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Oliver Skipp: We can’t be too down on ourselves

26 December 2020

Norwich City will have two full days to analyse Saturday’s defeat to Watford and prepare for Tuesday’s visit of QPR, with Oliver Skipp relishing the quick turnaround.

“We can’t be too down on ourselves,” he said. “We’d have loved to put a big gap between us and one of our rivals today but it was a difficult game and they’ve got a new manager. We’ll learn from that and be ready to put it right on Tuesday.

“We dominated most of the game possession wise, but at times, whether it was the final pass or switching up a couple of times on the counter attack against a team that was looking for this, we needed to be more switched on. We’ll learn from this, analyse it and look to put it right.

“It’s a quick turnaround again so we’ll be looking to put it right in the next game against QPR.

“A couple of times maybe we took the extra touch when we didn’t need to, but I think all of the players, not just the attackers but also the defenders were maybe not moving the ball as quick as we could have at times.

“It’s one of those days where it didn’t quite click in the final third and then to concede on the counter was sloppy from us.

“We wouldn’t be in the position that we’re in without the character in the group. It’s hard to say that at the moment, but we’ll be ready to put that back and be right for the next game.

“It’s important not to get too down. We’re disappointed today and would have liked to put a Christmas smile on peoples faces but we weren’t able to do that today and I think we’ll analyse it and see there’s definitely room for improvement.

“It’s nice to get some bodies back and gives competition for the group. It means that if you’re not right in training there are people waiting to take your place, so it’s a massive positive and hopefully moving forward there will be more people returning, meaning we have to fight for our places.

“It helps that we haven’t got too long to go over the performance. We need to look at what we needed to do better in that game and we’ll do that tomorrow. It’s good as a player because we won’t dwell on it too long and can put it right on Tuesday.”

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