Chris Goreham: City’s display wasn’t the only thing that put me off my dinner

Norwich City keeper Tim Krul had to play through the pain barrier Turf Moor Picture: Paul Chesterton

Norwich City keeper Tim Krul had to play through the pain barrier Turf Moor Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“Would you like me to turn the television off while you eat?”

It had taken the lady behind the bar in the hotel a few moments to work out what was putting us off our food.

Casualty may be a long running staple of Saturday night television but it isn't the sort of thing that goes down nicely with a club sandwich.

However, after watching Norwich City's 2-0 defeat at Burnley, I was beginning to feel that brushing up on my medical knowledge might be a good idea.

The sight of Alex Tettey hobbling towards the Canaries team bus after the game and the revelation from Daniel Farke that Tim Krul had struggled through the 90 minutes with a back injury of his own added to the notion that we have been watching Holby City more than Norwich City this season.

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The physios at Colney must have a busier waiting room on Monday mornings than most GP surgeries in Norfolk with the list of bumps, bruises and strains growing by the week.

Supporters knew the Premier League would be a big challenge but they didn't expect so many of Norwich's players to be alongside them in the stands cheering the patched-up team on.

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Injuries are all part of the game and it's very rare that any manager can put out his first choice XI so it's important to have a squad that can cope with the inevitable collateral damage that comes with the heat of Premier League battle.

The performance and victory against Manchester City proved that Norwich City's squad is deeper than we all dared think but the doubts over Krul's fitness may provide an explanation for the sluggish start that Farke's men made at Turf Moor.

MORE: Six things we learned from defeat at BurnleyThe Dutch goalkeeper has become one of the leaders in that dressing room over the past year or so. It's not going too far to suggest that his influence made a huge difference to Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis as we watched them grow up before our very eyes and fledge into impressive and key first team players during that wonderful Championship winning campaign and now in the Premier League.

If Daddy Krul wasn't feeling like his usual self then perhaps it's understandable that he wasn't as vocal in the dressing room before the game or during that furious opening 15 minutes as City struggled to get to grips with a Burnley side that were the footballing definition of 'in your face'.

Perhaps it was just the concern that David James was about to potentially embarrass the Goalkeepers Union by dancing to Three Lions on Strictly.

It was a quarter of an hour spell that underlined how important it is that Norwich City don't let their own intensity levels drop.

The two wins they have enjoyed this season, against Newcastle and Man City, have been their most energetic performances.

It doesn't take much of a reduction for Premier League clubs to be able to take advantage and Sean Dyche, or Sean Mark Dyche as the team sheet we were handed before the match rather formally called him, is a master at sensing uncertainty in opponents and seizing upon it.

The David James spectacle had finished by the time the food arrived on Saturday night but BBC One was still the chosen channel in the hotel bar.

The highs and lows of football were demonstrated once again as, exactly a week on from commentating on that wonderful win over Manchester City, I was dealing with the less glamorous combination of a defeat at Burnley, lukewarm chips and Casualty.

It's safe to say I turned down the offer of ketchup.

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