Burnley boss: We have to take part of blame
AUDIO: Brian Laws said his team's performance went from 'the sublime to the ridiculous' on Saturday.
The half-time signs – 2-0 up and seemingly coasting – suggested they would do what Hull and Crystal Palace did and use Carrow Road as the base for their first away win of the campaign.
But the Burnley boss was left shaking his head – and feeling more than a little aggrieved that referee Trevor Kettle allowed Andrew Crofts' late equaliser to stand, despite claims of handball.
'I can't blame the referee all the time,' said Laws. 'I think there has to be a large proportion of blame on ourselves because you have just seen the sublime to the ridiculous in the second half. We were a totally different team in the second half.
'I said this was going to be a major, major second-half for us and we have to learn how to win the game. It's not about being pretty, but it's about being professional and making sure we make the right decisions and keeping the ball simple – don't over-complicate it, keep doing what you were doing in the first half and they won't live with you.
'But give credit to Norwich – they got right in our faces, didn't allow us time. They had to, otherwise it could have been a cricket score. But instead of talking about what a fantastic performance and result it would have been I'm just disappointed in ourselves because the second-half was a total contrast.
'It probably epitomised where we are this season away from home. The performances have been great, but we have not got the right points that go with the performances.
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'I'm not talking about kids in that dressing room, I'm talking about experienced players who have seen it and worn the T-shirt.
'That's the disappointing thing, we have become our own enemy and we made the job more difficult through our own errors and instead of keeping it simple, over-complicating things.
'We had so many options in the first half. Every player who picked his head up who had the ball at his feet he had three or four opportunities and options. Second-half I think when players picked their heads up they didn't see any.
'Credit to Norwich, they could have been feeling sorry for themselves, but they have come out and had a right go. In the end they have got a point out of it and we are walking away as though it's a defeat.'
Laws spoke to the referee after the match and they viewed replays of Crofts injury-time leveller - but still disagreed.
'There was no maybe about it, there was a handball,' said Law. 'There is quite clearly evidence on video. The lad has got his arm stuck right out, it's hit his forearm and yet the referee thinks it has still hit his chest.
'However, are we clutching at straws on that? I don't know. You need a little rub of the green when you are under the cosh a little bit. They got the rub of the green and didn't.'