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James Husband: We’ll learn from defeat

26 August 2017

James Husband says City need to learn quickly from the chastening 4-0 defeat against Millwall at The Den.

Norwich went down to four avoidable goals, and Husband was left shell-shocked.

“We have to take responsibility as players, as a group of players,” he said. “A lot of us have played in this league before, but that is something I’ve never seen before. We’ve all got to take responsibility, and to apologise to the fans firstly.

“The way we played was, dare I say it ok, but they were all individual errors and it’s a results business. That was unacceptable.”

While City could have taken the lead and went close to scoring on several occasions, they were undone by some direct football from Millwall. “We have a way of playing, which is all good, but if we can’t stop goals going in then we’re going to really struggle,” Husband says. “It’s difficult to put into words. I’m disgusted in myself, and we all are. We pride ourselves on putting in performances people want to remember, but we’ll never forget that one for the wrong reason.

“We knew exactly what they were going to do. It came as no surprise but we were still not able to stop it. The coaching team can tell us how they want us to play but at the end of the day it’s up to us players to produce something on the field what all those fans should feel proud of. Not one of them today can.”

Norwich don’t play again until September 9 due to the international break, and Husband says it gives City a time to reflect on what went wrong at The Den. “We all believe in the way we want to play, but it’s just doing it,” he said. “If we do it once and we produce a good performance like against QPR then we can’t get carried away with it.

“I’m disappointed. We’ll have to go away, look at ourselves and work out what went wrong. It’s hard to find the words. We’ll try and pick the bones of what happened.”

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