Tettey hopeful that fresh defensive focus will not hinder City’s attacking style too much
PUBLISHED: 17:15 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 17:15 24 October 2019
Alex Tettey is hopeful that fresh emphasis on defensive priorities will not inhibit Norwich City’s attacking approach to Premier League action.
The Canaries earned a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth to bounce back from a 5-1 home loss to Aston Villa prior to the international break, with Tettey returning from injury alongside goalkeeper Tim Krul and helping to earn the first clean sheet of the season.
"The result is very important for the team because we have a philosophy to go forward and we leave spaces, but when in three games you've conceded that many goals (nine), you have to just stop and look at it," Tettey said.
"We're not going to stop passing the ball, you just have to make sure that defensively you are solid and it starts from there."
Daniel Farke's search for the correct balance between defence and attack continues when Manchester United arrive at Carrow Road on Sunday, after seeing his team score just once in four games.
Former Norway international midfielder Tettey continued: "With a little bit of a twist, of us being solid and knowing that if one is up there, they want me to drop in - but our philosophy is the same, our full-backs go high to get the opponents to drop.
"Then we can start the process of playing out from the back and finding space in behind the midfield.
"So it is the same thing, it's just a twist of doing the same things but the difference is being solid when we lose the ball and when we don't have the ball, knowing how to react and that's what we are trying to get into our game."
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The 33-year-old, City's longest serving current player, was a vocal presence on the south coast and used all of his experience when called upon to drop into defence after Ben Godfrey had limped off five minutes into the second half.
"It's not just me, it needs to start from someone and then Kenny (McLean) will take it, (Teemu) Pukki," City's current captain said of that leadership. "It's not everyone that can shout and encourage but I'm trying to do that.
"We have a young team, they need to focus on their game and the manager can't be shouting from the stands all of the time.
"So I thought we did that well and the boys who were given the instructions, they took it well."