Russell: We have embarrassed ourselves
Chris Lakey Canaries midfielder Darel Russell says City should be “embarrassed” at the manner of their FA Cup exit at Bury last night.
Canaries midfielder Darel Russell says City should be “embarrassed” at the manner of their FA Cup exit at Bury last night.
City's dream is over for another year after they were washed away 2-1 at a rainy Gigg Lane in the third round replay.
“We should have come here and got a result and we have come here and embarrassed ourselves,” said Russell. “Our travelling fans are probably embarrassed. It is a horrible night and we haven't performed. What else can I say?”
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Bury were ahead inside 20 minutes through Ben Futcher and then doubled their lead on the hour mark through Andy Bishop before half-time substitute Dion Dublin set up a thrilling finish with a goal five minutes from time. But it was too little too late against a side which sacked its manager 36 hours before kick-off and who are languishing in the lower reaches of League Two.
The match went ahead only after a mid-day pitch inspection, but Bury took full advantage to make the Canaries the fall guys of the third round - and to prove there is still work to be done at Carrow Road, despite the recent revival in fortunes.
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“It was a bad performance by us,” added Russell. “There is no other word for it.”
We come to a team that without a doubt we should have beaten today. We haven't performed and we got our come-uppance from it.
“We have come to a team that without a doubt we should have beaten today. We haven't performed and we got our come-uppance from it.
“We can't take what we have been doing over the last couple of months for granted. We seem to concede then get ourselves back into the game and push on and that shows strength of character, but we can't keep doing that each week.
“We have to show more about ourselves as a team and continue in this good vein of form we have been in and come to places like this and kill teams off.
“There is a lot more that needs improving all over the pitch.
“The manager wasn't happy and I am sure he will push us forward and improve us in the areas where we need to.”
Roeder said he has ordered his players to forget the result and prepare for the vital relegation match against Leicester at the weekend.
“We have got to get over this quickly,” said Roeder. “We won't be getting back to the training ground until three or four o'clock on Wednesday morning and they will have the rest of the day off to reflect on the hugely disappointing result here tonight.
“We will be back on Thursday and I will demand and expect that the players are not to come in with long and disappointed faces.
“They have got to get over it quickly. We have got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and train properly, which they have done for a long while now. We need to pick ourselves up Thursday and Friday and come out firing which I know we will do on Saturday for the very important game against Leicester at home.”
Roeder admitted it was hard to admit Bury deserved their win.
“It hurts a lot,” he said. “It is hard to describe how much I am hurting at the moment and I expect the players to be feeling exactly the same.
“It has been a long time since we have played as poorly as that but we have to accept our responsibilities. It hurts me to say Bury deserved the victory, which they did, but I am not one for looking back.”
Bury's Chris Brass, who was only confirmed as caretaker on the morning of the game, could now be handed the reins on a permanent basis.
“I've got to sit down in the cold light of day,” said Brass, who had been working with the club's Centre of Excellence. “If I'm given an opportunity, I've got decisions to make but, at the moment, let's get the stability back and see where it takes us. It's just nice to have put a smile back on everyone's faces. It's been a tough few days and I have a lot of respect for (former manager) Chris Casper.”