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STEVEN WHITTAKER: FIRST GOAL CHANGED THE GAME

1 April 2017

Defender reflects on Villa Park loss

STEVEN Whittaker believes Norwich City's 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday turned on the home side's first goal.

An even opening to the first half saw chances fall the way of both teams, before Villa countered in the 25th minute to go in front through Jonathan Kodjia.

Kodjia netted his second in the closing stages to complete the scoring after Ivo Pinto had been sent off for the Canaries, and Whittaker told canaries.co.uk: "It's very disappointing as we felt like we played well in the match.

"We came here with a gameplan to move the ball well and we did that. It's goals that change games and we couldn't get that breakthrough goal that would have put us in control.

"There were more positives than negatives. You want the result to go with the performance though, and it just wasn't quite there today."

Offering his thoughts on the season as a whole, and the seven remaining league games, Whittaker added: "We know we've underachieved this year and shouldn't be where we are.

"The results have't been there. We'll continue to work hard on the training field and try to sort that out.

"We'll try to get as many wins as we can between now and the end of the season. There are still opportunities to get points and we'll keep going until it's mathematically impossible."



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