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26 December 2016

Canaries beaten at Madejski Stadium

IVO Pinto says Norwich City's players will continue fighting to arrest their Sky Bet Championship slump following a 3-1 defeat at Reading on Boxing Day.

Having gone into the break behind, the Canaries hauled themselves level on the hour-mark before Jonny Howson's dismissal for a handball turned the contest in The Royals' favour. 

Garath McCleary converted the rebound from Yann Kermorgant's missed penalty to put Reading back in front, with Callum Harriott adding a third late on to confirm defeat for Alex Neil's side.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, Pinto said: "The lads tried hard today and we played well.

"We lost the game because of set-plays. It's about our mistakes, not about how we played or whether they were better than us or not.

"We have to be in our positions. It's never easy when you're not winning; it makes everything harder and we have to work to improve so we find a way out of this.

"That's what we want as a team. We need to look at ourselves to make things better."

The full-back insists a collective desire for improvement remains, and added: "The players want to do better and want to win games.

"Speaking for myself, I want to win every game if it's possible. We are in a bad phase and nobody wants to win more than the players.

"We are fighting for our families at home, for the supporters, and are doing our best. It's not been enough, for sure, but don't mistake that as us not trying.

"We have to try harder, which we will. I understand the supporters, who have been amazing, because they deserve better.

"As a player, you want to give supporters what they deserve. We aren't doing that, although we are trying to."

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