Manager Chris Hughton said he had no regrets about the team he fielded against Luton Town after Norwich City crashed to their first FA Cup defeat by a non-league side since before he was born.

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The Canaries were in Division Three South when they lost 4-2 at home to Bedford Town in 1956, but Saturday’s defeat by the Hatters was much more high-profile because of their Premier League status, with 85 places between the two clubs in the English football ladder.

Hughton made six changes against the Blue Square Premier side after the 5-0 defeat at Liverpool and only two of the starting eleven were his own signings – defender Javier Garrido and on-loan striker Harry Kane.

“Yes, I made changes but I made big changes in the previous round at Peterborough and the performance was very good,” said Hughton.

“If I didn’t feel the changes could have got us the win I would not have made those changes and I had a team out there that was good enough to win this football match.

“As manager of this football club I will always take responsibility. It’s an awful day for us. We haven’t been good enough as a team, there is no doubt.

“I pick the team, I have no regrets about the team I picked and I’m very capable of taking responsibility.”

City might have escaped with a replay had referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty for a clear handball by Luton defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner in stoppage time.

“What I was told is that it definitely hit his hand but I haven’t seen it again,” said Hughton, aware of the need to lift his squad over the next three days. We’re all hurting at the moment.

“The players know it’s a tough time and we expect all of the criticism that will come our way. It’s normal when you lose against a team everybody expects you to beat. We need to pick them up. Spurs is a big game for us and probably from where we are right at this moment, this game can’t come quickly enough.”

13 comments

  • then there was an awful lot of arrogance on the managers part to ask quite clearly a sub standard team to do a mans job. complete insult to the team you were playing against and whoever scouted and fed back needs shooting. pick the strongest team get the game won then make changes!!! we needed the cash and the likely hood would have been a possible 6th round draw......... oh hindsight!

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    JB

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • You lot were advocating for the Murphy twins and Korey and other kids to be played as it was an easy game blah, blah. See your postings in archive. Now he plays an even stronger team than what you suggested, we lose and you come crying 'why didnt he play our strongest?'. You are the ones on the wrong planet, not Hoots. Get real. We are still 13th in prem. IHWT, OTBC.

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    Ghana Dom

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • CH sounds like Lambert last season when MK Dons knocked City out of the cup. When will managers learn to play the strongest team and try to get the game won.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • You might not have any regrets over the team you picked, but we've got plenty of regrets over the manager we picked. Whooton Out! Love Gedx

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Well he should have regrets over the team he picked. The only tactic against Luton was the big ball down the middle hoping to cash in on the pace of Jacko and Kane.Any half decent centre back can cope with that.At their level they have it all the time. What they can't cope with is players with the individual skill to best players. So why did he not start with Wes and Snods? Is that too simple for a highly paid Manager to understand?

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Too modern for me, Swiss! Another old `Big O` title would fit the bill, maybe? "Crawling Back".

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • We`ve had Frank Sinatra (I`ll do it my way). Now we have Edith Piaf; "Je ne regrette rien". Next up Roy Orbison; "It`s Over"? I hope not....... I see Trollope is with Hoots in that picture, where`s Bewilderwood?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Ghana my view has and always will be put out your best team. Now we have to live with MK Dons and Leicester from last season , and the Villa and Luton games from this season, because managers are frightened of winning cup competitions and they think our poor pro's cant play 38 league and 8 cup games a season.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • I just had to come out of hiding!....So Mr Hughton is going to take full responsibility according to this story, What on earth does that mean? He says that he picked the team, and instructed the players, and they FAILED, all of them. He has No regrets...... He then blames the officials like all LOSERS do.... So what's next in this responsibility game?..... He has NOT been a success story from the first match- remember-- Fulham 5 Norwich 0--.....Lady Luck, and the players have grafted our points onto the board.... I hope I am not clairvoyant, but there seems to be a lack of trust and togetherness between the playing staff and the management. There is certainly seems no intention of any of them dying for the cause.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Behind the Luton goal checking out their keeper,what say you Brew?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Well he should have regrets over the team he picked.The only tactic against Luton was the big ball down the middle hoping to cash in on the pace of Jacko and Kane.Easy meat for half decent centre backs who at Luton at their level get it every week.What teams at that level can't cope with is players with the individual skill to beat players. So why not start with Wes and Snods who have that ability? Is this too simple for a highly paid Manager to understand?

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • What no regrets that the team you picked lost to a conference team.What planet is he on.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • As long as it's not "Down, down" by Status Quo Brewer.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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