Tim Krul delivers brutal home truths on City’s relegation plight

Tim Krul admits Norwich City face a major uphill battle to survive in the Premier League after a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa 
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Tim Krul admits Norwich City face a major uphill battle to survive in the Premier League after a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Tim Krul is urging Norwich City fans to stick with the Canaries, after sinking to the bottom of the Premier League following a 1-0 Boxing Day defeat at Aston Villa.

Conor Hourihane punished another toothless offering from Daniel Farke's side at Villa Park to leave them 20th - a distant seven points from safety.

"I know that is hard but the fans have to stick with us," said the Dutch keeper. "I understand why everybody's frustrated because we've got 12 points and that's the hard facts.

"I have been through bad spells at other clubs but we were playing really badly.

"I've never been at a club that played so well and not picked up points, I just don't get it.

"I go home and ask myself the same questions. What can we change? They were ruthless and we were not. But you couldn't say Villa played great.

"The only way we're going to change this around is just work our socks off and believe in each other, because if we start pointing fingers then that will end in bigger trouble."

Krul admits the Canaries' face a mammoth task to pull off an unlikely relegation escape. City return to action swiftly on Saturday at home to Tottenham.

"It seems like the last six, seven games, we've been saying the same thing.

"And it's not what people want to hear," he said. "But you have to be objective and see the facts, we're playing some great football, we are creating chances. But whatever it is, luck, a bit of quality, in the end we're lacking at the moment.

"We created enough to walk away with three points. They make a clearance off the line from Alex (Tettey), I just don't understand how he does that.

"Goals change games and their goal maybe takes a little flick off Zimbo (Christoph Zimmermann). It's just frustrating.

"I think we should have at least 20 points, in my opinion by this stage of the season for how well we have played.

"We have to look at ourselves because we are the only ones who can change this around in 2020.

"Obviously we've got a game in 40-odd hours. We need to be up and ready for that. We can't sulk, we can't feel sorry for ourselves that the luck is not on our side, or coming out with all that. The only way we're going to turn it around is by ourselves.

"We can't keep hoping for other teams to drop points.

"And that's the only way we're going to get out of it."

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