‘Felt flat’ – Norwich City boss aims dig at fans following Aston Villa thrashing
Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has accused the Carrow Road faithful of getting complacent ahead of their 5-1 thrashing by Aston Villa.
The Canaries came into the game with Dean Smith’s side, on the back of a memorable 3-2 win over champions Manchester City.
Webber described the atmosphere that night as one of the best in the world, but felt the stadium was a little flat for the visit of Villa.
Speaking to the club’s official site, Webber said: “It’s probably one of the best I’ve been at anywhere and I’ve been fortunate enough to watch football all around the world.
“From minute one to the 96th minute it was incredible.
“Now, the team won’t always be able to produce that level of performance and the fans won’t be as well. I get that, it’s hard to produce that every single week because you need the emotion of the game to lend itself as well, but we do need that support and I felt against Villa from the start that it was quite flat, not through lack of effort from the guys doing great work, but it just felt flat walking to the stadium.
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“We can’t get complacent about that because one of our major advantages, especially playing at home as we showed against Newcastle and Chelsea, is that it’s a difficult place to play. But I thought it was an easy place to play on Saturday, one because of the level of performance, absolutely, but also because of the fans.”
He did admit that injuries played a part in the heavy defeat, but also accused some supporters of wanting to be somewhere else.
“It wasn’t an electric atmosphere, and I get that when we’re 5-0 down. I understand you want to go home and get your Indian or Chinese takeaway in, but from minute one we need the crowd and it can make a massive difference to us. It made a massive difference against Man City for sure. We don’t win that game, in my opinion, if that crowd wasn’t like it was, so we need that more often.
“We’re desperate for people to bring that. Don’t get lazy. If you’ve got people next to you who’ve only come along for the Premier League journey, give them a little slap and say ‘come on, wake up, we need your support’ because we do. It’s vital for us.”