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14 April 2017

City beaten by ten man Fulham at Carrow Road

ALAN Irvine admitted his Norwich City side were second best after going down 3-1 to Fulham on Good Friday.

The Canaries - who thrashed Reading 7-1 last Saturday - got off to a bad start when Stefan Johansen fired home after just five minutes, but Chris Martin's straight red card late in the first half gave them a man advantage.

Tom Cairney doubled the Cottagers' lead from the penalty spot quickly after half-time, however, with Floyd Ayite securing the three points after Cameron Jerome had pulled one back for the hosts.

Irvine told Norwich City TV afterwards: "Obviously we were hoping to build on that great performance last week, but we didn't reach those levels today.

"There were a few individuals who didn't play at the same level for a start. When we got into the final third, our final decision wasn't right.

"It was down to the quality that we had in that final third and as the game went on, in our defensive third as well."

Irvine lamented the concession of the penalty just two minutes into the second half when Ryan Bennett was adjudged to have fouled Tomas Kalas.

He added: "In the second half, that was a really bad start and it took us a long time to get going after that.

"Having got ourselves on the front foot and then in the game and looking as if we might get another goal, we go and shoot ourselves in the foot.

"2-1 became 3-1 at the point where we thought we might get another goal in the game."

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