Norwich City boss Chris Hughton: A really bad day

It's 5-0 as Raheem Sterling's effort goes past Norwich City goalkeeper Mark Bunn before defender Ryan Bennett made the final contact for an own goal. It's 5-0 as Raheem Sterling's effort goes past Norwich City goalkeeper Mark Bunn before defender Ryan Bennett made the final contact for an own goal.

Monday, January 21, 2013
1:44 PM

Manager Chris Hughton stopped short of issuing an apology to the Yellow Army for his Norwich City players’ second Premier League hammering of the season at the hands of Liverpool, but he did admit: “Today was a really bad day”.

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The Canaries crashed to a 5-0 defeat at Anfield in front of nearly 2,000 travelling fans who braved bitterly cold conditions to make the 500-mile round trip to Merseyside. It was City’s fifth defeat in six league games, their season having well and truly stalled since a 10-match unbeaten run before Christmas took them to a heady seventh place in the table.

“At this moment it’s not a good feeling. We have been well and truly beaten today by a very, very good side – a side that were very clinical in everything they did,” said Hughton.

“But we weren’t good enough today and we have to be better than that. You come to these quality clubs and quality grounds and you have to make sure you turn up. We were nowhere near as good as we have been, or as good as we could have been.”

City gave a reasonable account of themselves until Jordan Henderson fired Liverpool ahead on 26 minutes. They might even have taken the lead as early as the seventh minute when Ryan Bennett, deputising for the injured Sébastien Bassong in defence, put a free header from a Robert Snodgrass free-kick straight at goalkeeper Brad Jones.

“You never know. Goals give teams lifts and probably that’s the big difference,” said Hughton. “Our best chance, certainly, was Ryan Bennett with the header and I thought he should have done better. I thought he should have scored. It was a really good delivery and a really good position.”

8 comments

  • I was going to post but you've just said it all Pa ! Good posting.

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    Timbo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Yeah the team were'nt good enough on saturday but the first mistakes were made by CH before the kick off. CH should look at himself first, then the team.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Oh, the Cup of Cheer is drained for Hoots just now. I am very despondent about the way things are going at the moment. That 10-game unbeaten run seems like a dream now. Looking back at those, there were some "Curate`s Egg" performances ;- 3 goal lead at Swansea nearly cancelled out (gratitude due to the ref for that `foul` on Bunn). 2-0 lead vs Sunderland, then City reduced to a collective quivering jelly when the Black Cats pulled one back. The best performances were vs ManU & Gunners - spirited and determined. Basically we have a reverse s**t sandwich; 7 awful games - 10 good ones - 6 awful games. In the 13 awful games we won 4 points, GD - 21.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I must say albeit very reluctantly that I am rather envious of Swansea and Michael Laudrup at the moment. They seem to have got the right combinations and are being rewarded with a steady ride up the table. I honestly cannot see Hoots getting us anywhere near to where we need to be for PL safety. He just seems so naieve tactically. Much as I hate to say it but I don't think he is the right man for us now. I would love to be proved wrong! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Yes Mr Hughton we should have done better than that! ..Please don't pass the buck and put the blame on Ryan Bennett... If you want to see who the real culprit is, just take a look in the mirror... If you send an unbalanced team out to play, unprepared for the task ahead, and make them all believe they will be second fiddle, that is the result you will get... When you arrived, I said you would get wonderful support from the people of Norfolk, and you have. You took over a decent team, added what should have been more strength, and in 8months reduced them into a demoralised bunch of individuals. If the job is too big, have the courage to say so. Villa will probably have the door open, should you be looking for a new challenge. ...Apologies for being a bit strong, but it's not just managers who have passion!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Against Fulham at least Norwich had two strikers and midfielders who were not averse to haveing a shot (on target) now and then. Hughton you are hopeless.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Oh, the Cup of Cheer is drained for Hoots just now. I am very despondent about the way things are going at the moment. That 10-game unbeaten run seems like a dream now. Looking back at those, there were some "Curate`s Egg" performances ;- 3 goal lead at Swansea nearly cancelled out (gratitude due to the ref for that `foul` on Bunn). 2-0 lead vs Sunderland, then City reduced to a collective quivering jelly when the Black Cats pulled one back. The best performances were vs ManU & Gunners - spirited and determined. Basically we have a reverse s**t sandwich; 7 awful games - 10 good ones - 6 awful games. In the 13 awful games we won 4 points, GD - 21.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I can take defeat, God knows, atching City for 45 years I have had to get use to it. But what I witnessed for the 3rd time this season, reminded me of Fulham under worthington. could be forgiven for thinking I had gone back in time, the tatctics were close, if anything they are worse now

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    gordon52

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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