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31 October 2015

Canaries edged out by league leaders

CAMERON Jerome believes Norwich City were unfortunate not to come away from The Etihad Stadium with something to show, after being narrowly beaten 2-1 by Manchester City on Saturday.

A resilient display kept the hosts at bay for most of the contest, before Nicolas Otamendi's second half header gave Manuel Pellegrini's side the lead.

Jerome levelled with seven minutes remaining, only for a late defensive mix-up to result in Russell Martin being dismissed for handball ahead of Yaya Toure stroking home the winning goal from the penalty-spot.

Reflecting on the Barclays Premier League defeat, Jerome told Norwich City TV: "We had a game-plan, which we stuck to, and we executed it almost perfectly.

"The manager decided to go with a different shape having watched clips of them. We nullified Manchester City well and our performance probably deserved more.

"It's the same theme for us, where we're coming off the pitch disappointed we've not got anything from it. We were so close to getting a result, but so far.

"My goal means nothing when we don't get anything from the game."

Despite the nature of the home side's late winner, Jerome refused to apportion blame, and added: "Everyone makes mistakes; these things happen in football because we're all human.

"It's just unfortunate that it's cost us a point. I'd just been substituted so didn't see what happened, but we can't be too critical.

"John has been magnificent for us, and you saw England's number one make an error at the other end. We've just got to move on now, and take the positives from this game.

"There's nothing else we can say so it's about how we react to this disappointment. We're well aware of how big our game is against Swansea next week, which is what our focus is now on."

"We know how difficult this league is and we've got to stick to our beliefs."

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