Graham Dorrans adamant Norwich City’s squad is hurting as badly as the fans

Graham Dorrans knows Norwich City short-changed their fans at Barnsley. Picture by Paul Chesterton/F

Graham Dorrans knows Norwich City short-changed their fans at Barnsley. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Graham Dorrans knows the pain Norwich City fans are feeling.

The boyhood Rangers' fan spent his youth watching the likes of Paul Gascoigne at Ibrox and knows how desperate the Canaries' faithful is to see Alex Neil's squad pull out of a Championship tailspin.

City host Aston Villa at Carrow Road on Tuesday night looking to pick up only a second win in nine league games after a 2-1 weekend defeat at Barnsley.

'I am a football fan. I grew up watching football on the terraces, I am still a football fan,' said Dorrans. 'I can understand when results are not going the way you want them to the supporters will be frustrated. That is football. I just ask they stick behind us, and they have been with us during this tough period. Hopefully we can come through that and pick up the points we need. At half-time (against Barnsley) they weren't happy but after the game they could see we competed better.

'As players we are all men. We talk these things through, we have heated discussions at times. It is not only the fans who are hurting, it is the boys in the changing room. We know it is not acceptable where we are in the league. We all want to stick together, players, fans, coaches, to get out of this position.'

Neil is firmly in the firing line but his fellow Scot insists he can lead the fightback.

'I would back him 100pc. We have a good enough squad, irrespective who plays, to go out and win games,' said Dorrans. 'The manager got us up a couple of years ago. The start we made this time was good, we had a winning feeling but for one reason or another it has not gone well of late. It is not about playing just for him. We are playing for everyone. It is about putting points on the board.'

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