Nor­wich legends round on ‘gut­less’ play­ers af­ter record fifth rel­e­ga­tion

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Total Football - By Jon West

An­to­nio 11, 45+1, 54, 74

The for­mer play­ers turned pun­dits did not hold back in their crit­i­cism of Nor­wich City af­ter their rel­e­ga­tion was con­firmed.

Chris Sut­ton de­scribed Nor­wich’s dis­play as “gut­less”; for Dion Dublin, it was “em­bar­rass­ing”. Dean Ash­ton de­clared Daniel Farke and his play­ers had “not learnt all sea­son”, while Robert Green’s lament was that they were “too nice”.

For Dar­ren Eadie, the red flags had been flap­ping in the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son, when Nor­wich went up as cham­pi­ons hav­ing con­ceded 57 goals.

Con­fir­ma­tion that they would be back there for 2020-21 had the statis­ti­cians revving up as well: a sev­enth straight de­feat con­firmed an un­prece­dented fifth Pre­mier League de­mo­tion. Not once had Nor­wich gained a point af­ter go­ing be­hind and they re­main on course for the fewest away goals in the Pre­mier League era.

Michail An­to­nio scored all four for West Ham – the first time a player had done so for the club since David Cross against Tot­ten­ham in 1981 – as David Moyes’s team moved to the brink of safety.

Farke, as he has done so many times this sea­son, pa­tiently ex­plained af­ter­wards that Nor­wich never re­ally had a re­al­is­tic chance of stay­ing up once the board had

Nor­wich have lost 24 PL games this sea­son – the most in their his­tory

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