CM – « Dejected » City looks gun-shy

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Teemu Pukki has scored five of Norwich City’s eight Premier League goals
– Photo credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

The Canary Islands did not score a goal in the Premier League in more than 370 minutes of play before the trip to Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

City has fired spaces in the last four games and was given 5 by Arsenal on Boxing Day : 0 beat up.

Teemu Pukki has five of the club’s meager eight-goal record but only had one clear chance against the Gunners when he was denied by Aaron Ramsdale and Rob Holding.

Smith knows that the decline is the key to any hope of real survival in the second half of the top division season.

« We look dejected in front of goal at the moment, » he said. “Teemu had a chance that fell to him and he would normally take it, but it can happen at these moments. I can take the first two defeats at Tottenham and Manchester United all day.

« It was a good performance, where we limited our opponents in terms of the number of great chances they had, and we did created our own big chances in both games. In the last two games we didn’t make it and we have to do that.  » get it right again.

« We have to be a team that is difficult to play through and hard to beat, but we create quality opportunities. You won’t get any shots on goal if you give the ball back to a team like Arsenal, with the exception of Manchester City they are among the best in the league when it comes to holding the ball. ”

Smith offered no excuses for the extent of City’s 5-0 defeat by Arsenal but did not hold back from the game to call the festive demands on players and clubs « madness » given the current impact of Covid on the game and society in general.

Smith counts himself as a football traditionalist, but a trip to Crystal Palace Shouldn’t be on the schedule just 48 hours after the Gunners’ visit.

« I think we should play games but there needs to be more rest between games, » he said. « I’m all for the trad ition of the festive season. I enjoy it. I’ve always enjoyed it, but tradition hasn’t struggled with something like Covid in the last 120 years.

« This is a unique situation that we are all having to grapple with right now. Hence, to expect that Elite footballers expose their bodies to required levels for 90 minutes in each game, recover, and get ready in 48 hours is insane.  » . “

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