Nor­wich handed a harsh les­son

Away form is a con­cern as in­juries take their toll Woods brace se­cures an easy 2-0 win for Burnley

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The Premier League is a harsh school and Daniel Farke knows his Nor­wich City team must shape up quickly away from home if the sea­son is not to be­come one of des­per­ate strug­gle.

Seven days af­ter their sen­sa­tional win over Manch­ester City at Car­row Road, they were con­vinc­ingly beaten 2-0 by Burnley.

It was a third de­feat out of three on the road, with eight goals con­ceded and only one scored. Throw in a loss at League Two Craw­ley Town and the temp­ta­tion is to sug­gest the Ca­naries have a prob­lem as soon as they leave Nor­folk.

Per­haps it is for the vary­ing tests at ev­ery top-flight venue that Nor­wich’s lack of ex­pe­ri­ence will re­ally hit home. Of the out­field play­ers who started at Turf Moor, all bar cap­tain Alex Tettey and right-back Sam Byram are play­ing in the Premier League for the first time this sea­son. While Todd Cantwell, Ben God­frey and Ja­mal Lewis, all key fig­ures in their Cham­pi­onship Aug 9 Liver­pool 4 Nor­wich 1 (PL) Aug 27 Craw­ley 1 Nor­wich 0 (EFL Cup) Aug 31 West Ham 2 Nor­wich 0 (PL) Sept 21 Burnley 2 Nor­wich 0

Nor­wich have al­ready lost more away matches this cam­paign than they did over the whole of last sea­son, when they were a Cham­pi­onship side. suc­cess last sea­son, are still only 21 and learn­ing the ropes. So with Tettey limp­ing off early, Farke was right to point to a lack of lead­ers on the field as they tried to re­cover from Chris Wood’s two early goals which de­cided the game.

A mus­cle in­jury for Tettey adds to Nor­wich’s ex­ten­sive list, but Farke ad­mits that they have to find the an­swer to their away woes be­fore they visit Crys­tal Palace on Satur­day.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion be­cause we have so many in­jured play­ers, es­pe­cially in de­fence,” said the Ger­man man­ager. “But it makes no sense to cry or com­plain or ask for help. We must go on with the tools we have and try to find some solutions to win points in our next away game. This is what we have to face, this is the re­al­ity. We have un­be­liev­ably young lads who some­times need to learn some lessons.”

Burnley man­ager Sean Dy­che has twice been in this po­si­tion with the Clarets as the top-flight new boys, but now they are in their fourth sea­son at this level.

They have taken 36 points from their last 25 league games stretch­ing back to Box­ing Day, but Dy­che is driv­ing his play­ers on with a mix of hu­mil­ity and hunger.

“We can’t take any­thing for granted,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing is a chal­lenge but that gives us an edge and when we play with that edge, I think we’re a strong side.”

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