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Patrick Roberts: We weren't ruthless enough

28 August 2019

Patrick Roberts said Norwich City were punished for their missed chances as they were beaten 1-0 by Crawley Town in the Carabao Cup.

City hit the woodwork twice and were thwarted on numerous occasions by the persistent Crawley backline, ensuring Bez Lubala’s first-half strike proved the decisive blow.

Speaking to post-match, Roberts said: “These are always tough places to come especially in the early rounds of the Cup. We knew they would be up for it and they’d want to put on a show.

“I think we controlled most of the game but, as football goes, if you don’t score you don’t win.

“They got a bit lucky with their goal but a goal’s a goal. It wasn’t good enough in the final third and it’s something we can look at.

“We’ve taken a bit of momentum over the first three games and there were a few changes tonight but everyone knew what the gameplan was.

“We did put in a good performance but if you don’t put your chances away, you get punished. That’s what what happened tonight.

“We have a really important game at the weekend. We have to look forward to that now, obviously review this game a little bit and look at what we need to improve.

“We need to take that into Saturday and go again, that’s all we need to do.”

Roberts played the full 90 minutes in West Sussex and he hopes the game will prove a springboard to more action in the coming months.

“I’ve been waiting for my opportunity in training ever week. I’ve been working hard and helping the lads and trying to put a shift in myself.

“When the opportunity comes up, you want to put on a show and put in a performance for Norwich because that’s the reason we are all here.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t help us get the win tonight but it was good to get 90 minutes and hopefully I can now get some more minutes.”

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