Naismith: Lack of communication cost Canaries

Date published: Monday 25th January 2016 2:59

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New boy Steven Naismith believes Norwich must communicate better and defend as a unit following the 5-4 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.

Naismith marked his debut with a goal as the Canaries took a 3-1 lead at Carrow Road before Liverpool rallied to go 4-3 ahead. Sebastien Bassong drove home from outside the box in added time to make it 4-4, only for Adam Lallana to pounce in the 95th minute to give the Reds a thrilling victory.

Manager Alex Neil admitted Norwich made some “extremely poor decisions” and Naismith agrees that the team should be more vocal and better organised.

“I think if we’d have had a bit more communication within the team we maybe hold that 3-1 lead longer which makes Liverpool a bit more nervous,” Naismith told BBC Radio Norfolk.

“That’s probably the biggest thing we will be disappointed with.”

“A lot of people will look at the defence, but it’s the whole way through the team. They passed the ball through us far too easily at times and that’s something we need to improve on as a team if we want to pick up results.”

The defeat left Norwich just one place above the relegation zone.

“When you lose that many goals in a game, [communication] is going to play its part in why it’s happening.

“I’ve only been here a few days, but what I’ve seen in that short time is there’s a lot of quality that can go forward and I think we showed that with the goals scored.”

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