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22 October 2016

Stopper reflects on home defeat

MICHAEL McGovern pointed to a momentary lapse in concentration as the deciding factor in Norwich City's 1-0 loss to Preston North End at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Preston defender Alex Baptiste met a Daniel Johnson free-kick 15 minutes from time to head home the only goal of the game, consigning the Canaries to their first home defeat of the campaign.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, McGovern said: "We knew they were going to be dangerous on set-pieces and for whatever reason we switched off.

"It's bitterly disappointing as we deserved something from the game. It was a good header but first and foremost if we match the runner we stop the goal.

"We'll analyse it and see where it went wrong. It's important to do that so you can see where to do things better to improve for our next game.

"That's what we'll be doing tomorrow. We need to get back to basics in terms of keeping clean sheets."

The City goalkeeper, who produced a pair of fine saves during the first half, called on his team to raise their level with the season now almost a third of the way through.

"We can play a lot better than we have in the last two games," the 32-year-old added.

"We've got improvements to make. If we make those improvements then I'm confident we'll have a good season.

"Sometimes it's just not your day, albeit through our bad play or mistakes. We're one point off automatic promotion.

"The whole team needs to knuckle down. When we do that we'll have a very good chance."

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