Chris Hughton insisted he was right to keep defensive lynchpin Sebastien Bassong in reserve after Liverpool pummelled Norwich at Anfield.

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City were torn asunder in Bassong’s absence, with the Parisian spared the carnage to rest a calf injury for what Hughton feels are pivotal tests ahead.

“He had a calf problem and it was the right decision not play him,” said the City boss. “He came up here and he was touch and go but the decision was not to play him. Hopefully he’s not out too long.

“For us and Seb it is about the season, not one game, and the thought of losing him for a good period of games is something we couldn’t take that chance.

“Liverpool were very good and there is always the big difficulty when you’re playing against these, it’s how you set your team up because of the way they play, they’re very expansive.

“If you want to play expansive as well, you create a lot of holes for the quality players they’ve got.

“And when you look at their front two, the movement and the ball retention, it makes it very difficult. But ultimately you have to defend well and we didn’t. Goals give teams lifts and probably that’s the big difference. Our best chance, certainly, was Ryan Bennett with the early header and I thought he should have done better. I believe he should have scored.”

Hughton admitted City’s large travelling support had been short-changed by his men.

“You never want to apologise for a performance because one thing I can guarantee is they are a really good group of players. They know where we are. They know that occasionally it’s going to be a really bad day for us,” he said. “This was a really bad day, but what I can’t do is sit here and say the players didn’t want to give enough or didn’t give enough.

“Sometimes it’s the circumstances of the game. We got well beaten, they were far better than us. But as regards wanting to do well, every single one of them wanted to do well. We always feel for the supporters because you want them to have a good day, and particularly in the conditions they’ve had to travel up in, you want better for them.”

9 comments

  • 1 nil lone striker 2 nil lone striker 3 nil lone striker 4 nil lone striker 5 nil lone striker. At what point do you play two strikers. WBA manager Clake will play 4 strikers when he's team is losing. Lambert would have gone down fighting.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • jigs69, we have Reading, Villa, Soton & WBA to come at home. Our fate is in our own hands. 0-0 draws not a lot of use in those games. I have a feeling that Fulham and the newly `Arry-inspired QPR will be too much for us, sadly. 14 points!! Then regroup for next season. Easier said than done. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • In an attempt to look on the bright side, maybe we would have lost against an in form Liverpool side anyway. So keeping Bassong for crucial must win games against QPR and Fulham wasn't a bad strategy. But we HAVE to beat QPR and Fulham!

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I'm a bit more optimistic. Harry "I'm too stupid to be able to read a team sheet so how could I fiddle my taxes?" Redcap doesn't seem too inspirational these days. I wonder how it'll take QPR to catch on?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Sure was a bad day overall. If you give space to their mid-field they will cut you apart. We were not good in that area. Also missed basso badly

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    sharky

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Grim to watch but we new a fit Bassong so probably right decision. Defence is poor without him.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Indeed Sharky. Given the plethora of midfielders we currently have on our books, it's ironic that we were found wanting in that area..Grrrrrrrr!

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • 5 nil down keep playind a lone striker.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • How long I mean

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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