Krul admits restart has been a ‘disaster’ for Canaries

Tim Krul couldn't keep Burnley out as Norwich City lost a ninth successive Premier League game Pictu

Tim Krul couldn't keep Burnley out as Norwich City lost a ninth successive Premier League game Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tim Krul admits recent months have felt like a ‘disaster’ for Norwich City.

The Canaries have lost all nine of their matches since the season resumed amid the UK’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

So, with relegation already confirmed, City number one Krul was in no mood to offer platitudes ahead of Sunday’s daunting final day trip to dethroned champions Manchester City.

“The fans are not here, we’ve not been able to give them anything after the break,” said the disappointed Dutchman. “It’s no excuse but it’s been a disaster the last few months, with Covid and the way we’ve come back after the break.

“We haven’t been able to turn things around unfortunately. The intentions were there, we’ve worked hard but in the end the quality hasn’t been there in the last few months.”

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Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Burnley extended a club record losing streak to nine league games.

“It’s difficult to find the words, if I’m honest. I think we’ve let ourselves down a little bit in the last few weeks,” Krul said after the defeat.

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“I’ve said before that at the start of the season I definitely thought we had enough to be staying up. Obviously there have been more reasons than one and I don’t want to chuck too many excuses on it, but injuries, seeing Zimbo (Christoph Zimmermann) back is the only positive, we’ve definitely missed him this year, he’s a rock.

“All our centre-halves have been injured in some way or form this season and there’s definitely been a big doubt.

“But to analyse (the game), you nearly can’t. I’m really proud of the effort of the second half, the way with nine men we defended and Ben (Godfrey) in particular blocking everything, heading everything, with Zimbo.

“It’s hard on him that he’s scored the own goal but if you go with nine men in the second half, the game is over.”

The two players sent off, Emi Buendia and Josip Drmic, will miss Sunday’s game - and then City can make a fresh start.

“We need to rebuild everything, we need a big summer and people who want to be at the club,” Krul added, speaking to the Canaries’ official YouTube channel. “That’s the big thing now, to start building and finding some confidence, to get some positivity from somewhere.”

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