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Dean Smith begs Norwich fans to stop singing sarcastic songs during matches

Dean Smith begs Norwich City fans to stop singing sarcastic songs during matches as it isn’t helping their bid for survival.

The Canaries manager admits he doesn’t appreciate making light humour out of their lack of goals with one of the chants being ‘lets pretend we scored a goal’.

A dismal run of results in December saw Norwich go through five Premier League defeats without finding the back of the net.

Supporters have become so impatient with their side’s lack of firepower and produced ironic celebrations during their 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace.

This was the same attitude at the weekend as Norwich struggled to break down League One outfit Charlton Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup.

However, they did manage to finally break the goal drought as Norwich’s Milot Rashica popped up to score the winner in a 1-0 win with full time approaching.

The Premier League side’s form in front of goal in the league has been beyond woeful this season as they awkwardly remain the only club within the top seven tiers of English football yet to hit double figures.

Teemu Pukki has netted in five of their eight Premier League goals so far, while Grant Hanley, Andrew Omobamidele and Mathias Normann have one each.

They haven’t been helped in recent weeks by a Covid outbreak and injury that has seen as many as ten of their first-team players ruled out at one stage.

However Smith has since encouraged fans to put a stop to the sarcastic chants and to get behind his team.

“We’re working hard,” he said. “I can be honest and say I don’t like the sarcasm from our own fans. We need to be together in this fight to stay in the league.

“There are reasons for our performances and results in the previous three Premier League games and we need our supporters to be with us as well.

“I know at times there is only a minority but I would ask them to refrain from that and get behind us and hopefully we can give them something to shout about.

“It was only three games ago I was told by Norwich fans that our performance against Manchester United was up there with the top performances.

“Hopefully we can get back there and together with the supporters we can be pulling in the same direction.”

Twitter users reacted while Dean Smith begs Norwich fans to stop singing sarcastic songs during matches…

@DannyKendall15: I thought it was funny tbh.

@cathbaseyfisher: Dean smith shouldn’t have made the move here if he didn’t understand that Norfolk is based on sarcasm and dry banter! Bloody love that about all Norwich fans. We are rubbish. Dean needs to suck it up really

@87mhj: It was funny at Palace but got boring very quickly at Charlton.

@EjCuffey: Don’t be shite then

@NCFC147: maybe if the fans were given a reason to be positive they’d act it

@hoggett_louis: Not the first time the fans have been called out this season, maybe don’t condemn the fans that pay every week to go and instead put in performances to get behind

@D_Rens180: I don’t like us being the embarrassment of the country, i don’t like that we are looking likely to set a record of lowest ever goals scored. I don’t like that we have no plans to sign any forwards despite only scoring 8 goals after 19 games

@PrieneV: We don’t like the entire month without a goal tbf

@TyneTheory: Dean Smith calling the Norwich fans ignorant? It was just a bit of banter, get the stick out your arse. Can’t see an upturn in form if he’s resorted to pointing the finger at fans. #PremierLeague #NCFC

@gudfela5: Fans won’t get frustrated if we actually perform. Fans won’t be frustrated if we know everything that can be done to stay in the league is being done.

@PeekyNCFC: Fans know the difference between a poor spell and a team not fighting tooth and nail. It isn’t aimed at Dean Smith but our Premier League attempts over the years speak for themselves.

@GibJones1974: Maybe we the fans are more than a little fed up that once promoted we simply can’t ever compete. I feel we’ve been a more than tolerant fan base over the years, don’t bite the hand that feeds you

@TwitchyTerryTV: I mean i would urge some better performances 😂😂

@MustTryHarder10: As well as sarcasm being a valid outlet for frustration given the performances, I think Dean should recognise another point. People spend £100s on an away trip, and they want to enjoy it. And if the only way of having fun at the match is pretending we’ve scored, fair play

@willgranty: £48 pound to see Arsenal at home for an adult when’s there’s next to know fight! But back the boys as they are trying their best. No way are they :/

@julescook: The fans have been behind the team since August. Now in January, bottom, all stats are shambolic and now no recruitment in the window. I don’t think the fans are the ones to be criticised

@RobsonGSummers: Can someone explain to him that when the club are charging £43 a game fans are entitled to be sarcastic & show there anger towards the performances. They have been embarrassing. #ncfc

@kieran_wwe: I’m sick of hearing excuses oh we have injuries, oh our best players can’t play well I’m sure as you know Dean the whole squad should be capable of doing a job and not many of them can so when your team starts delivering on the pitch then we will be less sarcastic

@ArcanePirate: It’s NEVER the fans fault, he needs to own his team’s poor performances. He doesn’t like a few sarcastic chants! I don’t like watching the team I love go a whole month with no wins, goals or points! Don’t turn on the fans, were in this for the long haul – Not just a payday #NCFC

@canarynorwich: Well it’s because here we go again another failure in the premier at least last time up until the covid break we played good football now we look poor and you can’t see a style of play tough times ahead

@TheSman187: Do you actually think the reason we’re shit is down to sarcasm? You’re right, there are reasons for our performances recently. THEY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Also, if you pay for a ticket you’re entitled to say whatever you bloody well like as long as its not abusive. Grow up.

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