‘We are thinking too much about the last games’ – Hernandez demands fresh focus from Canaries
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Forget victory over Manchester City and focus on working harder to win Premier League games, that’s the passionate message from Norwich City winger Onel Hernandez.
The fit-again Cuban injected energy and urgency into the Canaries' attack after coming on at half-time against Manchester United on Sunday, scoring a late consolation goal during the 3-1 defeat.
With Daniel Farke's side sitting second from bottom in the table, Hernandez feels a fresh focus is needed ahead of Saturday's trip to Brighton.
"We have to keep going on, we have to stick together, we have to work harder," the 26-year-old said. "For me, forget the last games. The season is not bad, we play our style from last season, we play good football, I like that.
"I like to see that and when I come in I like to help my team (but) we are thinking too much about the last games, that we beat Man City, but that is over now.
"We have to stick together, we have to work hard because we want to stay in this league. It's the best league in the world and we have to fight for that, to work for that and to feel it."
Despite United also having two penalties saved, as part of an inspired performance from City keeper Tim Krul, Hernandez felt a chance to get a good result against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team had been wasted.
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"Really I don't think Manchester United were so good," he added. "Man City, okay when we talk about Man City, they were 100 percent stronger than them - we 100 percent can beat them, that's for sure."
The speedy wide man was a key part of last season's success in the Championship, with 11 assists and eight goals, but missed seven matches of the current campaign with a knee injury.
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The attacker said he was proud to score his first Premier League goal - but that its timing had left little satisfaction.
"For me it's more important that we win the games, that we stick together and fight, have good games, than for me to score a goal," he continued, speaking to City's official Youtube channel.
"I'm proud of that, that's for sure, but it's better if Pukki scores five goals in one game and we win the game, than me. That's the most important, we have to stick together, we have to fight back."