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Ben Godfrey: It's important not to dwell on FA Cup exit

5 January 2019

Ben Godfrey believes it's important he and his Norwich City teammates swiftly turn their attention to Sky Bet Championship matters, following their FA Cup third round exit at the hands of Portsmouth.

Andre Green's stoppage-time strike meant City would not make it through to round four but Godfrey was keen to look forward, with a host of important league fixtures coming up.

Speaking to post-match, Godfrey said: "We're a competitive bunch of lads so any loss hurts and we always play to win a game.

"It's disappointing but looking for us, we've got other things to look forward to, like the league, so it's going to hurt this weekend but you can't dwell on it.

"We'll go home, recover and be ready for next week."

City were forced to play the majority of the match with ten men after skipper Grant Hanley was sent for an early bath after a foul on Ronan Curtis in the 15th minute.

But Godfrey was impressed with how his teammates adapted to the setback.

"You look at the sending off - whether it was a sending off or not, I don't want to say too much - but we showed that we can play with ten men," he added.

"At times, they couldn't get near us. We played some good football and worked hard. Every single one of us left it all out there and unfortunately we got caught out on the counter attack late on. It's a shame but we can hold our heads high.

"We weren't playing against nobody. They're a good team and to get a man sent off is going to be vital. You are most likely going to get punished."

Boss Daniel Farke chose against bringing on an immediate replacement for Hanley, instead opting to shuffle Ben Marshall from left-wing to left-back and move Godfrey into the middle of the back four.

"We have a wide range of knowledge between us so I'd back any of us to play pretty much anywhere on the pitch. 

"We've got some really good players attacking-wise who can play in the hole or out wide, like Dennis [Srbeny] showed today.

"At the back, we can change from a three to a four and do all sorts. Our versatility and whatever formation we play, we always seem to do well and create chances."

Godfrey has enjoyed a consistent spell in the City starting eleven during recent months, having found chances limited over the early part of the campaign.

"It wasn't very nice at the start [of the season]. I'm a lad who wants to play football and learn so it was hard at the start.

"But I was watching the boys do really well at the same time. I was really happy for them. We were always on the bench getting behind the lads.

"When my chance came, I just had to make sure I grabbed it with both hands. I'm quite happy with what I've done and I'm just learning. The boys are helping me and I'm looking forward to many more games for Norwich."

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