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Alex Tettey: We need to keep pushing

7 July 2020

Alex Tettey says Norwich City need to keep playing with as much determination as they can muster up, as they enter the final five games of the season against Watford on Tuesday (6pm KO).

As they visit Vicarage Road, the Canaries sit seven points adrift of safety in the Premier League.

With very little time anticipated to be between the end of this season and the start of the next, Tettey believes that wins are necessary for going into the next campaign with as much confidence as possible, regardless of position in the league.

“Regardless of how it will finish we need to try and get some wins; you never know whether you win games enough or not," he said.

“We just have to take it into the next season, because if you don’t win games from now and go into the next season, the confidence will be so low it’ll take time to get it back. If we keep winning games and start next season, the confidence will be sky-high.

“It was a challenge before, but now it feels like an even bigger challenge. Miracles happen in football, so you can always achieve it if you keep going and things go your way.

“You can always achieve something, it’s still possible, it’s just harder than it was three or four games ago.”

After losing out on any points in a 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday, Tettey said the last five games are going to be a huge mental challenge for the team.

“It’ll take a lot psychologically for the rest of the five games, if you don’t win your head is down, for example myself, I felt mentally broken after the Brighton game.

“It’s tough, because when you put in a lot of effort into preparation and getting ourselves in the right frame to play these games, which are very hard because it’s not like we’re mid-table, it’s a huge game.

“You feel like you can’t make a mistake, you need to play a perfect game for 90 minutes. It is tough but we need to keep pushing, one win here will get the confidence up again and the team will start being the team we want to be.”

Looking ahead to Watford, the City midfielder says this game will be a huge decider in how the remainder of the season plays out, with every point crucial to both teams.

“I think even in the beginning they were in a much worse position than we were, then they managed to pick it up and we were going back and forth. It’s a team of very good players, strong characters with experience.

“I feel like if we’re on our best we can beat that team. It’ll decide a lot, if we manage to win and put ourselves back in it, or if they win and they move away from relegation. It’s going to be a very important game.”

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Match Reports

City suffer 2-1 defeat by Watford

7 July 2020

Norwich City were beaten 2-1 by Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday, the winner a Danny Welbeck overhead kick.

Daniel Farke made three changes to the side that saw Brighton take all three points last Saturday, with Marco Stiepermann, Mario Vrancic and Teemu Pukki all coming back into the starting lineup.

The game started off positively for the Canaries, so positively in fact that there was call for celebration just three minutes in. Onel Hernandez cut in from the left, switching play to Emi Buendia on the right, the Argentine shifting the ball to his left and curling his effort into the far corner.

However, this lead didn’t last as long as many City fans would like. A free-kick on the edge of the City box saw a nice delivery into the mixer, straight for Craig Dawson to head home for the Hornets to level.

From that point, both teams settled in quite a bit more, making it harder to figure each other out. The best chance since the Canaries’ goal was shunted by Will Hughes, who pulled Stiepermann back heavily to prevent a counter-attack, just as Hernandez was making the run.

Constant crosses from Watford tested City’s aerial defending and Krul’s grip, specifically from Ismaila Sarr as the outlet. It came to nothing for the Hornets though, with the Canaries defence holding up nicely.

City’s last chance of the first half came in the 36th minute, when some nice tight-knit passing play set Teemu Pukki up on the edge of the box, his shot just wide of the post.

The second-half started off well for the Canaries, the first chance coming their way in the 53rd minute. A cross from Jamal Lewis was met by the shot of Hernandez, it deflecting off Dawson. It then fell to Aarons, who brought it back into the box before shooting, his effort painfully saved.

Just minutes later, Watford struck. A pacey counter-attack from Sarr was blocked, flying in the air. It fell to Danny Welbeck, who pulled a well-timed overhead kick out of his locker, giving the hosts the lead.

It was the hosts who saw sight of goal next after this goal, Tom Cleverley striking a half-volley at Krul, forcing a save from the Dutchman.

City’s second real chance of the half came in the 77th minute, as a result of a Buendia free-kick. Mario Vrancic caught the header with blistering pace, but it was just wide of the post, the hosts maintaining their lead.

Then, an 84th minute cross from Lewis made it's way into the box, taking a nod from Drmic into the centre of the box, barely missing Adam Idah's boots as his first potential shot of the game.

From there, the visitor's held out until the final whistle, seeing the Hornets secure all three points by the end of the evening.

Watford: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Dawson, Masina, Capoue (Chalobah, 86), Hughes (Cleverley, 58), Sarr, Doucoure, Welbeck, Deeney (c)
Subs not used: Gomes, Mariappa, Cathcart, Pedro, Gray, Pussetto, Pereyra
Goals: Dawson (10), Welbeck (56)
Bookings: Hughes (23), Cleverley (90+4)

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Klose, Lewis, Tettey (c) (McLean, 53) , Vrancic, Buendia, Stiepermann (Idah, 75), Hernandez (Drmic, 82), Pukki (Martin, 82)
Subs not used: Rupp, Trybull, Duda, McGovern, Thomas
Goals: Buendia (4)
Lewis (9), Tettey (12), Godfrey (87), Buendia (90+3)

HT: 1-1
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