We never got going - Marshall
Goalkeeper David Marshall lamented the nature of Norwich City's FA Cup exit at the hands of the Championship's bottom club when he admitted: "We never looked like troubling them.
Goalkeeper David Marshall lamented the nature of Norwich City's FA Cup exit at the hands of the Championship's bottom club when he admitted: "We never looked like troubling them."
The Canaries crashed out of the competition at the third round stage for the 10th time in 12 seasons when a sixth-minute goal from Darren Ambrose gave Charlton Athletic victory in last night's Carrow Road replay, their first win in 19 matches in all competitions and their first under new boss Phil Parkinson.
Defeat led to protests inside and outside the stadium against manager Glenn Roeder, already under heavy fire after just three wins in the last 14 league games.
The 23-year-old Marshall said City failed to respond to conceding such an early goal. He said: "It's always the last thing you say in the dressing room, probably every week - in the first 15, 20 minutes of games, just keep yourself tight and keep in the game, and after maybe five minutes we were a goal down. It doesn't help going a goal down that early but the whole performance just wasn't really good enough.
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"We never got going. Even when they scored, we never looked like troubling them. I mean, it's the FA Cup and usually if a team is 1-0 down, you see other teams going for it and I think the disappointing thing is we never really created much."
The closest City came to a goal was nine minutes into the second half when Carl Cort's header was tipped over by Charlton goalkeeper Darren Randolph, a surprise selection.
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"It was actually a quick second half, and I was looking up and suddenly it was 85 minutes, and I was thinking 'We've not really done anything' so that was the disappointing fact," said Marshall.
"Charlton have not won a game in maybe three months, and we should really be beating a team who would admit themselves they are low on confidence."
He added: "The next three league games are against people round about us, so it would be massive to get a win on Saturday."
"To get beaten by a team like that, we're very disappointed."