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
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.”