Reed's eager for City home comfort
PUBLISHED: 17:15 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:15 01 February 2018
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The difference between home and away form is frustrating Norwich City's players just as much as supporters, midfielder Harrison Reed has admitted.
The Canaries have won just four of their 14 Championship games at Carrow Road this season, drawing five and losing five of the other games.
“We need to make our home ground a fortress, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to do that, we haven’t sent the fans home happily regularly enough,” the Southampton loanee said.
“I don’t know what it is, we just seem to pick up points away from home and not so many at home, but we’re putting in the same amount of work, the same amount of effort, the same game-plan at home but we’ve just not managed to pick up the points.”
Losing 2-1 to Sheffield United in their last home game continued the home frustrations for Daniel Farke’s team, with just four Championship clubs claiming fewer points on their home turf during the current campaign.
However, away from home is a different story. Winning 1-0 at Brentford on Saturday means just six clubs have claimed more points on the road than the Canaries’ 23 from 15 games – keeping four clean sheets in their last four away games.
Reed continued: “It’s difficult because the crowd are all behind us, they want us to be on the front foot straight away, fans want to see attacking, free-flowing football.
“Whereas away you can sometimes get away with soaking up the pressure and with the pace we’ve got on the break we can hurt teams.
“I think the boss is clever when he takes the pressure off us and says we’re underdogs but we seem to perform.”
City have another chance to start improving their Carrow Road record on Saturday when play-off chasing Middlesbrough head to Norfolk.
With former Stoke and West Brom manager Tony Pulis taking over from the sacked Garry Monk at Boro last month, it’s sure to prove a difficult encounter though.
“It’s going to be a very tough game,” the 23-year-old added. “We turned them over at their place (1-0) so they’ll be looking for some revenge and with Tony Pulis being their manager, they’ll be a very difficult team to beat.
“So we’ll prepare for that and be fully ready for it.”