Alexander Tettey says the Norwich City squad heard the fans loud and clear at Old Trafford in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat.
Despite the scoreline, the City faithful could be heard backing the lads right up until and beyond the final whistle, and Tettey hopes they can do the same again at Carrow Road next week.
“Thank-you, we heard all of you from the first minute to the end,” he said. “It’s a massive game on Saturday and we will need every one of you in every second of the game to help us get three points. Let’s hear the support we know you have. Come in numbers and help us get the three points.”
Commenting on the game itself, Tettey discussed the moment on the brink of half-time when City came agonisingly close to equalising, Todd Cantwell’s strike expertly saved by David De Gea.
“Todd hit the target and De Gea is a good ‘keeper, but if you score that it’s 1-1 and everything changes. We’d have got more self-belief and their heads would be down but that didn’t happen. That’s football, sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t.
“We started the game trying to push on and be close to them and trying to press the ball. We did that at certain times before they scored the first goal. We managed to get a big chance before the break, but it was difficult to get close to them. We tried, but we were a bit late with our pressing or they were exhausting us, so we weren’t recovering that much.
“When we won the ball, there were no options because we were tired, and they could recover the ball. We do those things to teams, but they did it to us, so it was tough. We’re very disappointed to go 1-0 down early. We were positive and wanted to do better in the second half, so it was disappointing to let in more goals in the second half.”
Finally, Tettey touched on the topic of Adam Idah’s first Premier League start, after the 18-year old did not look out of place in the absence of top goal scorer Teemu Pukki.
“Adam did brilliant for us, to play his second game against two good central defenders at Old Trafford isn’t easy. He has a very bright future at this club.”