Comment: Do Tettey comments show the signs of a strong dressing room?

PUBLISHED: 11:39 29 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:14 29 October 2019

Alex Tettey was critical of some of his team-mates in the aftermath of City's defeat to Manchester United. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Alex Tettey was critical of some of his team-mates in the aftermath of City's defeat to Manchester United. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Mistakes happen in all work places… the trick is not to let it happen more than once.

Most don't happen in full view of more than 27,000 supporters and millions more across the globe like at Carrow Road on Sunday.

But that's what happened when Max Aarons was caught out of position on the half hour mark against Manchester United, allowing Marcus Rashford the freedom of his flank to go on and tuck the ball past Tim Krul.

In a post-match interview with Norwegian newspaper, VG, it was abundantly clear that Alex Tettey wasn't impressed, with Ibrahim Amadou also the target of his ire for being deeper than Ben Godfrey and playing Rashford onside.

"I was shocked. I don't know how we can be so naive and give away so much space. That should not happen," he said.

Max Aarons was partly at fault for Manchester United's second goal against Norwich on Sunday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesMax Aarons was partly at fault for Manchester United's second goal against Norwich on Sunday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

"We have a right-back who is in no man's land, we have one centre-back that is higher than the other, and he does not know where the attacker is.

"I should not be too strict, but I think we make 'junior football mistakes'."

His comments provided a glimpse into the dressing room dynamic that exists at Carrow Road.

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Occasionally, the bright young things that the Canaries can boast thanks to the careful stewardship of Daniel Farke and his management team, need to be pulled into line.

A gnarled experienced pro like Tettey is probably the best person to do it as someone who knows all about how a mistake can be ruthlessly exposed in the Premier League.

Will Aarons have liked getting told off? Of course not, who does?

But the City players are not all there to be best mates - they need to bring the best out of each other and if Tettey's admonishment makes the youngster pick his moments better to spring forward then it's job done.

The 19-year-old is the archetypal modern day full back - athletic, quick, fearless in possession - but he's still learning the defensive side of the game.

Despite his tender years Aarons is mature enough to take on Tettey's rebuke as nothing personal and do his best not to let it happen again.

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