Following Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey re-iterated that the young side are learning more from every game.
He was keen to send a message to the 2,344 City fans who travelled to Wolverhampton first, however.
“First of all, I’d like to apologise to the away fans who came to watch us today because after the 20th minute they didn’t deserve the way we performed,” he said. “As a senior member of the squad, I just want to say we really apologise for our performance.
“We didn’t do what we came here to do. We didn’t help each other on the pitch. In the first 15 minutes, Wolves didn’t have anything, and we were having shots on their goal, but after that I don’t know what happened. We put each other in trouble and were losing the second balls.
“Goals change games and when 1-0 quickly becomes 2-0 it makes you feel like you have a mountain to climb. We tried to get going but it wasn’t enough today.”
Converting chances has been more of an issue than the creation of them for City throughout 2019-20 campaign, something Tettey puts down to the youth of the side.
“It’s a bit like the story of our season,” he said. “There haven’t been many games when teams have out played us, but today – they are a very experienced and clever side – they got chances and they put them away. They could sit back and be confident while we were stressed and had to create things quicker, playing ourselves into trouble.
“We’re a young side and are learning every game, but there are a lot of things we need to pick up quickly.
“We’ve been talking about being effective. If we bury one chance today, it’s a different game. Today was not enough for our standard or the way we want to play football. Sometimes, if all these things aren’t there you have to fight and get stuck in, and we missed that desire. That needs to come back.”
Friday night represents the first chance for it to come back, as Norwich host Leicester City under the lights at Carrow Road.
“Our intentions are always to go out on the pitch and do our best,” Tettey added. “Sometimes, you need to do more than your best. Friday is a big game at home. Norwich fans have always stuck with us regardless, but we need to show them some desire and fighting spirit, while playing football on top of that.”