Ben Godfrey felt Norwich City were in the game until the end in their defeat to Chelsea, the defender saying they wanted to show they were still going to put up a fight for points.
The Canaries held on well for the first 45 minutes, before a late added time header from Olivier Giroud proved to be enough to seal a win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
“I think we’re all disappointed and a bit deflated after Saturday’s result,” Godfrey said. “It was a disappointing day, but tonight we stayed in the game and showed fight and passion.
“I thought it definitely a performance we can build on and obviously we’ve got another tough test this weekend, it’ll be nice to pick up some points and build the confidence where we can.
“It was important to show a reaction, not just for ourselves but for everyone associated with the club. I think it was important that we showed that we weren’t just going to roll over or fall on our back, we were going to put up a fight and make it difficult for whoever we played.
“It always hurts to lose and we’re competitive people, so regardless if relegation confirmed or not, we want to go on that pitch and win every single game we can.
“We’d never go on that pitch and accept a loss, it hurts. It’s a shame we’ve lost the game tonight, but we’re looking forward to Saturday.”
Speaking on the team’s reaction to City’s unfortunate relegation being confirmed last week, Godfrey says the team are doing well to stick together through it, despite the challenges relegation brings.
“We’re human beings, it’s going to hurt getting relegated and losing games, but I think it’s a credit to the boys to have their personalities and the characters we’ve got in the dressing room.
“We’ve done really well to stick together because at times in football it can be a really poisonous place to be when teams are losing games. I think we’ve got really well-grounded people in there, honest lads as well.
“The feeling on the training ground is not a problem, but it’s natural in sport when you lose games to lose confidence and it’s important to get that back soon.
“All we can do is build that confidence, that morale around the camp and get the winning feeling back in the dressing room again ready for next season, where we’ve got to be ready from the get-go.”