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Ivo Pinto frustrated by City defeat

4 November 2017

Ivo Pinto says every player needs to take responsibility to bounce back from a third successive defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers.

Two strikes in five first-half minutes punished Norwich after missing good chances to take the lead, and Pinto is under no illusion that the team need to start finding the back of the net.

“The first 25 minutes, we were brilliant,” Pinto told the press post-match. “And to concede two goals like we did shouldn’t happen. You can’t concede these sort of goals, especially after you haven’t scored. I thought we were the better team but we just couldn’t score.

“Every single player on the pitch needs to take responsibility, both defending and trying to score. Last season we were scoring so many goals but conceding too many, and now we are defending better but we have to start scoring again. When you create two or three good chances to score early on you have to take them.”

The lack of goals has put extra pressure on City to keep clean sheets, with Norwich struggling to bounce back from going behind this season.

“It puts pressure on the team when you’re not scoring,” says Pinto. “But we try to score and defend with all of the players. There’s a lot of pressure when you’re not scoring, because if you concede one goal it can feel hard to get back into the game.”

Despite a poor week for City, Pinto says the Canaries are determined to put it behind them and work hard on the training pitch during the international break.

“We’re not happy. It’s hard when the results aren’t coming. But we have to take on what happened after Millwall. We came back from that and had a fantastic run and we can do that again. In this league things can go wrong quickly but it also means it can go right quickly too. We just need to work harder.”

Pinto played the match in a protective mask after breaking his nose in the midweek match against Wolves, but he is determined not to let it get in the way of playing.

“I can play, and the mask protects me,” Pinto said. “I need surgery next week and I’ll need a new mask to keep me going. I want to play as many games as I can. I missed games last season and I was sad, so I don’t want to miss any this season as I want to help the team as much as I can.”

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