Norwich City 0-3 Southampton
Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke insists his team can still pull off the great escape - despite suffering a sobering 3-0 defeat to Southampton on their first game back of football's resumption.
The Canaries were well short of their best at Carrow Road in the first of their remaining nine Premier League games, and were deservedly swept aside by the impressive visitors.
After a goalless first-half, two quickfire goals from Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong shortly after the break put the Saints in control, before former Norwich winger Nathan Redmond added further salt into the wounds late on.
The result means Norwich remain six points adrift of safety, but that gap could grow even bigger by the end of Saturday once the other teams fighting relegation have played their fixtures.
Norwich, who looked lethargic and lacking in motivation without the backing of their fans, will now have to pick themselves up for another home game against Everton in midweek.
Before the Southampton clash, Farke said his team needed to win five of their remaining games to have any hope of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship, and despite the worst possible start, he still believes survival is a possibility.
"We wouldn't dance on the table after a win and also it's not like there's an option for us to give up after a losing today. I think because of the second-half today we have to accept the loss and that's what we do," he said.
“We have to get the belief back. If you start on the front foot you have to score and the momentum changes. With so many key defensive players injured we have to go this way."