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12 December 2016

Midfielder says Canaries must respond against Aston Villa

NORWICH City's players have a responsibility to improve their performances and results ahead of their latest Sky Bet Championship fixture against Aston Villa on Tuesday evening at Carrow Road (7:45pm).

That's according to midfielder Graham Dorrans, who refused to shy away from the fact that recent weeks have been far from good enough for a team targeting promotion back to the Premier League.

Six defeats in seven league outings have significantly stalled City's progress towards fulfilling that ambition, and, speaking to the media on Monday, Dorrans said: "We've had a chat and are raring to go.

"I can understand the fans being frustrated with results not going how we want them to go. They've stuck with us during a tough period and hopefully we're able to come through it.

"It's not just them who are unhappy. The boys are unhappy as well. We know where we are in the league and it's not acceptable. It's not good enough.

"We've got a good enough squad, whoever plays, to go out and win games. We all want to stick together to get out of the position we're currently in." 

The Canaries' latest disappointment, a 2-1 reversal at Barnsley on Saturday, personified their current predicament as a lacklustre first 45 minutes bore the ultimate cost despite a spirited second half display.

Dorrans says competing for the entirety of matches is the minimum requirement, and added: "It wasn't good enough and the first half performance was unacceptable.

"We had a chat at half-time and things improved but it was too late after the start we had. With the Brentford game, we played well and I thought we'd turned a corner after having a dip.

"Pretty much that team then started again, having done so well. We've got a quality squad and no matter who goes out onto the pitch we should have enough to compete, first and foremost.

"We're good enough to go and win games. Against Aston Villa, we need to start the game how we played in the second half at Barnsley."

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