David Wagner labelled Norwich City’s spirited League Cup 2-1 exit at Premier League Fulham on Wednesday as the first instalment on Plymouth payback to the Canaries’ fans.

City’s 6-2 mauling at Home Park marked a humiliating Championship low, but a much-changed line up pushed the Cottagers all the way.

Borja Sainz scored on his senior debut, while young centre back Jaden Warner also impressed on his debut.

Wagner wants to carry on in the same vein against Birmingham City at Carrow Road this weekend.

“We let our supporters down on Saturday. We were supported in big numbers again,” said the German, with 2,400 in attendance at Craven Cottage. “The away support was just great and it was good they were able to see that was a one-off on Saturday.

"At least performance-wise, we are back on track, or on the way back, and we have to make sure we back this up against Birmingham and get the three points.

“You are never happy when you concede a defeat. But how the players responded after Saturday, both in terms of result and performance, which was as bad as, well I don’t have the right words to describe that, but it was great.

"Good to see if we play to our structure, if we play to our principles, we are a side who can perform on a decent level.

“We can make it uncomfortable even for a Premier League side. It was nice to see that this is still the case, even if we make a lot of changes. The players know how we need to attack and how we need to defend.

“This was good to see. It gives everybody a major boost for what is now in front of us. We can’t change the past, and what we done wrong in the last Championship game. It is done. But we can change the future.

"This is the first step. The future for us is Birmingham at Carrow Road, where we want to continue what we have shown in this game. But we want to come back to the winning track.”