‘We all have to look in the mirror’ - Hernandez hopes City will learn lessons from Saints defeat
PUBLISHED: 11:33 23 June 2020 | UPDATED: 11:33 23 June 2020
Norwich City’s squad must ‘look in the mirror’ and reflect on the mistakes made against Southampton, according to Onel Hernandez.
The Canaries resumed their top-flight campaign with a disheartening 3-0 defeat to Southampton - despite supporters hoping the break would mark a new beginning for Daniel Farke’s side.
Hernandez came on as a second half substitute in the game, but was unable to prevent City from recording their 19th loss of the season.
Carrow Road plays host to another pivotal fixture for the Canaries survival prospects on Wednesday, with City welcoming Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton to Norfolk.
The Cuban is hopeful City’s squad will learn from the mistakes of the Saints game.
“We were very prepared for the game – worked hard and trained hard to know what would come. We knew it would be a completely different situation without fans at the stadium, but I think we did good in the first 20 minutes, making a lot of chances.
“At this level, if you don’t use those chances, the other team is not stupid. If they get good chances, they will score goals.
“We have to stick together and try our best on Wednesday against Everton. It was definitely not a good game from us and we all have to look in the mirror that it was a horrible game and not to let it happen again.
“It’s not important that we play our game or that it looks beautiful. What’s important now is that everyone is running and fighting for the club and for the city, giving everything to avoid having such a game again.”
Hernandez was set to miss the crunch end of the season with a knee injury, but the Cuban has utilised the time granted to him by lockdown to regain his fitness and spend time with his family.
“I feel very good. I would say I’m lucky with when the break came, or I would not have made the games, but because of the break I’m very fit, back to where I was before,” Hernandez told the club’s official website.
“I spent a lot of time with my little daughter and fiancée, so I’m happy that I could do that because you don’t have so much time when the football season starts.”