Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul says concentration is the biggest factor for him and the rest of the squad when playing their games behind-closed-doors, especially with no fans in the stadium.
Featuring in our matchday programme, OTBC, Krul thinks that the team need to find it within themselves to keep the ball rolling in the Premier League’s return, with no fans present to spur them on for the rest of the season.
“At the end of the day, we’re professionals, so we need to deliver on the pitch. The concentration side of things is going to be the biggest topic we will have to be focused on.
“When you’re in a full stadium there’s not a second you switch off, that’s the danger of the quality we’re up against, something can happen in any second of the game. It’s not uncommon for someone for to switch off a little bit or think it’s too easy, because sometimes it feels like a training game more than a competitive one.
“We need to build momentum, I think that’s the biggest thing."
Sitting 20th in the restart is a far from ideal way to return to action, but Krul fully credits the fans for their support, saying it’s always 100% no matter what position the team are in.
“We’ve got such a great setup and such a great club in the way it’s run, I’ve never seen a club that have fans who are totally behind what we’re doing on the pitch, even though we’re bottom of the league and not winning every week.
“That’s something to be proud of, because the club is definitely going in the right direction and to be part of that is huge.”
Speaking on the #ApartButTogether campaign raised by the Club, the shot-stopper said the support from home and off the pitch is going to vital in helping the team find the final push they need.
“I think the campaign is a great thing to raise, because everyone you speak to on the streets turns around to say good luck for the games coming up and they’re all behind us.
“To hear that on a daily basis, it’s definitely going to be helping the boys, because we really need to find it from within ourselves.
“I think that’s the message the manager has given us in the last few weeks, normally you’ve got Carrow Road roaring you on for the final 10 minutes, but this has to come from the team now and really show what we’re made of.”
You can read more from Tim and much more in the new issue of OTBC for tomorrow's game against Everton.