Norwich City’s Carlo Nash gets buzz out of Portland Timbers friendly

Action from Norwich City's 1-0 defeat at Portland Timbers. Picture: Jaime Valdez

Action from Norwich City's 1-0 defeat at Portland Timbers. Picture: Jaime Valdez - Credit: Jaime Valdez

Carlo Nash had more reason than most to remember his Norwich City debut in the USA tour-ending 1-0 defeat to Portland.

The Timbers' trademark live chainsaw demonstrations pitch-side formed a constant backdrop to the action at the JELD-WEN stadium as a raucous home crowd generated a fevered atmosphere for the Canaries' visit.

Nash played the full 90 minutes for his first outing since a summer Stoke move to provide back-up to John Ruddy and Mark Bunn.

'It's some atmosphere. When you've got a chainsaw going on behind you in the stand it takes a bit of getting used to,' he said. 'You have to wonder what is going on really. Last time I saw anything like that was the Hammer House of Horror.

'With the off season I had not played for a while so it was nice to get back to some sort of fitness and get them 90 minutes under my belt. I was happy with how it went on a personal level. Really for me it is about trying to get to know the lads I am playing with. I thought overall we did well but we got punished for a mistake at the back that has cost us a goal. The lads worked hard and maybe a bit of tiredness crept in. I thought we were magnificent in the first half. We managed to dictate the play a lot.'

Nash admitted City failed to make the most of their dominant opening spell against the MLS title contenders.

'They are flying in the league but we coped with them well,' he said. 'I thought first half we did well, played some good stuff and then the tired legs kicked in second half.

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'When that happens concentration goes a touch and perhaps that is what happened after the break.

'The surface didn't help us that much either because we are not that used to playing on it. They looked a good unit. They are doing well in the league and they were quick and sharp and at it. That is where we are trying to be.'

Nash and the rest of City's squad arrive back in the UK on Friday before Norwich's pre-season planning moves onto Championship club Brighton early next week.

'The reason we came here to the US was to get good tests against MLS opposition who are well into their season,' he said. 'You do not want easy games, and we have been tested here. We'll have a couple of days off now to recover and then we'll be back into it for Brighton.'