Grant Hanley responds to Norwich City supporter backlash following 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers
Grant Hanley has responded to criticism from Norwich City fans following the team’s recent defeat on Saturday night.
The Canaries lost 2-0 to promotion rivals Blackburn Rovers and lost ground in the race for the top two spots.
They are now six points behind second-placed Sheffield United, one game more than the Blades, who face Wigan Athletic on Monday.
But the Scot has claimed fans have every reason to be disappointed with the team’s results so far this season.
He claimed that it’s up to the team to improve their situation as they want direct promotion to the Premier League.
speaking about the pink and Commenting on the result and the reaction from Norwich fans, Hanley said: “It’s been like this for too long and too often this season.
“Of course it hurts. It’s not where we want to be. This is our life and what we sacrificed everything for.
“We want to be successful and we know we can be successful at this level. Everyone in the locker room is hurt. It’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to react and do better.
“It is understandable what comes from the supporters. If I were a fan and my team were on the pitch, I would probably feel the same way.
“It’s up to us to change the performances and the momentum. We have to get the fans back on the side.”
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Norwich now have those outside the play-off places on their tails after reaching halfway point in the Championship campaign.
The gap to 7th place is now just one point in the busy Christmas calendar, with Dean Smith also coming under increasing pressure in relation to his managerial position.
Next up for the Canary Islands is an away game against Luton Town on December 26th.
This isn’t exactly where Norwich expected at mid-season, as the gap between them and United and Burnley was just too great for fans.
The mood in the club is pretty bad after the defeat and only good results can turn things around now.
Those next few games could be huge for their season as Smith’s position now appears to be in jeopardy.
Another loss in Luton could be the last straw, so it’s up to Hanley and his team-mates to prove their togetherness on Monday whether or not they’re still ready to fight for Smith.