Drury: Missed chances are costly

PUBLISHED: 11:13 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 10 September 2010

Jonathan Redhead

Adam Drury says the Norwich City players are all in it together in a bid to break the goalscoring duck which has seen them lose both of their opening two games of the season.

Adam Drury says the Norwich City players are all in it together in a bid to break the goalscoring duck which has seen them lose both of their opening two games of the season.

The left-back managed the full 90 minutes in his long-awaited comeback game since suffering a serious knee injury against Bristol City at Carrow Road last October.

But a Sam Baldock goal after 34 minutes was enough to dump the Canaries out of the Carling Cup and made sure Drury could not enjoy his first competitive action in 10 months.

The Canaries' embarrassing 1-0 defeat followed hot on the heels of their 2-0 loss at Coventry on Saturday, but Drury says it's up to all the players to find a way to bring City better fortunes in front of goal and help them bag their first win of the season.

Glenn Roeder's side created numerous chances at Stadiummk, but failed to hit the target and Drury admitted there is no easy solution to the goalscoring problems.

“We played some good stuff at times, but goals change games,” he said. “The last two games, we've had chances and when you don't take them you get punished.

“But at least we're making the chances. When you look back at the start of last season, we weren't even making chances so we've come that far, but we've got to start winning games.

“I think if we knew how to solve it straight away we wouldn't be missing them now, but I think once one goes in then perhaps they'll all start flying in but we've got to get that first one.

“It's got to be work on the training ground and then confidence coming into games, and perhaps not snatching at the chances and taking them when they come.”

Omar Koroma and Lee Croft missed the best chances for the Canaries and Drury said the lack of a goal can be as much of a mental problem as a physical one.

“I think it can be and the longer it goes on the harder and harder it's going to get,” he admitted. “We've got to put it right sooner rather than later, because at the minute it's costing us games. Being a defender I know what it's like the other side of it when we're conceding goals all the time. At the minute we're making the chances and we could finish off games early on but we're not taking them and it's costing us.

“We're all in this together it's not just the forwards and everyone else. We're all in it as a team and we've got to put it right as a team.

“Everyone's got to chip in with the goals. It's not just the forwards that have got to score, it's got to be spread all over the park because we didn't do it enough last season as a team.”

On a personal level, Drury was happy to get a full game under his belt and show Roeder what he can do after a frustrating period in the physiotherapist's room at Colney and now wants to push on.

“It's been ten months and obviously I've had no pre-season games so it was strange to start off with, but you feel your way into the game,” he said.

“It's never easy and as I said I've not had the ideal of playing any pre-season games so I obviously had to get myself into the game as quickly as I could. But unfortunately we didn't win so you don't enjoy it when you don't win.

“It wasn't too bad and I got through 90 minutes which was good and I've got a game under my belt now and I've got to build on that because there's a lot of competition for places.”

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