Whitbread not panicking

Centre-back aware of the importance of defeating Wigan

Zak Whitbread: Norwich have equalled a record of 28 successive away games without a clean sheet

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Norwich defender Zak Whitbread has played down premature suggestions the club are in crisis and could be sucked into the Premier League relegation fight.

Paul Lambert's Carrow Road club have earned widespread acclaim after securing back-to-back promotions and taking the top flight by storm.

But Saturday's defeat at Stoke equalled a Premier League record of 28 successive away games without a clean sheet and they have also lost two matches in a row.

Norwich have dropped into the bottom half of the table as a result and next Sunday face a home game against rock-bottom Wigan.


Anything less than three points would add to murmurs of a late slide towards relegation, and Whitbread said in the Daily Star: "It's a massive game and we need to win that.

"We have to learn from Saturday and see what we did wrong - and how we can amend that.

"It had 0-0 written all over it. We are disappointed, because we only came into the game when they scored.

"You know what you are getting with Stoke. We are disappointed with the goal, which was soft.

"It is not a crisis, we just need to focus on our next game. Wigan are fighting for their lives and we have to try and get a result."