Norwich boss Dean Smith: Critics ignore our injury list

Norwich City boss Dean Smith insists they’ve been “unfairly criticised” given their long injury list.

Norwich were without 11 players for their last clash of 2021 but Tim Krul, Grant Hanley, Milot Rashica and Teemu Pukki all returned in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Charlton which halted the club’s five-match losing streak that including a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal on Boxing Day.

“I feel we have been a little bit unfairly criticised in the last three (league) games where our squad has been decimated,” Smith said.

“I think there is a slight ignorance about the football club from people outside of Norfolk and Norwich.

“I look at Liverpool last season and they were struggling to make the top four.

“They lost (Virgil) Van Dijk, they lost Alisson (Becker), they lost Joe Gomez and a couple of others. We played three games where we were pretty much decimated as a squad.

“I know it is similar for a lot of other clubs as well but it is hard enough when you get promoted to win games with your best XI out there in that first season back, so with 10 or 11 players out – and eight of them probably starters – it is nigh on impossible.

“Sometimes context and perspective have to be put on some results and I thought the criticism of a couple of our results was over the top.”

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