Midfielder speaks to the press ahead of Wigan tripALEX Tettey insists Norwich City’s confidence hasn’t been damaged in recent weeks.
The Canaries visit Wigan Athletic this weekend targeting a result to inject some momentum back into their Sky Bet Championship promotion bid.
Even though they have tasted victory only once in their last ten games, Tettey believes their general level of performance reflects his assertion that belief is still high.
“I don’t want to say that we are not playing with confidence, things are just not coming as easily as they did in the early season,” the midfielder told the press at Colney on Thursday.
“If our confidence was that low we’d be sitting back and defending and we’d be afraid of having the ball, but that’s not the case at all.
“We are out there, wanting to play, wanting to get the goals and wanting to get the wins.”
Tettey is keen for the team to avoid a ‘win at all costs’ mentality in pursuit of their ambitions, however, outlining that a more considered approach will ultimately yield better results.
“For us as players, we are thinking of doing the right things on the pitch: playing a good, full performance of 90 minutes, and then with the quality we have we are going to win games,” he added.
“We don’t need to go onto the pitch with everyone saying ‘we need to win, we must win’. Then you’d just be thinking of what you have to do to win, not what you have to do for the whole 90 minutes.
“For us it’s about going to Wigan and putting in a very good performance from the beginning to the end, and the result will be the result.”
City have been punished often after individual mistakes in matches but Tettey says there has no finger-pointing in the dressing room.
“If someone has made a mistake they will be noble enough to say sorry to the guys, but normally you don’t have to because we are a team and if someone makes a mistake we don’t go at that person,” he explained.
“We are a team and accept that someone might make a mistake. We just have to say to that guy ‘ok, you made a mistake but just carry on’.”
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