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No surrender from Vrancic

9th December 2019, 13:23 by Jack Ogalbe

Mario Vrancic is refusing to give up on Norwich's season, saying there is no way his team will be "surrendering" their survival hopes.

Vrancic returned from injury to make his first start in the Premier League on Sunday but was powerless as the Canaries went down 2-1 at home to Sheffield United.

Alex Tettey opened the scoring for the Canaries in the first half, only for that strike to be cancelled out by second half efforts from Enda Stevens and George Baldock.

Not for the first time, VAR was again at the heart of the post-match debate after Chris Basham’s red card for a strong challenge on Kenny McLean was overturned but while it was another three points for the Blades, their fellow newly-promoted side are in trouble.

Sunday’s result keeps Daniel Farke’s men in the relegation places, four points from safety and in danger of being cut adrift alongside Watford at the bottom of the table.

Norwich made a strong start to the campaign, beating Newcastle and Manchester City at home but have just one win to their name since defeating the Citizens on September 14.

They now face arguably the most daunting trip in the Premier League, with high-flying Leicester next up and the Foxes aiming to extend their club-record winning run to nine top-flight matches.

Everything is going right for the 2015-16 champions and they will be confident of taking all three points against the Norfolk side in their bid to keep a semblance of pressure on leaders Liverpool.

Vrancic admits times are tough for his team but has vowed to ensure no-one at Carrow Road loses belief in their survival fight.

“We’re going to analyse that game and prepare ourselves for Leicester,” he told the club website. “There’s no point in giving up or surrendering.

“We need to improve certain things to get back the good results.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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