Norris: ‘Jobs are on the line and we have let staff (and fans) down’
IPSWICH TOWN: Blues skipper David Norris has been honest enough to admit that Sunday’s shambles at Carrow Road was an embarrassment.
And he says that Blues supporters deserve much better.
He said: “It was hard to even go over to them at the end game.
“They stood out on Sunday and when a few of us went over to their section they clapped us.
“It was almost embarrassing to take it.
“We have got to start giving them something back starting with Wednesday’s Carling Cup quarter-final against West Brom.”
And Norris is well aware of the seriousness of the situation after Norwich’s biggest ever East Anglian derby victory.
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“To the players it was probably just another game – another three points,” added Norris, who is currently the subject of contract discussions with his current one running out next June.
“But to the staff their jobs are on the line.
“And to our fans there was local pride at stake, and the derby really means a lot to them.
“We let them all down.
“It was an embarrassing defeat with no positives and us players we have got to look at ourselves.”
Norris gave his thumbs up to the manager on behalf of the playing squad as Keane’s tenure becomes increasingly insecure.
“The manager and staff prepare us right on the training ground,” stressed Norris.
“They can change this and change that but once we cross the white line it is down to us.
“The manager is coming under increasing pressure as we all do when you are losing games.
“We are playing for new contracts, and it is part and parcel of football, but we have to give ourselves a chance.
“This was no ordinary game and after losing three on the trot this was a match that could have put right the wrongs of the three previous games.
“As mistakes go the first two Norwich goals were shockers. We are not picking on individuals and it was from players you can normally rely on.
“But they had no place in a game like Sunday’s.”
Norris thought Damien Delaney’s sending off was harsh explaining: “From where I was thought that Darren O’Dea could have got round and Gareth Holt is not the quickest.
“It was a big turning point for us. and with our mistakes it all proved vital.
“We were comfortly to the first goal, and when we equalised I thought we have got a chance here.”