'We have to believe that' - Canaries keeper reveals encouraging words from West Ham boss Pellegrini

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 September 2019 | UPDATED: 12:56 01 September 2019

Norwich City keeper Tim Krul congratulates Christoph Zimmermann on a superb tackle which denied West Ham ace Felipe Anderson Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City keeper Tim Krul congratulates Christoph Zimmermann on a superb tackle which denied West Ham ace Felipe Anderson Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City number one Tim Krul revealed that West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has urged Norwich City to stick with their attacking instincts, in spite of a 2-0 loss at the London Stadium.

The Chilean, who led Manchester City to the Premier League title in 2014, offered his thoughts to Krul - who admitted the Canaries weren't on their game during the disappointing defeat.

"In my opinion we gave away too many simple passes," the keeper said. "Five or six-yard passes were going out of play, and that can happen, people can have a little bit of an off day and in the Premier League you are going to get punished.

"All 11 players need to have a good game but then again, their manager in the tunnel pulled me and said, 'whatever you guys do, we were really worried, don't change one bit'.

"For me, a world class manager to say that and believe that, we have to believe that ourselves."

The Canaries had started brightly but lost fit-again defender Christoph Zimmermann midway through the first half after a poor tackle from goal-scorer Sebastien Heller and in the end were fortunate to only leave London with a 2-0 loss.

"I've said before that we should not go too high or too low," the Dutchman said, showing his experience. "Up to the goal we weren't in any problems, we were dominating, I felt their fans were turning on them a little bit.

Ben Godfrey and Tim Krul, right, react to West Ham's first goal during Norwich City's 2-0 loss at the London Stadium 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesBen Godfrey and Tim Krul, right, react to West Ham's first goal during Norwich City's 2-0 loss at the London Stadium Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

"But then, in my opinion, we gave them a leg up and after that they start thriving on it and start showboating a little bit.

"The referee missed a clear foul on Zimbo, losing him is a big thing it's like a goal against, because even the goal we conceded if he's fully fit - he was struggling to run - then we might have been able to deal with that.

"Of course we weren't at our best in moments of the game, we were running behind the ball in the second half. That's the thing we need to look at and to sharpen up a little bit."

It required some fine work from the 31-year-old to keep the score to 2-0 as City lost their way, with a brilliant denial of a Manuel Lanzini header followed by a fine double save, initially from a Felipe Anderson shot and then the follow-up from £45million striker Haller.

"I obviously wasn't pleased with the way they were attacking because sometimes there were three or four attackers against two or three defenders but we will analyse it," he added.

"I'm pleased I was able to make those saves, I feel fit and I feel raring to go but obviously it doesn't mean much when you're losing.

"But, on paper, there are going to be some kinder fixtures coming up after Manchester City (after the international break) and we just have to keep believing."

Norwich City keeper Tim Krul thanks the travelling fans at the London Stadium Picture: Aaron Chown/PA WireNorwich City keeper Tim Krul thanks the travelling fans at the London Stadium Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

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