lost 5-0 at Brighton but they did not bully us. We made mistakes and all of sudden we are a poor team. Look at the Premier League teams and even Chelsea and Arsenal make mistakes. Yes, we are self-destructing by making mistakes or picking up a red card but I would not go as far to say we are being bullied on the pitch. I don't agree.

'We are tested in training and, physically, we are in good shape. We have a certain way of playing and other teams will prepare for that. They know certain ways of playing to stop us but we try to do the same. I would not say we crumble under pressure. It is about small details and if they turn in our favour I believe personally we can do what we have done in the past. If we can win a couple of games, get our confidence back on track we will be the same lads who won promotion last time.'

Tettey accepts Norwich have failed to get to grips with the Championship following last season's top flight relegation.

'That is a question I asked Martin Olsson after the last game. Is this league better now than two years ago? I don't know the answer,' he said. 'Whether the tempo is different or not. We talk about this stuff regularly. You have a lot of teams who have invested in players. We know we are good footballers. We have a good squad and I think if you compare the squad we have now to the last time in this league this one is a little bit better, but back then we were dominant in most of the games. Now the other teams seem better. We should be better because not that long ago we were playing Premier League football.'