Crisis, what crisis? That was the question after Stoke. But one game on, we’re back to where we were, unable to muster a proper fight against a promoted team and probably fortunate to be beaten only 2-1. It felt like a wretched, wholesale surrender. Against this unattractive backdrop, Steve Bruce had to come up with something for his post-match e-mail …
We didn’t play well enough. We played well for the first 10 minutes or so, but the night was littered with mistakes.
We surrendered possession too easily and gave the ball back to them too quickly for me.
To go from a really good performance against Stoke to one like that is very disappointing.
We will try and analyse it as quickly as we can. Not enough individuals played well enough on the night.
To win a game in the Barclays Premier League you need seven or eight players to perform to the level required and we didn’t have that.
If we are to improve we must take care of the ball and be better on the ball than we were.
We were hassled and harried by Norwich but we expected that. Norwich are having a good time of it and they’re full of confidence.
They played very well and we needed to perform, but unfortunately we didn’t. We had chances late on and if we’d have got a goal earlier we might have got something.
It was a great strike from Kieran at the end but unfortunately it was too late.
All the best,