David McNally: Norwich City’s display at Liverpool deserved fans’ criticism
14:38 21 January 2013
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Norwich City chief executive David McNally admitted to feeling great sympathy for the Canaries’ fans that travelled to Anfield.
More than 1,800 City fans battled the elements to make it to the north west only to see their side slump to another hammering at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ side. Several fans expressed their disappointment to the Canaries chief via Twitter, insisting the club enter the transfer market to arrest an alarming run which has seen them take just one point out of a possible 18.
McNally responded to several tweets shortly after the match and admitted Chris Hughton’s men could have little complaint about the criticism being thrown in their direction.
Twitter user Tony Stead said: “I feel for @davidmcnally62 (David McNally). Probably being pummelled with tweets from morons already.”
McNally replied: “Don’t worry, we deserve the criticism.”
He hailed the “magnificent” fans that made the trip to Anfield but refuted suggestions that none of the players acknowledged the club’s travelling support.
Lewis Denmark blasted City’s display, saying: “Pathetic performance, waste of day, players didn’t even clap us! Deserve a refund.”
McNally, who believes the club will still be playing Premier League football next season, despite their recent run, said: “Some did, manager did.”
No players were put up for interview in the wake of the 5-0 humbling although several used Twitter to communicate with fans.
Elliott Bennett, who inadvertently set up Liverpool’s opener when his tackle on Luis Suarez saw the ball run into the path of Jordan Henderson, who rifled home, said: “Great travelling support in terrible conditions and we let all down. Very poor performance. That result hurts. Bad, bad weekend.
“I will never shy away from criticism. Tonight I will take it on the chin, as will the team. We all need to concentrate on putting it right.”
Grant Holt endured a fruitless afternoon in stark contrast to his substitute appearance last season which saw him secure a point for his side with a fine header.
The City skipper, who received criticism from many users for tweeting about his night out in Manchester on Saturday, said: “Well that was a lesson learned, move on to the next one. Safe trip home people.”
Snodgrass also thanked the supporters for their efforts to rouse the players. “Better team won on the day we pick ourselves up and go again,” he said. “Fair play to the fans, kept singing till the end, safe travels back.”
Defender Javier Garrido added: “Really disappointed for the result and the performance. I can imagine you all travel long for the game. Keep going. The only positive things about what happened today is that (we) keep learning.”
Sebastien Bassong was badly missed at the heart of City’s back four as Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, making his home debut, ran riot.
Manager Chris Hughton decided to leave the Cameroon international out of the starting XI to ensure he didn’t aggravate a calf injury and miss an important period of games coming up.
Bassong said on Twitter: “Hi guys! My calf was sore and according to the manager we didn’t want to take any risks. Loads of games coming up! Keep believing.”