Speaking to Norwich’s website after the loss to Leicester, captain Russell Martin has said the defeat hurt and that Norwich deserved more.
Leonardo Ulloa scored in the 89th minute to break Norwich hearts after a resilient display from the away side. The Canaries defended very well throughout the match, up until the Leicester goal when there was a lapse in concentration.
It was heartbreaking for Norwich as it would have been a valuable and well-earned point. It should have been three points really. Cameron Jerome, who has been missing chances all season, was preferred up front to two goalscorers in Dieumerci Mbokani and Patrick Bamford. That decision cost Alex Neil as Jerome missed two sitters in the first half that should easily have hit the back of the net, and would have if presented to any striker of worth.
Jerome’s misses and Norwich’s lapse in concentration meant that Norwich travelled back to Norfolk this evening with nothing to show for their efforts.
This is what Martin said after the match:
It hurts because we’ve done great for 89 minutes only to concede a soft goal.
They’ve had a couple of shots from distance, but other than that they’ve not done much in the game. We’ve been comfortable and in control of things, generally creating the better chances.
We’ve had a sucker-punch right at the end and we need to pick ourselves up. It’s as simple as that, but this hurts as much as anything this season.
We did our jobs until the end, then they score and that’s what counts.
We had good possession and created chances for ourselves. Towards the end we probably felt we could have nicked all three points, so now we have to go again when we play Chelsea.
If we play like we did today in our last 11 games we’ll be fine. We have to take those positives from this, even though it’s frustrating to have lost the match.
We’ve got a massive game on Tuesday against the reigning champions but we’re right up for the fight. We believe in ourselves, and we have to continue that in our next game.