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Moritz Leitner: We will fight for the supporters

21 September 2019

Moritz Leitner has spoken about his admiration for the Norwich City supporters, who stayed behind the team despite a 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.

"The support in every game since I’ve been here has been amazing," he said. "We are really thankful, each and every player, even after a game like that they stayed behind us and tried to keep going. That’s amazing and it’s something special we have at this club. We will fight for them and I can only say thank you for the support in every minute of every game."

Leitner made a comeback from injury to feature at Turf Moor, replacing Alexander Tettey on the 12th minute, who had himself picked up a knock.

"As a player, you always want to come back after injury but it’s not the most important thing," he said. "The most important thing is the club, and today we had a bad day. We have to show a reaction."

Commenting on the game itself, Leitner acknowledged that a slow start was to blame for the defeat.

"We knew exactly how Burnley would play. They had one plan which was to kick it high and be prepared for the fight. To be honest, in the first 15 minutes they were better than us and did well, so they deserved the lead.

"Teemu had a big chance and I had a shot on target. With a bit more luck, maybe we would have scored and been back in the game. We found some solutions in terms of creating chances, but now we have to analyse the game and keep going.

"It was the perfect start for Burnley. For us it was more of a shock to concede two goals very early in the game. That’s always tough but we showed a good reaction and wanted to keep playing and to come back into the game. We made some mistakes, but we tried everything, and we will fight for the next game.

"You can take something positive from every game, but the dressing room was disappointed. We will analyse the game, talk about it and find solutions for the next game."


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