Earnie: There's work to be done

Robert Earnshaw surveyed the carnage after the derby day disappointment and admitted there was work to be done to appease Norwich City's angry fans.


Robert Earnshaw surveyed the carnage after the derby day disappointment and admitted there was work to be done to appease Norwich City's angry fans.

Supporters left nothing to the imagination as, for the second time this season, they demanded the head of manager Nigel Worthington as a poor season hit rock bottom with a home defeat to their arch rivals from Ipswich.

It was a tough introduction to Carrow Road for £3m man Earnshaw - and fellow debutants Jonatan Johansson and Zesh Rehman - but not as tough as it was for the long-suffering yellow and green army.

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And Earnshaw knows he has work to do to win them over.

“The main thing is we need to start winning - for the fans as well. I could feel the disappointment all around the ground,” he admitted.

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Fans see myriad causes for City's poor run of form - one point from the last 15 - but Earnshaw points to one simple fact: City need to start passing the ball.

“I think we just need to play,” he said. “With the players we have got, we didn't play. It was only here and there we played. We should have kept the ball a lot more and actually played and put people in when it's on.

“We didn't really create that many clear chances; the goal was probably the only proper clear chance we made. With the players we have got we should be creating more and doing a lot more for each other.”

Earnshaw admitted to a touch of envy as he recalled the Norwich goal - scored by Johansson but created by a sublime pass by midfielder Youssef Safri.

“It was a great ball through, it made it easy for him,” said Earnshaw. “As soon as it bounced there was only one place it was going to end up and that's the sort of service we need. We have been talking in training and during the game so hopefully there is a lot of that to come. They are the balls I want.”

Players can expect a busy week on the training grounds at Colney, which Earnshaw insists will iron out a lot of the kinks caused by the introduction of three new faces.

“It's very hard when three people are coming into a team and don't know anyone and don't know each other, how each other plays,” he said. “It's hard but I think we did ok.

“But the more we are at the club and the more faces we see and the more we get used to everyone the better. Hopefully this week we will have a good session with all the lads and it will help.”

Johansson took the debut day plaudits, with Earnshaw insisting City fans hadn't seen the best of him yet.

“I felt okay,” he said. “I was obviously disappointed with the result, that's the big thing. It wasn't good enough and we will have to work on that. But personally it felt quite good, considering I haven't played a lot of games. I think I will probably need two or three games to be very, very sharp but it was just good to play.

“Both me and JJ haven't played a lot. I spoke to him and he was saying the same thing - he needs games, both of us need games and we'll do well.”

Earnshaw refuses to any targets for himself.

“As long as I get the chances and service from the team they will make the goals.”

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