Iwan Roberts: You feel embarrassed, ashamed and don’t want to leave the house

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 October 2019

Not a good day at the office for Emi Buendia Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Not a good day at the office for Emi Buendia Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

As international breaks go, this one couldn’t have come at a better time for Norwich City. That dreadful result last weekend against Villa was one I don’t think any of us saw coming.

And with the club losing three consecutive Premier League games, now is the ideal time to have a weekend break from the pressure of life in the top flight.

I've been where the lads were last Saturday - being hammered at home in front of your own fans, your friends and your family. Believe me, it hurts. You feel embarrassed, ashamed and don't want to leave the house.

But the simple fact is, life goes on and you have to lock it away in the deepest part of your mind.

You can't allow yourself to over-think things. It has happened and you can't turn the clock back.

You simply have to move forward as a squad of players - after all, it's just one game and three points!

As I said, I know how the lads have been feeling this past week. It happened to me when I was playing for Leicester City in the Premier League.

We played Manchester United at Filbert Street and they humiliated us 5-0. It was one of those games - a bit like last Saturday - when all that could go wrong did.

We were playing against the wrong team for that to happen. United, under Sir Alex Ferguson, were the most ruthless team I've ever played against. My only surprise that Saturday afternoon back in 1995 was that we didn't concede more goals!

A dejected Jamal Lewis at the final whistle against Villa Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdA dejected Jamal Lewis at the final whistle against Villa Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

They say you only remember the good games, which is the biggest load of rubbish I've ever heard. I will never forget that shambolic afternoon.

I still have friends who are United supporters, to whom I supplied tickets for the game, who get great pleasure in reminding me of that 5-0 drubbing.

Mind you, I soon shut them up when I remind them of my first ever professional career goal - a 1-0 win over United when I was a 19-year-old at Watford.

I've seen quite a few negative comments since last Saturday about team selection and tactics. But I stress, now isn't the time to be pointing the finger of blame at individuals. Nor is it the time to start questioning Daniel Farke's tactics.

Barring three players, the team that lost to Villa was the side which beat Manchester City last time around at Carrow Road.

It's after this type of loss Daniel and the lads will need your support and loyalty more than ever - and I know you will give them both.

Going into this season I think we all knew there would be the odd hammering. Okay, I guess none of us expected one of the beatings would be at the hands of Aston Villa, and at home too.

But, it has happened and we simply have to dust ourselves down, lick our wounds and go again together. There is simply no other way to approach things.

This fortnight without a game will give some of the injured players more time to get themselves closer to being fit and selected for first team action again.

Daniel needs bodies on the training pitch to give him nice problems regarding which starting XI he picks before the trip to Bournemouth a week tomorrow.

As I said earlier, you don't just remember the good days and, sadly, Daniel will never forget his 100th game in charge of Norwich City.

But one thing is for sure, if the lads can avoid relegation back to the Championship, the debacle which took place on October 5 at Carrow Road will be a very long distant memory - for him and for all of us.

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