Tim Krul says Norwich City are disappointed after their loss to Everton, despite putting in their best efforts on Wednesday night.
The Canaries were holding up well in their second game back of the Premier League restart, but a headed goal from Michael Keane on 55 minutes proved enough to see them out of the game.
Krul spoke to canaries.co.uk post-match, saying: “I think we played really well, it’s just such a shame that we conceded a corner like that.
“I don’t think we were the lesser team today, I think we did enough to get a result, so it’s even more disappointing that we didn’t do it tonight.
“I don’t think we were down to lose at all today. Obviously on Friday the second-half was a really bad one, but today I think we stuck in it for the 90 minutes, just goals change games unfortunately.
“They got a couple of corners and they capitalised on it. We haven’t showed that quality with set-pieces today because I think we got enough decisions to get something out of that.
“I think that’s been the story of the season, it’s hard to take because we’re so close, if you look at the table one win gets us right back in it, that’s why it’s even more disappointing. We were right up for it today and it’s such a painful defeat because 1-0 is hard to take.”
Asked about the absence of fans, Krul said it was ‘horrible’ without them and the team need to give them something to be proud of in this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United.
“It’s horrible without fans, it feels like a pre-season. I think the commitment we showed today, we really put in full effort today and we need to find it within ourselves. Saturday is a massive massive game for the history of the club and for the fans.
“We need to give the fans something to cheer about, because we haven’t given them anything yet. I think that’s what I’m more disappointed about, because we need to give ourselves something to cheer about as well. We’re putting the effort in but there’s no result off the back of it.”
Speaking on the remaining seven fixtures and the chances of relegation escape, Krul said that the team must stick together.
“Tonight is a big suckerpunch, we all hoped to get some points out of the last two, but we’ll have to do it the hard way.
“We’re always doing it the hard way in this club, so why not again? We’ll have to stick together. The performance was there, just they showed that final bit of quality today.
“It’s been a horrible time for everybody for the last 12-14 weeks, I think the fans will be cheering us on and hoping for the unbelievable result against Man United.
“It’ll be hard, because they’re a top team but we’ve got something to prove, we need a reaction again. I think we showed a bit of a reaction tonight, but I think we need to go on another level on Saturday.”