Chris Hughton defends Sebastien Bassong after first half spat in Norwich City’s 4-3 Premier League defeat to Manchester City

Wes Hoolahan points out Samir Nasri's headbutt on Sebastien Bassong to referee Mike Jones. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Wes Hoolahan points out Samir Nasri's headbutt on Sebastien Bassong to referee Mike Jones. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Saturday, December 29, 2012
6:33 PM

Norwich boss Chris Hughton defended Sebastien Bassong for his part in a first half flashpoint that saw Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri red-carded for an attempted head butt in a breathless 4-3 Premier League defeat against the champions at Carrow Road.

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Bassong was yellow-carded for a strong sliding challenge that provoked an aggressive response from Nasri. The French-bred players squared up in the aftermath, before Nasri appeared to make a head butt gesture spotted by the assistant referee.

The Blues were 2-1 ahead at that stage after Edin Dzeko struck twice inside the opening five minutes before Anthony Pilkington dragged Norwich back into the game with a deflected free kick against Gael Clichy that deceived the stranded Joe Hart.

Sergio Aguero made it 3-1 to the 10-men five minutes after the break, but home captain for the day Russell Martin headed the Canaries back into the contest on 63 minutes, only for Dzeko’s strike to restore the visitors’ two-goal lead – although the goal was officially credited to keeper Mark Bunn as the shot ricocheted off his back at the near post. Martin hooked in his second with 15 minutes to go but Norwich were unable to avert a third consecutive festive defeat.

“We conceded poor goals but Manchester City showed the quality they have got,” said Hughton. “They have spent a vast amount of money on quality finishers but you cannot expect to be 2-0 down and have a good day. At 4-3 we showed a lot of character and it felt like one of those which might end up going our way. At 2-1 we needed to keep it at that score for longer. I can’t fault the character and the endeavour.

“On the sending off, there was certainly a coming together of heads and certainly a movement from (Samir) Nasri. Whether that was enough to have a sending off I don’t know. The referee obviously thought it was. Although there was a coming together, certainly from Seb there was no movement. They are decisions that a linesman can see better at the time. Was it harsh? Maybe a little and in the spirit of the game, there wasn’t too many bad challenges.”

Blues’ counterpart Roberto Mancini admitted Nasri deserved to go for his rush of blood, but Bassong should also have been dismissed in the skirmish minutes before the interval.

“Both players came forward with their heads, so if you are going to send off one, then you have to send off both, not only Samir,” said the Italian, who is already facing a Football Association probe for post-match comments towards referee Kevin Friend following the Boxing Day defeat at Sunderland. “Samir said he touched his head, okay, but the other player has done the same. The linesman has a big responsibility also, because it was not a good decision, it is incredible. You want to send off both players? Then, okay, the referee was there, he saw everything. The linesman was behind (the players), he could not see.

“We will appeal, sure. I am disappointed with Samir, and he will pay his fine, but the decision was not correct. Samir did a mistake, okay, but after why when the other player did the same thing, does he send off only one? There are two rules for different teams, and I hate this in football and cannot accept this.

“In life, there is only one rule for everyone. This season, I have seen things which are not good. For the referees, this is the most easiest thing to do, but I do not want to talk about the referees too much, because I said last time that they had a big lunch for Christmas, and I don’t know what (will happen).”

Norwich forward Grant Holt missed the thriller with a recurrence of his hamstring injury after training on Friday. Hughton confirmed afterwards he will be ‘touch and go’ for the New Year’s Day trip to West Ham. Striker Steve Morison (thigh) is also a fresh doubt after being replaced by Harry Kane before half-time on Saturday. Bradley Johnson will miss the trip to Upton Park after his fifth caution of the season.

33 comments

  • Maybe we've found our second striker,he's quick,good in the air and a fox in the box...i give you Russel Martin!!Also how can white trash get to post such pointless drivel and Canary fans get censored?

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    Hondosmith

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Bassong clearly got the ball, a great tackle! I think there was contact after the ball had ricocheted away but Nasri had clearly forgotten that football is a contact sport and, therefore, contact happens. City performing very well, very impressed however Bunns positioning is concerning. Let's hope Watson gets it sorted soon.

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    CovCanary

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Man Utd, Man Cty,Chelsea,A***nal. Any point against these guys is a bonus, so far we got 6.The points we need to stay up come from the other 30 games a season.But it would be nice to start the new year with 3 points against West Ham. Sounded like a good game on radio 5 but what went on in the first 5 minutes[of each half] gave the lads a bridge too far to cross. Almost though. If no Holty on wednesday play Kane please. or Snodgrass on the left, EBennett on the right and Pilks down the middle.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • Don't be cruel Brewer, can't you see they CanaryWest has problems keeping up? He tries to cover it by being rude, possibly thinking it'll fool people into thinking he's clever. Just thinking "the whites", is that rhyming slang?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • More irrelevant drivel from Mad Brewer.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • On the issue at hand, I thought Bassong's tackle was well timed and excellent! Nasri went down as if he had been shot and as a result of his reaction thoroughly deserved to be sent off. It was also good to see Hoots make his subs early and put on two strikers for once. On the negative side, our crossing was at times awful and I think we wasted the last 15 mins because of this. But I am so proud of our team and what they are achieving and ManC certainly didn't have it all their own way. We will only get better and I really believe that. otbc!!!

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • On an unrelated topic, that nice Mr Lambert seems to be ageing rapidly, is he concerned about something?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • DocOhNo - you must be referring to Hull City beating Leeds Utd ? Maybe look to Hull now to become our next feeder club from Yorkshire ? Aluko has banged a few goals in this season !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Did I read somewhere that the Notts Forest manager was fired the other day following a match with Leeds because scoring four goals against such weak opposition was considered a poor result?

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    waclor

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • I can't understand the unnecessary nastiness of some people posting on this site. A recent example is Dave123. You may not agree with what Mad Brewer says (I know I don't) but at least he has something to say. Do you want to discuss 2 holding players, midfield diamonds etc or do you just like abusing people?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Thought the cheese eating surrender monkey was quite a brave homme....don't think I would stick my face in the face of Basson!!!

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    tom the taxi

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Thought Nasris aim when trying to headbutt Bassong suggested he would be better sticking to football rather than scrapping.

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    goldie

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Hondosmith said it too, simultaneously and, at the same time, at the same time. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • doh too much whisky! that's don't put your team down! not own

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • thewhites....What pure filth you are spouting....please crawl back to the sewer from whence you came and stay there. 10 games on the WIN...or are you not educated enough to know that?....must you learn everything from other people...can't you read for your self?...... I think the latter......as your lack of even basic vocabulary is abundantly clear.....it's losses NOT loses...of which you obviously are!.....come from Machester do we? oh it's not swede we are famous for you know!! try sugarbeat...thas moor like ut bor.

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    FredJ

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • oops got a bit carried away with the c button

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • Sorry you don`t agree with me Doc, `cos a lot of my postings are in agreement with you! It`s not the agreeing that really matters, it`s having a civilised debate & a bit of friendly banter that counts. The vitriol I have recently drawn from two City supporters (I assume) is worse than some of the stuff the Trolls get! Just don`t read my drivel\dribble, lads. Simples.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Weren't our junior feeder club playing THE big club in Yorkshire on Saturday? I wonder how they got on? They had plucky showings against Chelsea and Forest recently I recall.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • You humourless twerp, CanaryWest. That was a dig at a very rude Leeds troll. Do try and keep up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Brewer, I disagree with you agreeing with me!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, December 31, 2012

  • Is Beccchio ready to step up to the premier club?

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • cant believe youre all still up dont you all have muck spreading to do in the moning muppets .pity their all first division player

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    thewhites

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • Pity we didn't win the last three games - we would be 5th on 34 Points by now ! Anyway, we lost three games - but the positive is we were always in with a should and only lost the the single goal against three teams in he Top Seven - so no disgrace or cause for alarm. At the beginning of the season we'd have taken 25 Points from 20 games and be placed 11th by New Year. Five more wins fro the next 18 games and we can start planning for our third PL season with an ever increasing and experienced squad. City will soon be able to deal with luxury issues, like pushing Carrow Road capacity up to 36,000 +. Happy New Year to All. OTBC ...PS: Archant please find a way to eliminate all the trolls who pollute these comments !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Tried to reply to the man who can count to 3, just. Not worth bothering again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Oops, that's in with a shout ! Maybe add a spell check function here too....

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • The next number is 4, dave. I go to as many games as I am able and have done so since 1959. If I cannot go I watch on telly or listen to Radio Norfolk. I don`t know why I`m giving you the courtesy of a reply because you are clearly a fool in the CanaryWest style. Just mind your own business, why don`t you?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Mad Brewer-Do you actually go to any Norwich Games or just spout utter dribble?

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    dave123

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Btw, anybody in the know is aware that Norfolk`s Premier crop these days is samphire. Supplying all the very twee gasto-pubs & restaurants & their green-wellied 2nd-homers. Sugar beet next, to supply the manufactures of over-sweetened, salty, fatty junk food so beloved of Leeds folk. Like pies.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • What renders me incredulous is that the Ar-chant Auto-Censorship Machine vetoes innocent references to A**enal but allows thro` a shouted string of ill-disguised profanities in BLOCK CAPITALS from somebody who is clearly the worst kind of football terrace yobbo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Also, from an accuracy point of view, it's drivel that gets spouted, dribble just sort of dribbles out.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • Someone is in a mood? I think that you'll find that the un-educated one is a so called supporter of our feeder club FredJ. With Johnson suspended we could do with another midfielder come to think of it!

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    baguio

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • Whitey old chap, dont put your team own, you have some great players they're not all of League one quality. Can't say I have ever spread muck on a field although it does happen on the beautiful fields to which my garden back onto. I have dug manure into my vegetable garden does that count? but that's not going to happen tomorrow so thanks for the concern I'm fine to stay up late.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

  • Morrison probably out for the West Ham game.....not ALL bad then!! Hopefully Holt will be back...otherwise give Kane a chance to make a name for himself. shame about johnson.....but we have Howson, Fox and Tierny.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

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