Alex Tettey desperate for Norwich City to sort out their Premier League travel sickness

Alexander Tettey applauds the Norwich fans at Southampton. 
Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Alexander Tettey applauds the Norwich fans at Southampton. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
10:47 AM

Norwich City have a problem playing on the road – and Alex Tettey wants Chris Hughton’s squad to get their heads together and solve it.

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The Canaries have lost their last five away games in the Premier League, and conceded 14 goals in the process – whereas at homeCity City are unbeaten this year and yet to concede a goal in open play.

So having triumphed over Sunderland at Carrow Road emphatically at the weekend, Tettey hopes Norwich can change their tune at Swansea on Saturday.

“I don’t now what’s going on – but there is something going on,” said the Norwegian. “I told you during the week, I don’t know what happens when we play at home. All of a sudden we have confidence – even though the last game was a horrible performance.

“We didn’t know what we were doing at Southampton. But all of a sudden, it’s all forgotten and we then played like we were in the middle of the table and we were safe (against Sunderland).

“So there is something I think mentally going on that we have to get rid of, because if we can win away from home and win at home, everything will be fine.

“To do that is much easier to sort out off the back of a win, because when you don’t win away you have pressure on you to produce at home as well.

“We have a challenge against Swansea.

“They’re a good team, a good team at home, so we have to try to do something to get a positive result.”

Norwich have enjoyed their trips to Swansea since promotion to the Premier League, winning five- and seven-goal 
thrillers respectively.

This time around, the Swans will be under serious pressure to win – and avoid any more relegation nerves.

Norwich can appreciate that situation – but Tettey is hopeful the survival line is now in sight.

“I think we are getting there,” he added. “I think so – but still we need to win two more games and a draw. I think that will be fine.”

45 comments

  • There is enough drabness in my life without NCFC adding to it. That is why I want Hughton out. If staying up means Hughton staying with NCFC? Yes, I'd rather that than the Championship. Although I have to say the season we came up under PL was for me the most thrilling. In recent times, that is.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Never seen the Father Ted skit MB. Tried viewing it on youtube but not allowed to in this country. As a consolation however Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog perform it and that is allowed! Oh, and yes BW I do live in Lincs and if you ever thought Norfolk was quiet, well... Anyway, no can't make Tuesdays although I do fancy a pint of Bill Puntons screamer sometime.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • ...meant "makes playing them away a bit harder..." D'oh.

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I saw in a local rag here (the Evening Standard) - where "Big Sam" has an article, that he thinks 38 points will be enough for West Ham. If he's right, I think that means we need 39 (as our goal difference is worse than those we're likely to be trying to stay above to keep out of 18th).

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • PS, I`m bringing Seasick Steve and a selection of steel guitars to the soirée.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Also TK I hope we wear Yellow this weekend. White Vs White would be very tricky to tell apart.....least we have not got Andre Marriner as ref!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • boy, what planet do you come from I wonder, probably a blue one somewhere. Where does the word scared come from I wonder, something to do with the pants you wear perhaps.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Actually, Earth is described as being "The blue planet" so I think you'll find we are all from a blue planet. I'd also like to point out I wasn't the only person to point out your embarrassing mistake. Up there the guys on the story the other day demanding to know where Jeremy Goss' volley against Bayern Munich was in a poll titled "What is the best goal ever scored at carrow road"... pure genius...

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Contractually we have to play in our away kit so many times a season, I believe it's 10 or 11 times. Any well connected person would know that. It's part and parcel with the contractual requirements of playing in the premier league.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Steady On's remark about banjo player and Billy Bob brought to mind that great tune from Deliverance movie where traveller and the hill billy boy play Duelling Banjos. Just checked it out on Youtube and still sounds great. On the darker side I hope none of the hillbillys out there are as mean as the ones in that movie. Tell you what MB, they didn't need no bullseye painting on no heads, you just walked in on their patch and bam. And on the lighter side Billy Bob has his name on a bbq restaurant in New York.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Life is all about the moneeeeeyyy££££ now sadly and its only getting worse. Like previously mentioned were are under contract to wear the away kit a certain number of times during the season. They are listed at the start of the season so its no shock or horror when it is worn. Not the end of the world. While I much prefer the yellow & green, the white kits not bad to be fair. Much better than some of the tross we've sold in the club shop. 1995 we had the truly awful tartan!!!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Thank you Cecil, good of you to notice! :-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • In terms of keeping the ball Swansea (stat wise) are up there with the likes of Munich & Barcelona. However as we proved in the Carrow road tie between us & them, that means nothing if you cant produce an end result. I'd be setting up exactly how we did against Sunderland personally. Obviously if the likes of Fer was fit it be a different story. Let Swansea do what they want in there own half like at Carrow Road but once they cross that HT line that freedom has to vanish and pressure applied. Having the likes of Hoolahan & howson supporting RVW could lead to us scoring via a break away. Only concern is whether Olsson will get overloaded with Swansea pushing on via right wing and full back. We got away with it against Sunderland purely because no1 Olsson is a very good left back and performed just as Adam Drury did for many years with Hucks not always giving him much support (if any) & no 2 because Bardsley is such a woeful professional footballer he didnt support the right winger once really. Hopefully we can give old Chico a hard game as well (blooming hate that joke of a centre half!) Biggest thing for me is ensuring we dont do the usual NCFC no show after such a positive result!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • The away strip in the past would only be used if there was a clash. It seems its no longer the case. A nonsense. Southampton in red and we change to white. WE PLAY IN YELLOW please.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • LYB, you are a genius.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I think the simple explanation might just be the travel given that we fly to a lot of the away games now. Other times we go the day before. And I know the travel time is not too long but sometimes it can just be that the players are more relaxed in home matches because they just come individually from there own homes, so it could just be a psychological thing that they are focussed on the match for too long. This shouldnt really be the case but if it is then it could possibly be helped by bringing in a Sports psychologist because in some instances they do work, although I for one dont like them personally but every individual is different. it may help some of them focus better

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    GPL

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • That sounds like Nogdam End`s premier saloon, Steely. I think the Billy-Bob protagonist is a bit above that sort of redneck stuff. An intellectual, I suspect.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Good name for a real ale that...Bill Punton's Screamer. Are you coming on Tuesday, Lincs? I assume you do live in Lincs and would have to negotiate the endless purgatory which is the A17, so it's probably a lot to ask to watch a load of sad old gits (and Brewer) reminiscing about Newmarket Road and the Nest. Still, we could do with a good stato, if only to ensure we get our facts right. If I spot someone with an Almanack under his arm instead of the EDP, I'll know it's you.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Glad you added "in recent times" Cecil re most exciting season being PL taking us to PL. What added to the excitement was how low we had sunk before achieving mission impossible. Was it better than Mike Walker and that amazing 3rd place in the PL? Incisive counter attacking football, rubbing shoulders with the big boys. No champions league back then but we still had our Euro glory to come. I still look back with affection on my first season supporting the Canaries, the 5859 season, div 3 south team reaching cup semis. Steam train ride from Lowestoft to London for the drawn tie(at Tottenham) crammed with supporters singing On the Ball resonating the length of the train. Promotion the following season and some distant memory of Bill Punton scoring a screamer. Must give up on the red wine, turns me a tad maudlin.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Hi LincsCan. There was a hilarious parody of the duelling banjo thing in an episode of Father Ted. Out here in the `sticks` it really is hillbilly\redneck territory. The Wild East. Places like the Plasterer`s in Gotham City are the height of sophistication by comparison. Attendees of Fagen`s soirée will be able to check out Mattias`s Hot Dog stand under the flyover. How can Matt be there simultaneously with ladling out Luciano`s lunch at Colney? I realise Time Lords have two hearts, but always believed them to be in but one body. Or is he a sort of `Holy Trinity` of Time Lords? One in Anglia Square, one in Colney and one in The Cayman Quadrangle, or possibly The Manila Envelope? He should rebrand the Anglia Square operation Billy-Bob`s Burger Bonanza. A bit Ponderosa, maybe? Soon be Easter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • I blame using the away kit and suspect that the players do not recognise each other in white. I suggest we try the traditional yellow this weekend then we may have a chance.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I think manager's tend to quote a higher number of points for safety than is usually the case. Just to cover their backsides. I think 35 points with a decent goal difference or 36 points without will be enough. I notice Sunderland's games in hand are away tonight at L'pool and away at Man City.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Or even poorochets..

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • 58\59. Golden Days at River End... Good win for Trawlerboys on Tue, Lincs. I loved the smell of those steam engines at Thorpe Station.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Hughton could be a lucky manager. Norwich fans are sad spectators. I might revert to my initial opinion:- Hughton`s here for the long haul. The football will be drab, but, hey, it`s a way of using up a day. Better than being at home for most fans. Gardening, decorating, playing with the kids - all that nightmarish stuff. Quite apart from the 40-something puddings who still live with Mum.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Glad you added "in recent times" Cecil re most exciting season being PL taking us to PL. What added to the excitement was how low we had sunk before achieving mission impossible. Was it better than Mike Walker and that amazing 3rd place in the PL? Incisive counter attacking football, rubbing shoulders with the big boys. No champions league back then but we still had our Euro glory to come. I still look back with affection on my first season supporting the Canaries, the 5859 season, div 3 south team reaching cup semis. Steam train ride from Lowestoft to London for the drawn tie(at Tottenham) crammed with supporters singing On the Ball resonating the length of the train. Promotion the following season and some distant memory of Bill Punton scoring a screamer. Must give up on the red wine, turns me a tad maudlin.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • There is no mumbo jumbo reason for City being so poor away from home. They lose because they play like c....p. More effort and fight with maybe the strikers actually scoring a goal and the problem will be solved. The home record is far better than the away one but still plenty of room for improvement.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Cecil, you know you are beiing a tease there. If LYB is a genius, then Einstein stacked shelves at Makro. Uncertainly. Sports psychologists? Charlatans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • The plasterers is a bit "local" for me. When you walk in a guy starts playing a banjo and "billy-bob" in the corner loads his shotgun.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • As a team-building exercise and to break the away-team hoodoo, perhaps City should turnout in the dressed in the latest Twitter-hashtag-selfie craze, starkers apart from a c*ck -in-a-sock.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • boy, the fact that Swansea play in white at home but often blue and yellow away was part of my reason for suggesting that we change our away kit plans for the coming game but that was obviously lost on you. I am totally at a loss as to why you should mention the goal Goss gotas I cannot even remember that one, however as I actually voted for Rosario's wonder goal of the season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Prediction. Any team achieving 38 points this season will finish 12-13th place. Just a feeling ;)! 36points should do it but it will be tight!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • The statement shows that the players have a mental issue when playing away. GPL mentions a sports psychologist. Maybe, anything's worth a go. However it's all a bit late now. We have 4 away games left, Swansea where we have done well in recent past, then Fulham, ManU and Chelsea, where we have done badly (don't know what the psychologist would make of our phobias re Fulham). Tettey says 2 wins and a draw should do it. I agree but can't see one of those wins coming away. Maybe I will be more optimistic after I've seen my shrink.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • We use to. That stopped after Lambert left though. Infact I believe he was with us but left shortly after Hughtons arrival to link back up with Lambert at Villa. Points wise I honestly believe 36 points could keep us up this season. Its not a nice way to live and its dependant on others not picking up surprising results but quite possible. Im hoping we get more than my estimated 36 points though! Must win at home against WBA and then a point somewhere else (Swansea away? or even one of the big boys in the run at the end that nobody expects us to get anything from). Anything more is a massive bonus in my eyes. Heck, last game of the season if AFC are guarenteed 4th place and technically have nothing to play for (by their qualification for Champs league is all that matters attitude) they may have one eye on the cup which could see us pull off a shock win. (wow im being positive today!)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • It probably is a mental thing over anything else - but it also goes both ways. Other teams play better when they're at home too - which makes playing them away a bit easier. Now, I enjoyed Saturday as much as the next man, but Sunderland were rubbish - I suspect they would have played better if they were at home.

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    PutneyCanary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I'm pretty sure Swansea would have something to say about it if we wanted to wear white. We have to have an way kit, this season it's white. I know that scares you but this is 21st century football.

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Message for Steady On and ncfc boy, next week's rendez-vous at the Plasterers has been cancelled, so, if you were planning to attend, don't bother.

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    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • We use to. That stopped after Lambert left though. Infact I believe he was with us but left shortly after Hughtons arrival to link back up with Lambert at Villa. Points wise I honestly believe 36 points could keep us up this season. Its not a nice way to live and its dependant on others not picking up surprising results but quite possible. Im hoping we get more than my estimated 36 points though! Must win at home against WBA and then a point somewhere else (Swansea away? or even one of the big boys in the run at the end that nobody expects us to get anything from). Anything more is a massive bonus in my eyes. Heck, last game of the season if Arsenal are guarenteed 4th place and technically have nothing to play for (by their qualification for Champs league is all that matters attitude) they may have one eye on the cup which could see us pull off a shock win. (wow im being positive today!)

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • What are you implying, Mattias? You rascal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I am sure we use that away kit because it encourages further shirt sales. Can't think of any other reason because in my eyes it is just awful. Technically we could (and should) play in our usual strip for just about every home and away games because our colours don't clash with other teams. As ever it is now down to marketing and money.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Hi LincsCan. There was a hilarious parody of the duelling banjo thing in an episode of Father Ted. Out here in the `sticks` it really is hillbilly\redneck territory. The Wild East. Places like the Plasterer`s in Gotham City are the height of sophistication by comparison. Attendees of Fagen`s soirée will be able to check out Mattias`s Hot Dog stand under the flyover. How can Matt be there simultaneously with ladling out Luciano`s lunch at Colney? I realise Time Lords have two hearts, but always believed them to be in but one body. Or is he a sort of `Holy Trinity` of Time Lords? One in Anglia Square, one in Colney and one in The Cayman Quadrangle, or possibly The Manila Envelope? He should rebrand the Anglia Square operation Billy-Bob`s Burger Bonanza. A bit Ponderosa, maybe? Soon be Easter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Does 'Billy-Bob' really exist ? Sounds like the sort of bloke in those American movies where the good guy walks into a bar, everything stops and all the lads playing pool and those propping up the bar turn round and give him daggers. 'Billy-Bob' is probably not the good guy. Anyway his name is a useful addition to the comment boards for us to use.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • People often talk about how we set up 'negatively' away from home, yet the facts don't actually bear that out if you look at our formations and player selections home and away over the course of the season. GPL's absolutely right, the disparity between being the 8th most successful team in the league at home and 19th away from home has to be primarily psychological, in which case you have to ask, if we haven't got a quality sports psychologist in on it already then we certainly should have.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • 2 wins and a draw would do it, although so would 1 win and 4 draws.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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