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YOUSSOUF MULUMBU: BETTER NEEDED ON TUESDAY

10 December 2016

Midfielder introduced at half-time in Barnsley defeat

NORWICH City must learn their lessons from Oakwell and hit the ground running when they host Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening, according to midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu.

The DR Congo international came off the bench at half-time of Saturday's defeat at Barnsley, with the visitors trailing 2-0 after a disappointing first 45 minutes in Yorkshire.

Mulumbu's introduction helped spark something of a revival, with Nelson Oliveira's strike early in the second period threatening to pull City back into the contest only for the Tykes to eventually close out a 2-1 victory.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, Mulumbu said: "When you concede two goals away from home it makes it hard to come back.

"The team responded well in the second half, which is why it's disappointing. If we'd started that way we'd have won the game and the second half makes you think what could have happened. 

"Tomorrow, we will talk about it then train for the game on Tuesday. The team who starts that game needs to be ready to perform. 

"We worked harder in the second half and that's what we need to do against Villa."

Mulumbu added City's squad as a whole are culpable for the team's recent struggles, and added: "When we don't win it's down to the players, so we won't blame anything else.

"We're not going to hide. In the group, we don't have a lack of talent or a lack of good players.

"It's sometimes about confidence and we will fix it for Tuesday. It's a big game for us and we need to get back to what we did against Brentford.

"We don't have anything to be scared of at home, especially in front of our fans."



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