Cheer on the Norwich fans! Expert Mood Advice After Watford Loss



Canaries fans might feel depressed after ANOTHER Premier League loss.

Relegation talks among discouraged Norwich City fanatics escalate after the 3-1 loss to Watford at Carrow Road on Saturday.

While some may have expressed their frustrations immediately after the game, for some, the loss may take much longer to recover.

But despite the defeat, there is still reason to be happy.

Paul Wood, of Norfolk Anxiety Recovery in Bank Plain, Norwich, said he has seen fans see him with football-related issues over the years.

Norwich City captain Grant Hanley and new signing Mathias Normann sum up the mood after 3-1 Premier League loss to Watford
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“It definitely has an impact on the way people feel,” Mr. Wood said.

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The anxiety specialist said Norwich fans can overcome the club’s current rut by identifying exactly how they are feeling.

Mr Wood said: “Do we feel angry, sad, frustrated or disappointed?

“Naming what you are feeling allows you to process your feelings so that they go away quickly rather than building up and creating stress.”

A previous example was when Mr Wood was visited by a Canaries fan who stopped watching football after Norwich lost 5-0 to Brighton in 2016.

Paul Wood from Norfolk Anxiety Recovery

Paul Wood from Norfolk Anxiety Recovery
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Mr Wood said: “After talking to him we found that the pain of losing had built up after every game because he couldn’t understand what he was feeling.

“He had suppressed every loss, which made it more and more stressful to watch them lose. The feeling that he was feeling uncomfortable was sadness.”

After identifying his sadness, the client was able to watch football without the pain he had suffered previously thanks to the support of Mr. Wood.

Dr Rod Lambert, of Regain Control at Saker Close, said: “I can see where this is coming from. People care a lot about their teams.

“Something affecting the mood to that extent would be more of a problem in my opinion.”

Professor Mike Berry, registered psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society, said: “The negative side of losing football teams is unfortunately an increase in domestic violence.

“A lot of women dread the football days because if their partner’s team loses, they’ll come home in a bad mood.

“Norwich has unfortunately arrived on a glorious wave of league victory but falls short of the standards required for the Premier League.”

How do Norwich fans react to a loss?

Well-known City supporter and quiz expert David ‘Spud’ Thornhill said he has learned to cope with defeats much better than before.

Mr Thornhill said: “A loss was ruining my weekend and I wouldn’t be in the best of spirits on a Saturday night.

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David Thornhill with his Norwich City memorabilia and programs
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“Don’t get me wrong, I was still feeling a little depressed on Saturday, but it was nowhere near as bad as it was 20 years ago.

“It helps to have a baby girl to change my mood.”

Robin Sainty, chairman of the Canaries Trust, said Covid had helped change his attitude and he felt grateful to be able to watch football live again regardless of the outcome.

Canaries Trust president Robin Sainty called the club's ranking a

Robin sainty
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He added: “People react in different ways, but at the end of the day it’s just a football game. When people die every day, it brings a kind of perspective.”


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