Green gets shirty due to frustration

Robert Green refused to add fuel to his own transfer rumours after a very publicly display of discontent at the weekend. The Canaries goalkeeper threw his jersey into the crowd in the Barclay Stand after being beaten by an injury-time goal which handed all three points to Watford.

By CHRIS LAKEY

Robert Green refused to add fuel to his own transfer rumours after a very publicly display of discontent at the weekend.

The Canaries goalkeeper threw his jersey into the crowd in the Barclay Stand after being beaten by an injury-time goal which handed all three points to Watford.

And that immediately set another train of speculation in motion as his actions were interpreted by many as a goodbye gesture to fans.

The will-he-won't-he transfer saga surrounding Dean Ashton has taken centre stage in recent weeks, but the question of Green's future at Carrow Road has been bubbling under and always threatening to break through.

With the World Cup just months away, his England ambitions may not be fulfilled should he stay in the Championship, with Premier side Portsmouth said to have been more than interested observers.

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However, the 26-year-old said there was a simple answer to his shirt-throwing - and it was nothing to do with leaving Norwich City.

“It's just pure frustration,” he said. “I stand closer to them than anyone in the game.

“Everything that they feel I am feeling as well.

“It's difficult to describe - you want to speak to each of them individually and say, 'we know how you are feeling but we are doing everything we can but it's not good enough', and today wasn't, so it's just pure frustration.”

Green was clearly disappointed with the 90 minutes, responding sharply to the suggestion that City might well wonder just how they'd manage to lose the match having twice been ahead.

“No, not really,” he said. “We didn't play well enough. I thought Watford played well, created better chances and got round the back of us. I am sure if we'd won the game they'd have been pretty disappointed at getting nothing from it.

“You go ahead twice no matter how badly you are playing and you look to hold on to it, particularly at home, but we didn't do that. It's not really any magic formula as to why we have lost, it's purely basis.”

Watford's first two goals involved the same cast of characters, with Marlon King's shot being parried by the City number one only for Darius Henderson to follow up and score - a scene Green was not particularly happy with.

“It's disappointing to let goals in - they followed in, I don't know whether we did as well, and got there first,” he said. “It's a disappointing way to concede, especially the second one with it being a free-kick - it's avoidable, at least.”