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Mario Vrancic: We need to improve to get good results

8 December 2019

Norwich City midfielder Mario Vrancic says he and his teammates will do all they can next week to address their problems ahead of the game at Leicester City on Saturday.

“We’re going to analyse that game and prepare ourselves for Leicester,” Vrancic said, speaking to after Sunday’s defeat to Sheffield United. “There’s no point in giving up or surrendering. We need to improve certain things to get back the good results.”

Talking through the Sheffield United defeat, Vrancic was disappointed that City were unable to prevent the visitors from scoring the type of goal they knew they would go for.

“We are very disappointed,” he added. “We had a great first half and went in the lead. We had a poor first 15 minutes in the second half. Unfortunately, that cost us the game.

“Sheffield United did the same in the second half as they did in the first half, but in the first half we were aware and sharp enough to clear the crosses. The first goal came from a throw-in, and we had analysed before the game that they’d put a lot of crosses in from those. In the second half, we weren’t able to clear them and it’s as simple as that.

“I was very surprised to see Chris Basham’s red card change to a yellow card. It’s not up to me to have a comment, but I was very surprised that he came back on the pitch.”

On the plus side, the game represented a chance for Mario to get back into the starting line-up following a spell on the side-lines, and for Alexander Tettey to get his first goal of the season.

“Alex’s goal meant a lot to him and for us to go in the lead. I’m very happy for him that he could score his first Premier League goal of this season.

“It’s always great to get a chance and be able to start the game. I was very happy. Obviously, I enjoyed it, but I wish we could have had a better result.”

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