Chris Hughton revealed his under-performing Norwich City players were left in no doubt their Fulham mauling was unacceptable.

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The Canaries were a long way short of the high standards set in last season’s impressive Premier League showing after another forgettable day at Craven Cottage.

City were indebted to John Ruddy during an early onslaught by the hosts, but the England keeper was left badly exposed when Damien Duff profited from indecision in the Norwich backline to slot home.

Mladen Petric rose above Marc Tierney and Russell Martin at the near post to compound the damage prior to the interval and any prospect of a comeback was ended with the Croatian’s long-range second, which brushed Michael Turner to deceive Ruddy.

Alex Kacaniklic and Steve Sidwell’s late penalty completed the rout, but Hughton is not concerned about the potential lingering damage to the Canaries’ collective confidence from such an emphatic defeat.

“No, I’m not worried. This won’t be the only defeat we have. Or the only defeat we have by a few goals. It is normal for any team in our position in this division,” he said.

“It is about what reaction you get now from the players. They will want to react well. They already know this wasn’t acceptable today. They will want to make amends.

“It was an awful day for us. It was tough watching. The first game of the season you want to get off to a good start. We knew it was going to be difficult because these are a good football side.

“These days they don’t lose many games here, but for me there were pivotal moments in the game. I thought for the first 25 minutes, our team shape was quite good even though we weren’t quite as big a threat as I would have liked. We looked solid and resilient in our shape.”

Hughton admitted City were cut open alarmingly easy by Fulham’s mobile attacking threats.

“We just didn’t defend well enough,” he said. “Four of the goals were for me avoidable and that is the most disappointing aspect. It is an area we had looked very solid in pre-season.

“We went with five in midfield. We know it can happen. Goals change games and we conceded two poor goals in that first half period.

“You then have a decision to make to get back in the game. We changed the shape, knowing that it would make us a little bit more open.

“They have got good footballers, particularly in central midfield, but you hope it creates a big enough threat going the other way to get back in the game. There is always some risk.

We know we are playing in a really tough league and for me what is more important now is the type of reaction we get.”

Hughton expects his squad to respond in positive fashion over coming days ahead of QPR’s Premier League visit to Carrow Road.

“We wanted to come and get something from the game and if it wasn’t going to be a result we wanted a performance. We didn’t get either,” he said. “We certainly need to get back to basics this week and make amends.

“What have I learned? I’ve learned that you can’t put in a performance today against a quality side and expect to come away with anything. I have learned when we are resilient and defend well we give ourselves a chance.

“It’s the first day of a new season. We have all been here before when it is a bad start and you have to pick everybody up.

“You have to eradicate the negatives, look for the positives and hope the result and performance and the kick from that will push us on. I don’t have to tell the players again and again. They know.”

46 comments

  • The biggest worry here for me is the lack of chances, attacking threat and creativity. Ashamed by some peoples comments on here, we need to back the team and hope that CH is a fast learner and we can bring in another striker of quality to relieve the pressure on Grant Holt.

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    Penfold

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Without doubt we were extremely poor, and our tactics even worse. Even still, Hughton is no mug and doubt he will try a plan a second time that didn't work the first. We know our lads are hard working honest footballers - they will want to make amends - therefore on Saturday we need to all get behind them. Shock defeats happen in this league - look at last season i.e. Man U slaughtered by Arsenal etc. Lets draw a line under it and get behind the boys in Yellow. OTBC!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I agree with Mad Brewer can see city back in the championship facing Ipswich all becauce the board will not part with money on class players the board would rather go down with millions in the bank rather than spend it on quality players to compeat in the premeirship you don't have to put the clubs in trouble to do this it is not there money it belongs to ncfc and the surporters if i am wrong then i will be the first to say i was wrong.

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    DOBBY1970

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • "I have learned when we are resilient and defend well we give ourselves a chance." Yes, for the first 25 mins against Fulham we had a chance to win the game on paper, but on the pitch we were not creating opportunities. I hope Hughton feels confident enough to let our creative attacking midfielders express themselves at home to QPR. He can and he will! OTBC

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    VancouverCanary

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I did not go to the match, but the most common comments from my friends who did were: 'Totally negative, no bite'; 'Passing was atrocious'; 'Worst Norwich performance in three years' and the question, "Why didn't we attack instead of falling back all the time?"

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Come on Archant...Get your act together

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • When Mr Hughton was appointed, I said that he would be given support and advice from everyone the length and breadth of Norfolk.. Support he will easily find, providing he is able to take on board well intentioned advice from old stalwarts such as myself. He MUST always put Hoolahan down first on his team sheet, and add Holt. We have aquired a left sided quality player in the Huckerby mould, namely Snodgrass, and he must be 3rd on the list. He can then use the Lambert method of drawing the names from a hat to make up the rest of the team

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I know it's bad to be so negative after just one game, but we should be looking for improvements on last season. They don't have to be vast improvements, just simple steps forward, like getting a result at the likes of Fulham. Putting in a good performance and losing is what we expect against the likes of the top six, not a clueless performance against a team we perceive as being just ahead of us. We knew our defence needed improving - and I know we're nothing better than armchair managers - but I haven't heard one person say that they're now more confident in our defence because of the changes in personnel. Fine, it would be nice to invest in our attack, but know it looks like we'll need to spend a load more money on defenders. Please Chris, make the next signings better than what we've got and certainly better than what we had.

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    aeleven

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Statistically, Norwich will end the season on 38 played, 0 wins, 0 draws, 38 defeats. 0 goals for, 190 against. Position 19th. Ahead, by one point, of QPR who despite beating us twice, had 7 points deducted because Joey Barton came back.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Agreed Dobby. This one is down to Hughton and the way he set the team up. I am also concerned that he puts Fulham on a pedestal, before the game even starts. You don't play for the chance to get a point at somewhere like Fulham. You give it go. Disagree Dobby on the transfer front. We have just bought a big tall central defender...he cost us two or three of the goals. It's no good buying another striker, if we don't play in the other teams half. Looking forward already to next week...could be the first premiership game to end 10-8.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Erpingham tractor i agree with to a point yes we bought a tall defender for peanus so what do we get monkeys yes city need to play in there half but we still need some one to play along side Holt.

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    DOBBY1970

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Made my son happy ....He is the performance coach at Fulham !!

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    musicman

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • People keep saying we need a new striker but we have 3 who could easily score if even the chance. (Holt, Morrison and Vaughan) the problem is the formation and the negativity in our play. As for money, we spent more than Fulham, I think we've bought wisely, but maybe we need another defender who can lead and organise the back line. We have a capable squad who can play good football, we know that because we saw it last season.

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    ImDrunky

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I must say that Chris Hughton must take some of the blame the side never look ready for the match as a team why do city all way play badly at fulham we need a class striker so we don't have to rely on Grant Holt . And a tall central defender no good waiting until january transfer window to open could have one foot in the championship by then.

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    DOBBY1970

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • To feel crushed, shell-shocked, immediately post-match is natural - to be expected even, but to see such negativity, after the smoke has cleared, AND just one match, says much about the fragile confidence amongst some City supporters. Remember Arsenal's drubbing at Old Trafford, 8-2, only a year ago? Football supporters can be such 'fickle' people. I smile (?)

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    Dissaster

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Here's one Norwich kept quiet: Sky Sports transfer centre reporting that Sebastien Bassong has agreed to sign. Doesn't yet specify if loan or permanent.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • its not the defeat that bothers me it was the way nobody had heart or seem to have a clue what to do,! seriously need to find some get determination and tactics,Fast.

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    nelly

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • its not the defeat that bothers me it was the way nobody had heart or seem to have a clue what to do,! seriously need to find some get determination and tactics,Fast.

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    nelly

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • We went to Cromer beach Saturday afternoon, as you do. A grey seal was sat there nursing a broken flipper. Around 1620hrs the first responder said the creature would be taken to Hunstanton for treatment. One guy yelled: "Forget Hunstanton mate, send in to Craven Cottage and put it in goal." . btw this is true.

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    el dingo

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • DaveG it looks like your wishes have been answered if we`ve signed Bassong from Spurs! Btw, we did manage 3 whole clean sheets last season; versus Bolton, Chelsea & Villa, all @ home. Factoid; in our last 12 games last season we conceded 23 goals but did scrape up 12 points.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • MB: Archant enjoys a monopoly so can do as it likes. If we don't like what it offers, we can go swiv. Trust me, I'm a Dingo.

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    el dingo

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • CH noticed that "We defended badly", we noticed for the second half of last season that we "defended badly", 2 clean sheets is the evidence. Why have we not bought a quality central defender to lead the line and help all our young full backs develop

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    DaveG

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Btw, my son is the coach in surreality for the Tim Burton Organisation. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Attempt#2. Bassong; your wish fulfilled, DaveG! Btw we did manage 3 clean sheets last season; v Bolton, Chelsea & Villa. We conceded 23 goals in the final 12 games.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • *given the chance*

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    ImDrunky

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • ho hum its only one game , but it was a disaster. It will get better, but ar-chant why ether fans comments when you let through a foul diatribe by a leeds fan utilising the f word

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Adios Ayala, Hola Turner. I'm afraid that's down to CH alone. I want Curtis Davies. And I want him now.

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    el dingo

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Apropos of nothing really, it would seem "Rob Steroo" is believed to be an NCFC troll on the Green `Un boards. I believe both manifestations are one and the same. And an Ar-chant plant to boot. There is a Rob Steroo & a Ged Scott. Clue? It`s a bit like Norman Bates and his mummified mum in "Psycho".

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • They`ve unleashed "Inaccurate" on me now! Smacks of desperation. So Holty DIDN`T score 15 Premiership goals last season? Or was it my attempted predictions, both spoof and serious? Or did I josh at a delicate journo too much? Another board reports a 3-year deal, not finalised yet, for Bassong.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Good old server error 503.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • What bothers me, even more than being ethered yet again, is FXT`s irony bypass. I stick to my prediction of 49 points, 10th place. I could drink a brewery dry before I failed to notice such overt satire. Original reply less unfriendly, Ar-chant!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • If I promise to write in block capitals and abuse people, may I contribute, too?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • hi don't no where you heard that as you say nothing on sky or in any papers that i have seen .

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • It was hot. 6 3 1 system would work if Holt could outpace the opposition defence, Pilkington and Surman could use both feet, and players had some idea of what each was up to. Tiernay not up to match pace physicaly nor mentally. Met a Sunderland fan after the game - he did not know who Turner was. Posiitives Elliot Bennet and that the Charlton game was still a worse memory

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    Pondlife

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • However bad we all feel, the individuals who played are going to feel worse. Let's hope they feel worse than the QPR players so they give them hell next weekend... OTBC

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • aeleven: you talk good sense. Archant, despite the well-intentioned endeavours of many, including myself, your website is still rubbish and your reporters are worse. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • the last time i felt so embarrassed to sit in a stand was the colchester defeat. the only saving grace was that qpr got stuffed too, and we got them next. we NEED to pick up points against sides like this. i hope those who played saturday feel as embarrassed as we did

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    lordyfan

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Btw, my son is the coach in surreality for the Tim Burton Organisation. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • IF reports from Talksport are true then it would seem that CH is a fan of Scottish players: they are reporting that CH is interested in Andy Webster from Hearts.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Though it did make reference to the ossified nature of a journo`s cerebral ganglion inside an adipose skull. A rock inside a lard place.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Could the result have been merely an aberration - wishful thinking? Thinks . . . had we won 0-5, would that have signalled we were about to take the Premiership apart? One-offs and trends are mightily different. I will reserve judgement.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • sorry but Morrison Jackson and Vaughan they are not up to it they might hold down a place in a championship side .A striker from aboard they have more skill and that is a fact why do you think so many teams have them . sorry

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • I agree, kenton. If we go out with no intention of posing an attacking threat, we may as well play 10 defenders and "park the bus". My zero points scenario could then happen! I hope you`re right about CH getting it right in time.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • A lot of interesting comments. I'd like to think our new look defence can grow and learn quickly as the season progresses. What CH needs to look at is the team tactically. We have been used to a style of attacking football under PL and I don't think were good enough to sit back in games and not pose an attacking threat. Too much quality in the PL combined with a defence that is never going to withstand 90 mins of world class attacking play. We need to give teams something to think about going forward and try and dictate the game as much as we can. With our improved midfield, we know we can do this. I would worry trying to adapt to defence football. I think CH will be able to play to our strengths with time. OTBC!

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    you'l never beat the kenton

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Mad Brewer, have you looked into your crystal ball or is this comment after several pints? Where has all the positivity gone? One game does not a season make....

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    FXT Canary

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • When Mr Hughton was appointed, I said that he would be given support and advice from everyone the length and breadth of Norfolk.. Support he will easily find, providing he is able to take on board well intentioned advice from old stalwarts such as myself. He MUST always put Hoolahan down first on his team sheet, and add Holt. We have aquired a left sided quality player in the Huckerby mould, namely Snodgrass, and he must be 3rd on the list. He can then use the Lambert method of drawing the names from a hat to make up the rest of the team

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, August 20, 2012

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