Ivo Pinto takes his share of the blame for the circus at Norwich City
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Ivo Pinto has labelled Norwich City's Championship tailspin 'crazy'.
The Portuguese defender, speaking prior to Alex Neil’s dismissal on Friday night, admitted the Canaries had massively fallen short of their own pre-season expectations.
Norwich go into Saturday’s Carrow Road test against struggling Blackburn nine points from sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.
“The expectations were really high for us,” he said. “Not just from the media or the supporters but in our dressing room as well. We expected to go up to the Premier and when you look at the Championship now and the points we have and the goals we have conceded it is a joke. If you ask me in the beginning of the season if it would be like this I would call you ‘crazy’.
“It is the truth. I am being honest. We cannot explain why we are losing so many matches with the quality of our players. It is hard to explain to the supporters. I don’t know. It is about little things, big things but as football players you just have to make sure what is in the past stays there. Week after week if you are still making mistakes it is obvious your confidence will not be in the top level. You just have to work and continue to believe.”
Pinto accepts his share of the blame for a woeful away defensive record. Only Rotherham United have shipped more than Norwich’s 38 goals away from Carrow Road.
“I can’t say it is only me making a mistake or one of the other lads because we play as a team and we are all responsible,” he said. “I cannot explain why. If you are giving them chances to make 20 crosses into your box then you are giving them 20 chances to make one goal. If you can give them just 10 crosses then you stand a better chance and in the box you have to defend your area and be better than your man. When you lose you have not done your job.
“It is not possible to think a player does not go to the pitch and give everything he has. Although things are not in the best way at present it is about pride and showing you can do better. It is not about one game, it is about the club. If you are not going to the play-offs then at least give everything you can to show the people you want to be here and help the team.
“You can lose but give everything you can and then you go home disappointed but not frustrated that you didn’t give everything you can.”