Blame players for Plymouth nightmare - Doherty

DAVID CUFFLEY Gary Doherty held up his hands after Norwich City's latest away day nightmare when he insisted: “Blame me - and the rest of the players.”The Canaries' 3-1 defeat at Plymouth made it just one point from the last four Coca-Cola Championship games, a dismal sequence sure to turn the heat on manager Nigel Worthington, whose side has dropped from second to 14th in the table in the space of a fortnight.

DAVID CUFFLEY

Gary Doherty held up his hands after Norwich City's latest away day nightmare when he insisted: “Blame me - and the rest of the players.”

The Canaries' 3-1 defeat at Plymouth made it just one point from the last four Coca-Cola Championship games, a dismal sequence sure to turn the heat on manager Nigel Worthington, whose side has dropped from second to 14th in the table in the space of a fortnight.

It makes victory in next Sunday's televised home game against Burnley a must if City are to halt an alarming slump in form.


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But central defender Doherty, recalled at Home Park after being rested for the Carling Cup tie at Rotherham, said he and his team-mates should take responsibility for Saturday's woeful showing in front of nearly 800 travelling fans.

“We've been poor now for the last couple of league games and it's thoroughly down to the players. Me, personally, today I wasn't good enough and I've got to look at myself - we've all got to look at ourselves and really put it right next Sunday,” said Doherty, whose afternoon as skipper in the continued absence of Adam Drury was further blighted by scoring the own goal that gave the Pilgrims a 14th-minute lead.

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“We all take responsibility for it. We've all got to try to get back to out best, like we were in the first six games of the season. That's what we've got to take heart from. Hopefully, we can turn it back round our way.

“We've got a tough home game against Burnley on the telly and I hope that will rouse us into getting a good performance and getting on a bit of a run because at the moment we're not doing well enough as a team and we know that.”

Doherty admitted the supporters who made the 750-mile round trip to Devon had been let down.

“That's another choker. That's why we're all disappointed. It's a long way for the fans to come. The fans were excellent again, and cheered us to the very end. We've got to look at ourselves and put it right so the next time the fans come a long way they can be proud of this team.”

Of his own goal, inadvertently deflecting a Tony Capaldi corner into his own net, he said:

“I'll have to have a look at a replay. Whether I didn't move my feet quickly enough, I don't know, because it happened quite quickly. So I'm going to have to have a look at it and learn from it. That's all you can do when you have a bad game. You've just got to learn from it and crack on.

“We did have a few chances. Earnie got us a great goal at the end and maybe if we'd have taken one or two chances towards the end of the first half, it might have been a different story, but I think that would have glossed over what wasn't a great performance.”

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