Grant furious after defeat
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Norwich boss Peter Grant was left fuming after his side were beaten 2-1 by Derby.
Norwich boss Peter Grant was left fuming after his side were beaten 2-1 by high-flying Derby on Tuesday night at Carrow Road.
Norwich had taken a lead through young striker Chris Martin before two superb strikes from David Jones gave the visitors an important victory.
Grant was particularly angry with his side's defending as he had singled Jones out as the danger man in his half-time team talk.
"I must have had a crystal ball at half-time because I said to the players that the only way Derby were going to get back into it was if we gave Jones space on the edge of the area," he said.
"Lo and behold, we went to sleep at a throw-in to give him just that chance and suddenly they're back at 1-1 after we had had 95 per cent of the play.
"Frustrated isn't enough to describe how I felt when that one went in. I would have to watch my language if I was to tell you exactly how I felt.
"You've got to stand up and be counted and do the little things in the game properly. We didn't and that's why we are where we are in the table and Derby are right near the top."
He was also incensed by a refereeing decision that saw a second Martin goal ruled out for offside.
Darren Huckerby had been brought down by Dean Leacock, but the referee played the advantage only to see Martin's subsequent goal disallowed.
While he acknowledges that the offside decision itself may have been correct, he was furious that Leacock had not been sent off for the original infringement.
"Chris Martin might well have been offside, but as soon as that happened he should have brought the play back and awarded us a free-kick and sent their defender off because he was clearly the last man.
"I don't think there was a doubt about that.
"I was also unhappy with what happened towards the end when the Derby bench told one of their players to go down with cramp and the referee stopped the game. That's just not on.
"But in this league you haven't got time to feel sorry for yourself. You've just got to move onto the next game and that's exactly what we'll do."