'I hate losing' - Normann's City debut left a nasty taste

Mathias Normann provided the assist for Teemu Pukki's goal in Norwich City's Premier League defeat to Watford

Mathias Normann provided the assist for Teemu Pukki's goal in Norwich City's Premier League defeat to Watford - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Limited

Mathias Normann admits the excitement of his Premier League debut for Norwich City was soured by the result. 

The Norwegian international capped a 70 minute shift against Watford with a first half assist for Teemu Pukki, on his first outing since a season long loan move from FC Rostov. 

Normann added some bite in a key area of the Canaries' midfield, although he was unable to halt the Hornets' swift second half counter that led to Ismaila Sarr's first goal in a 3-1 Carrow Road defeat, before he made way for Todd Cantwell. 

“There was a moment on the bus where I thought, ‘oh s***, I'm going to play the Premier League’ but when I entered the stadium and thought about the work tasks and what I should do I was really very calm, and looked forward to playing,” said Normann, speaking to Norwegian newspaper VG. “He (Pukki) is good at timing his runs and a very good finisher as well. 

"We talked about it before the match that if I was on the right hand side and got the ball then I should just poke it over the top for him. It was a nice situation. 

“There was a lot of running, but all in all it was fun to play at home and see the fans. I hate losing, so it's a little hard to enjoy an assist that does not mean anything. 

"I'm still looking for a place to live, but it's a great club. I thrive very well.” 

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