Back in the starting line-up following a spell on the side-lines, returning captain Grant Hanley felt Norwich City deserved more from their 2-1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
“We’re disappointed with the result because we could have been out of sight in the first half,” he said. “We had some massive chances with Teemu and Kenny going through on goal, but it’s tough to complain because Teemu’s scored more than his fair share.
“It’s a shame because we could have put the game to bed before half-time, but that’s football. We need to learn from our mistakes to be more resilient. We’re a young team but there comes a point when the lads have got to step up, stick together, and be men.
“We’re playing in the Premier League and we know what it takes to get results, but there are some positives to take because in the first-half we were brilliant.”
Asked to explain what he thought caused the defeat, Hanley said it was a mix of nervousness, luck, and the quality of Wolves.
“When chances keep passing by, it starts to cause a bit of nervousness in the stadium,” he said. “When you get a chance, you have to take it. If you don’t defend well enough, this is going to happen.
“There’s a bit of luck involved, but we’ll not use that as an excuse. We’ve got to look at ourselves first of all.
“The game opened up a bit in the second half because we put so much into the first half. Inevitably, we got a bit tired and Wolves have quality on the pitch with some really good players. They took their chances when they came along.”
Despite the result, Hanley played well, replacing the injured Ben Godfrey for City’s last game before Christmas.
“It felt good to be back on the pitch because I’ve been out for a while now,” he added. “Physically, the chance to get back in the side and play properly came quicker than I thought it would, but I’m just happy to get out there.”