Goalscorer Timm Klose says City will learn from the defeat to Derby County and aim to go on another good run.
The 2-1 loss was Norwich’s first league defeat in nine games, with the heavy workload of playing Ipswich on Sunday and 120 minutes against Arsenal on Tuesday perhaps contributing to a tired performance in the final 20 minutes.
However, Klose wasn’t using that as an excuse and instead pointed to Derby County’s experience. “We started well,” he said. “We tried to be on the front foot and go after them. Sometimes experienced teams do what Derby did today – they waited and took their chances. They had three chances and scored twice.
“Sometimes you have to accept that the game won’t always go for you. But we need to get up and learn from it, and it’s up to us to go again on Tuesday.”
A big talking point was the decision to award a corner rather than a penalty in the first-half when Josh Murphy had rounded Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson on the byline. But Klose again refused to use that as an excuse for the narrow defeat.
“We don’t have to discuss bad things like penalties,” he said. “You can talk about it but it’s over – these things happen in a football game. This is part of football, so you have to accept it. We should have scored our chances and not made mistakes.”
Norwich face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night, and remain on level points with 6th-placed Aston Villa.
“It’s important to get up again and to go out on Tuesday and play with the same spirit and passion that we have done recently,” Klose said. “Sometimes a setback can be a good thing.
“We have two very important games coming up starting on Tuesday. I think we can start a new run now. It’s how we react to this defeat – it’s up to us.”