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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins provides Ben Sheaf update and reflects on defeat at Carrow Road

The Manager gives his assessment of today's events...

3 February 2024

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins provides Ben Sheaf update and reflects on defeat at Carrow Road

The Manager gives his assessment of today's events...

3 February 2024

Speaking after the final whistle, Mark Robins confirmed he will be without Ben Sheaf for six to eight weeks.

Sheaf picked up a hamstring injury against Bristol City earlier in the week and results from that show the midfielder could miss the next two months.

Robins was speaking after his side fell to a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road, after the Canaries came from behind, following Callum O’Hare’s opening goal/

 

The update on Ben Sheaf…

“Ben will be out for six to eight weeks. It’s disappointing but it is what it is.”

 

Reflecting on the game…

“You get a sending off against any team and it can cost you. We had the sending off and we go down to ten men but in-between that, we have the best two chances of the game.

“One from Haji Wright and then the other from Kasey Palmer and along with that we played good football before and after we went down to ten men.

“From our perspective I’m gutted for them because they put in a lot of hard work for no points at the end of it.

“There are positives there and you’re going to win some and you’re going to lose some and we’re hurting.

“I’m not happy with the way things have panned out today, we didn’t deserve the defeat that’s for sure.”

 

The start to the second half…

“I thought the second half we were better than the first half. We made some strange decisions in the first half and chose to press when we shouldn’t have done and backed away when we needed to be engaged and that gave them some encouragement.

“It’s never an easy game here because they have top players and josh Sargent is a top player and if you give him half a yard or a sniff at goal its normally in the back of the net.

“They have runners from midfield and all talented players as you would expect and however, we managed it we were 0-0 at half-time where we gave them too much respect at times.

“When we came out for the second half we were on top and the move for the goal was brilliant and it’s a great finish from Callum.”

 

Chances to extend that lead…

“Haji does everything right, he just doesn’t hit it hard enough and it hit’s their goalkeepers legs and it gives him that chance to save it.

“If that’s them it’s in the far corner, we just missed the far corner, there’s no criticism that’s just how it is.

“Kasey’s move is brilliant play, there’s some really good first time passing, and he gets in a really good position to score, and he strikes that but the ‘keeper makes the save.”

 

Liam Kitching’s suspension…

“Liam will be out for two. It’s a one game ban for the denial of a goal scoring opportunity and then an extra game for the previous red card earlier in the season.”

 

 


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