Millwall 4-0 Norwich City: Complacency, mentality – James Husband knows there are big questions to answer

James Husband and the rest of Norwich City's defence have had to stomach conceding four goals in bot

James Husband and the rest of Norwich City's defence have had to stomach conceding four goals in both of their last two Championship games. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

A desperate day left some deep questions being asked of Norwich City – and James Husband knows the international break has to bring some answers.

James Husband (3) watches on as Mario Vrancic slides in on Millwall's Aiden O'Brien. Picture: Paul C

James Husband (3) watches on as Mario Vrancic slides in on Millwall's Aiden O'Brien. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries left-back admitted his “disgust” at what he and his team-mates served up at The Den, as Daniel Farke’s side were swatted away like flies by Championship new boys Millwall.

It left City sat in the fledgling relegation zone after just five games – but far more damaging were the boos, the loss of positivity gently curated during the summer and once again, the big question marks against City’s defending.

At 23, Husband is one of the young guard trying to make their way in the new set-up fostered this summer by head coach Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber – and he is among those asking the questions of this current squad.

“Maybe,” was the left-back’s short initial answer to whether complacency and mentality have been early-season issues in a squad of huge player turnover since May.


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“We all have to go home and look at ourselves and wonder what we did wrong. I’m lost for words what’s really happened here.

“I think we all believe in what we’re trying to do. It’s just doing it. I think if we do it once and we produce a performance, then we can’t get carried away with it. For example, the win against QPR. But again, I’m disappointed. Certainly.

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“Of course we have the characters to get this working. Every young footballer prides themselves on performances; individual performances. They wouldn’t be here if they didn’t think they were good enough.

“We just have to piece the things together we’re doing wrong and then see where it goes from there.

“If you look at it from a football point of view, we’re controlling games. We are doing the right things but individual mistakes are costing us, and they are massive. There’s no getting round it, if you make mistakes at this level you are going to get punished – and we’ve been absolutely punished here. Deservedly so.”

This time last season, City entered the first international break after a worrying 3-0 defeat at Birmingham. The feeling isn’t much different 12 months on.

“Which makes it even worse,” added Husband. “We will try to pick the bones out of what’s happened and it will be how quickly we can get round from it. That’s all I can say from it.”

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