Elliott Bennett conceded Norwich City failed to get anywhere near their usual high standards as they were taken apart by Liverpool at Carrow Road on Saturday evening.

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Luis Suárez’s sublime hat-trick did the damage – although the day could have been even worse for the Canaries, had Kenny Dalglish’s FA Cup finalists taken all their chances.

And Bennett, who picked up the sponsors’ man of the match champagne at the final whistle and also conjured one of the hosts’ rare goal-bound efforts, admitted City were not at the races.

“We have set high standards this season, really high standards, and that’s the disappointing thing when you don’t quite hit them, and this was one of those days,” admitted the winger.

“It’s disappointing to lose any football match, but we didn’t hit the standards that we’ve set ourselves this season and that’s the most disappointing thing really.

“Everyone is disappointed with how we played. I think if we had played how we have been playing throughout the season, then today could have been a completely different game.

“But when you are not up to the maximum… Liverpool aren’t in the FA Cup final for nothing.”

City have taken eight points from a possible 33 on offer, which underlines how important the Canaries’ early season form was to their Premier League survival.

Queens Park Rangers’ drubbing at Stamford Bridge on Sunday officially secured City a second season in the top flight.

“It’s always important to get points as soon as you possibly can,” added Bennett. “It doesn’t matter whether you look at your run-in and think it’s an easy game – there are no easy games in the Premier League. “Every game we play we want to win and whether we were mathematically safe today or not, we would still have the same mindset where we want to win matches, and that’s no different.

“Even if we are mathematically safe next week we will still want to win those games coming up. We go into every game wanting to win and that’s our aim.

“When you’re not mathematically safe it’s something that’s always in your mind.

“Our main aim this season is to be safe, but we are not resting on our laurels or anything just because we’ve got 43 points, or the fact we want to be mathematically safe and the fact that has been the main aim of the season.”

Suárez picked up all the post-match plaudits, and most notably for his stunning 50-yard lob that caught out John Ruddy and completed the Uruguayan’s hat-trick.

But Bennett was more concerned with City’s defending than Suárez’s efforts.

“He’s chipped the keeper, hasn’t he?” stated Bennett. “It’s a good finish but he shouldn’t really have got into that position and that is something we’re really disappointed with, that we have given away some sloppy goals. It’s something we haven’t done all season, so we’ll try to put that right next week at Arsenal.

“Any time you concede you can always pull it back and say there was a mistake there or something happened. Conceding any goal is disappointing and obviously we’re all disappointed in the manner we have conceded the three goals today.

“I wouldn’t say that (Suárez’s was the best individual performance City have come up against this season).

“I just think we weren’t up to it today. We are really disappointed with our own performance and obviously when you’ve got world class players on the pitch against you, they are going to punish you.

“He has got massive quality; Liverpool have got massive quality within their team and when you are not up to scratch and you’re not hitting the high standards that we’ve hit this season, we were going to get punished against a very good team, and that’s what happened today. We made a few errors and we were punished for that.”

8 comments

  • If that sort of honesty, pervades the dressing room, then that is the 2nd best news today, (after the Chelsea result!!) I know the team has performed really well to survive their first season in the real big-time. It's a shame that after such an amazing start, we have fallen away so badly. Maybe the early season effort has tired them out, physically, and mentally. It would be wonderful, not just for the supporters, but more importantly the players, if we could end the season with a morale boosting 3 or 4 points.

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • But we are now mathematically safe. Might be intersetingif Villa stilll need poinst in two weeks' time

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • There should be a law against drinking and typing!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • City never turned up Liverpool played them of the park.With the results going their way on Sunday i believe they are now safe.Paul Lambert has to get some decent players in for next season or it will be a relegation scrap,the defence is a shambles giving away stupid goals,Elliot Ward had a bad game he was exposed time and time again Morrison never had a look in up front ,this squad will not survive another season

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    keith nobes

    Monday, April 30, 2012

  • Much truth in what you say Lobbo, and of course who knows what gets lost in the translation.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, April 30, 2012

  • I'm afraid it really irritates me when players like Bennett purport to have an opinion on issues like this.He wouldn't say anything that Lambert didn't want him to say. This is an old Alex Ferguson trick to use his players to say what he wants to say. Bennett's opinion doesn't really mean much to me anyway.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • It is still a puzzle to me as to why Holt,Surman, Hoolahan, along with Wilbrahams, and Vaughan were sitting on the bench when we were up against a top club. They all sat there twiddling their thumbs and our reserves had to do battle with the men in red. Something is not right.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, April 30, 2012

  • " He's chipped the keeper hasn't he..?" Did he really Elliot? I'd never have noticed if you hadn't said.........

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    Timbo

    Monday, April 30, 2012

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