Norwich City latest news: 'Psychological baggage' has been lifted at Carrow Road

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke

Norwich City's players are to blame for their underwhelming start to the season and not boss Daniel Farke, according to journalist Stuart Hodge.

The Canaries currently find themselves rooted to the foot of the Premier League standings.

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Norwich sealed an immediate return to the Premier League after fighting off stiff competition to claim the Championship title last season.

But life back in the top tier has not gone to plan so far, with Farke's side still searching for their first Premier League win of the campaign ahead of a tough-looking trip to Chelsea this weekend.

Only Newcastle United have conceded more goals than the newly-promoted outfit, while Finland international striker Teemu Pukki is the Canaries' sole goalscorer after finding the back of the net twice.

Farke launched a passionate defence of his players last month as they remained without a single point.

The German, who was rewarded for sealing promotion by clinching a four-year contract extension during the summer, has also admitted he is under pressure to deliver results.

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What has Stuart Hodge said about Norwich's situation?

Hodge believes Norwich's players suffered psychologically after being condemned to six consecutive Premier League defeats prior to back-to-back goalless draws against Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion.

While a lot of the criticism has been levelled at the Canaries' defence, the journalist reckons the Norfolk club's attacking-minded players have to shoulder some of the responsibility for the disappointing start to the campaign.

Hodge insists those on the pitch should be criticised and not Farke.

He told GIVEMESPORT: "I think the players have under-performed.

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"I think the psychological baggage of the run was weighing on some of the players but even a point relieves that.

"Most of the criticism was being pointed at the defence because of the amount of goals that were being leaked, but they need to start scoring goals again.

"I think they've got to stop them going in at the other end otherwise you're undoing any positive work you might do going forward anyway."

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Are there parallels with Norwich's last season in the Premier League?

Worryingly for Canaries fans, yes. Like this season, the Canaries went on lengthy losing streaks in the 2019/20 campaign and ended the term with 10 losses on the bounce.

They struggled for goals and were leaky in defence on that occasion too, scoring just 26 times and conceding 75.

Their relegation was confirmed after Michail Antonio struck four goals in a 4-0 West Ham United win at Carrow Road in July 2020.

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