Smith: ‘6/10s throughout the pitch’ not enough to win in Prem


Norwich boss Dean Smith had no complaints after his side were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Southampton on Friday night.

The Saints won the game thanks to goals from Che Adams and Oriol Romeu as the Canaries remain bottom of the Premier League.

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Smith accepted that it was a “difficult night” whilst saying you cannot expect to win in the top-flight with a team full of 6/10 performances.

He told Sky Sports (quotes via BBC Sport): “It was a difficult night. In the first half we gave the ball away too cheaply. We didn’t play with the quality we can go. When you get 6/10s throughout the pitch you won’t win a game in the Premier League.

“We had to pin their centre-backs and full-backs because they had too much ball in our half. We went two up front to change it round. The subs made an impact. Southampton are a high pressing team and their numbers drop off. We knew we’d get some joy in the second half.

“It’s been a disappointment tonight because so many players played below the standards they have played. It’s frustrating. Southampton are a very good team that recently held Man City and only lost once at home this season. They played well tonight.

“At this moment we are just concentrating on our next game. We don’t know where the league table will be in five or six games.”

Speaking to Match of the Day, Smith added: “The better team won on the night, we can’t argue with that. If we only have six or seven-out-of-10 performances we won’t win games in the Premier League.

“We played in front of their press too often. We gave the ball away too often and that was our downfall. If you keep giving the ball away you’re not going to get many touches. We got better and we knew we’d get chances towards the end but a great strike has taken it away from us at the end.

“I don’t know how many points we’re going to need. All I’m worried about is the next game and however the league looks at the end we just want to be out of the bottom three.”

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