‘We practically gave them the three points’ – Canaries skipper Pinto blasts implosion against QPR
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QPR were allowed to snatch back three points from Norwich City far too easily, Canaries captain Ivo Pinto has admitted.
Rangers bounced back from 1-0 down within 60 seconds of Josh Murphy forcing an own goal in the 38th minute at Loftus Road and then romped clear to a 4-1 win.
The implosion leaves Daniel Farke's team with just one win from their last 10 Championship games and with their season meandering to an end amid an increasingly negative atmosphere.
'We cannot be as good as we were in the first half until we score the first goal and then throw it away like we did so easily,' Pinto blasted.
'We practically gave them the game and the three points when we wanted so much to give the three points to our supporters – who once again were amazing and didn't deserve this.
'So we need to discuss this because if we want to achieve better and higher goals we cannot be like this, we have to be better, more focused in what we want from the game and for the club.'
The Portuguese right-back is always keen to rally the troops on social media and made his best attempt in the aftermath of the Easter Monday humiliation.
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'We carry a heavy shirt on our body' he said. 'It carries the symbol of our city and of our county, and for all these people who travel week after week who are always with us, when you wear this shirt you have to give 100 per cent or even more. It does not matter if you are not going up or going down, every game you go into you need to make the most of it.
'You can win the game and give better results for the club and for those supporters so it is what it is, if we want a better end to the season we need to change things.'
How did QPR cut through the Canaries so easily though?
'We were just not good enough today, it was a very bad day for the team,' Pinto answered. 'We started the game with lots of possession, we scored first, which has not been easy this season.
'Then afterwards within two minutes we concede another goal and then to start the second half and concede another goal to QPR was not good enough. They were poor goals, silly goals.'