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Alexander Tettey: It’s early days, but we’re trying to win every game

28 November 2020

Norwich City midfielder Alexander Tettey won the man of the match award after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Coventry City.

Tettey reflected on the draw calmly, putting the result into perspective despite the frustrations it provided.

“We did everything in our power to win the game,” he said. “Obviously, it was quite annoying to concede that late. We could have avoided that goal, to be honest.

“In the first half, it was okay and we got the goal, but the second half was a bit tighter and big chances weren’t there, but we managed the game very well.

“It’s just very annoying that we conceded that late.”

Marco Stiepermann was played up front in the absence of Teemu Pukki, while Przemyslaw Placheta looked dangerous with his pace on the left wing.

“I think they did well,” Tettey said. “Stiepi is not a striker but, with the current situation of people injured, you know you’ll be asked to play an unusual position. Everyone gave it 100 percent, so it’s just annoying that we didn’t get it over the line.”

The injury situation City currently find themselves in highlights the importance of pre-season, when the squad was fully utilised and Daniel Farke was able to see all of his players in action.

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“The manager has played everyone until now, even the goalkeepers,” Tettey said. “You see the importance of having a squad; it’s not just 11 or 14 players that play every time. You need to have a squad because of situations like now with the injuries.

“Those who step in and get a chance need to use it.

“We’ll get some players back - hopefully some are closer than others - but we’ll look to keep picking up points game after game. It’s early days, but we’re trying to win every game.”

One player who has started every game is Oliver Skipp, who has impressed Tettey with professional performances beyond his years.

“He’s a machine,” he said. “He’s a top, top player. To be 20-years-old and have that maturity in his game is very impressive. He should keep going. He’s playing every game, getting stronger and learning every game, so I’ve been impressed.”

As for Tettey himself, the midfielder is in good shape, despite family demands!

“I feel okay,” he said. “We’ll see, playing two games very close to each other, I’ll probably have to try to recover and not let my kids drive me too crazy and drain me after training! Hopefully, then I’ll get more energy, but I feel okay.”

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