Norwich City were well beaten away at Middlesbrough last night.
They were never at the races as they conceded routinely in a 4-0 win, which gave them a mountain to climb as they looked to try and get back into the game.
Norwich boss Neil Adams was left with no choice after the game than to admit the result was a fair reflection of the game, suggesting the Canaries simply weren’t good enough against a very solid and experienced Championship side.
“We got what we deserved. No excuses. It wasn’t good enough, at all,” said Adams.
“We started okay, had quite a lot of the ball early on but the manner of the goals we conceded were not good enough. We didn’t look like we could get into the game.”
“Without a doubt that is the worst I have seen and the worst I have felt since taking over. It is a heavy defeat and there are not many positives at all.”
The best approach for Norwich could be to forget about the game and move on.
This weekend presents another difficult challenge as Norwich go to Nottingham Forest and look to get three points against a side battling to stop their slide down the Championship table.
A win should be enough to put Norwich back in the play-off places, which is where they will be looking to consolidate for most of the season.
Adams, and certainly the travelling fans, will be hoping it’s not a case of two bad defeats on the bounce, which can lead to self-doubt and a lack of confidence leaking into the team which does no good at all.
Here’s what Norwich City fans on Twitter had to say about the performance and result.
Poor performance by norwich tonight, playing against a team 2nd won't be easy but Adams needs to change things around #OTBC— Max Broughton (@Maxiboy178) November 4, 2014
Don't give me the "it was the same 11 who beat Bolton" line. Woeful Bolton & Boro are totally dif things. Must improve. #ncfc— Matt Johnson (@mattjohnson333) November 5, 2014
According to Norwich manager Neil Adams there wasn't much in it & BORO did the basics better. The basics being able to count to 4 [FOUR].— thepinkponce (@thepinkponce) November 4, 2014
Neil Adams: "Middlesbrough deserved to win." And I was hoping it was one of those evenly balanced 4-0 thumpings. #ncfc— Chris Osborne (@chrisozz) November 4, 2014
The issue is... Not ONE of us - not you, not me, not even Neil Adams...knows our best side.— Jon Rogers (@BigGrantHolt) November 4, 2014
Pressure mounting on Neil Adams now. Tactically not at the races and there's players out on loan who are better than what we have starting.— Ben (@nelsonben) November 4, 2014