Chris Hughton has warned his Norwich City players there can be no repeat of the Canaries’ Premier League hammering at Liverpool as they aim to put their campaign back on track.

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Hughton delivered a few home truths in the away dressing room following the 5-0 defeat at Anfield, which he expects to have the desired effect ahead of this weekend’s Luton Town FA Cup tie and Tottenham’s pending league visit.

“You try to get what you need to get off your chest. That is normal. There is nobody who walks into a changing room after a defeat like that who would expect an easy time,” he said. “Over the next couple of days we will go through it again and put it behind us because we have an important FA Cup tie and then Tottenham. I’ve got a really good group of lads. We have under-achieved and under-performed. I know that, they know that and as individuals they know that more than anybody. It’s not nice in any defeat but it’s never nice when you’re getting beaten the way we did.

“It’s normal, there were a few things said, but always said in the right way. What’s important now is that we get this one well behind us. We have an FA Cup tie to look forward to, and then a very big game at home to Tottenham.”

City’s heavy loss on Merseyside prolonged their sluggish start to the New Year which has now brought one point from the last 18 after a club-record 10 Premier League games unbeaten.

“When you’re in a run like this, you appreciate more the good run we had and we’re very grateful for that at the moment,” said Hughton. “We started off the season in those first seven games with three points, then we had that excellent run and now a dip.

“What is more disappointing is that in the previous games, those four defeats over Christmas and then the draw against Newcastle, we have been close. This is probably the only time in this current period we have been well beaten and we need to address it. I think sometimes you have to accept with the quality of these top teams if you have a bad day you can get well beaten. We beat Arsenal and Manchester United when we were at the top of our game. Sometimes what can happen is a defeat like that and a type of performance like that gets a reaction from the players – and we’ll certainly need it.”

Hughton is adamant his current squad have already shown they can compete in the Premier League, despite City’s concerted efforts to attract new recruits in the transfer window.

“We know what we have done so far and so do those players in terms of the points they have managed to accumulate,” he said. “Those players have certainly shown that we are capable of getting enough results to achieve what we want. The reality is so are lots of other teams and now it is about the players showing enough belief to get back to winning ways.”

23 comments

  • Sorry chaps, Saturday is now past, we lost a game and we lost it badly. We DIDN't lose it 8 nil, we still have a cushion above the relegation zone. What really gets my goat is this constant whingeing and asking for apologies. If Hughton apologises would that be enough or do you want apologies from Delia, Michael, the man on the turnstile? If families go to games with their children they have to expect that sometimes the team will lose badly. This is part and parcel of the game, if you don't like it you'd better start supporting Moneybags United, Gulfmoney City or Chelski. Yes we were dire but wallowing in self pity, recriminations and petty demands for apologies won't improve matters.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • The City players were a disgrace on Saturday. Three Liverpool players seemed to outnumber eight City defenders on numerous occasions. At one point, four City defenders stood in front of Liverpool player on the edge of the box and he still manage to get a cross in that was scrambled away for a corner. Hughton should reaffirm to his players that tackling of opponents is allowed .Also they can approach the opposition and actually touch them. As for the forwards. Terrible.The relegation battle has begun as the teams below them are actually playing better. Even sorry old QPR are responding to the magic touch of Rednapp.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • I would agree with most of that, disagree about the forwards. A forward needs service from midfield or defence to perform. The midfield and defence were too busy trying to get autographs.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • CanaryWest, We heard you! We heard you! We heard you! We heard you!

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • I hereby apologise to anyone I may have accused of being negative, a whinger etc. I've just looked at the Villa Mad site!

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Calderwood envariably sits in the stand and communicates with the bench by radio.He can get a better view of things from a higher viewpoint.Come on Brewer,I dont attend matches but have worked that one out

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    Trevor Sadd

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Hey Hughton.....I saw lots of famililes at the game supporting NCFC. Not a cheap day out and made even harder by the awful weather. how about an APOLOGY to the Norwich fans for that awful performance.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • It seems even the players themselves are now waiting for the new recruits. Having endless rumours but no transfer action on the strikers has certainly got the fans unsettled, and it must affect the players too in some form or another... or maybe the Liverpool no-show just has another excuse.

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    Michael D

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Is this a reference to the left-footed right winger and the right-footed left winger? P`raps Hoots sets up the team while shaving. That damned mirror!! Just something to reflect on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Premier League Team ISO inspiration with view to LTR and MBA. Was once WE in the goal department but now somewhat lacking so fans now need a GSOH. ALA.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Hughton---find a plan B---play player's in their correct position & bring on subs earlier. This will not be the last time this season that we ship in 5 goals---maybe our next league match!! Can't wait for your comments again.

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • we'll see how good hughton and his players are in the next few weeks.if they dont react to that shambles on saturday then they dont deserve to be at the club,simple as that.!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • ...Brew ....YES

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Couldn't agree more please stop moaning and be grateful for what we have got. You could live in Ipswich, think about that.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • T.S.....I didn't realise that that bottle was a radio, I learn sumthin new every day. He might just be ordering a beefburger though! C.W....That's asking a lot isn't it?.i

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Hey Hughton.....I saw lots of famililes at the game supporting NCFC. Not a cheap day out and made even harder by the awful weather. how about an APOLOGY to the Norwich fans for that awful performance.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • It's all down to the footwear.... From now on all our players should be wearing a RED boot on the LEFT foot, and a GREEN one on the RIGHT(port and starboard)if you are following me. The manager and his PA might then be able to see where some of the mistakes are happening.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Hey Hughton.....I saw lots of famililes at the game supporting NCFC. Not a cheap day out and made even harder by the awful weather. how about an APOLOGY to the Norwich fans for that awful performance.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • What happened Saturday? The players simply did not turn up. Where`s Bewilderwood?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Certainly, Bassong was missed on Saturday but maybe the team selection and formation might have also been a contributing factor!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Does anybody remember that priceless put-down by Denis Healey? He likened a verbal attack by Geoffrey Howe to "being mauled by a dead sheep".

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • You know, the most disappointing thing about that defeat?. I was watching Liverpools own TV channel before the game and their pundits were forecasting that Norwich would pack the midfield and leave a lone striker up front. They also forecast that they would win by 3 or 4 goal margin. They were spot on of course. Better always to down with a respectable fight than just capitulate. Really surprised we did exactly as Liverpool expected. Poor tactics.

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    Bally High

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Hey Hughton.....I saw lots of famililes at the game supporting NCFC. Not a cheap day out and made even harder by the awful weather. how about an APOLOGY to the Norwich fans for that awful performance.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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