Chris Hughton planned to allow himself one torturous evening before picking through the remnants of City’s poor start to his Premier League era at the club.

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The Canaries’ chief will return to work this morning armed with a better understanding of what triggered the Canaries’ 5-0 collapse at Craven Cottage after what he forecast was set to be a miserable Saturday night stewing over events in south-west London. Hughton planned to sit through Norwich’s heavy defeat yesterday to understand just how things went so wrong.

“I’ll have a bad night tonight. Go through the video two or three times and pull out the things that I need to,” said Hughton, prior to boarding the team coach at Craven Cottage.

“We will have a meeting with the players on Monday and everything that we need to deal with we will deal with there. Then that’s closed and we have to move on to the next game.

“We of course said what we had to say in the changing room. There is no doubt it is a fairly down changing room, but the work starts Monday. You need time now to reflect, players need time to reflect.

“I need time to go over the video again. We’ll go through it with the players on Monday and we start again. Those players will be hurting. I know they will because they are good characters.

“We know we are going to have defeats and part of this season is going to be about picking everybody up from defeats.

“What you don’t want in your first day is as big as one as this. That is the division. If you don’t play well enough there are numerous teams that can really help.”

Fulham counterpart Martin Jol expressed sympathy for his old Tottenham assistant following the Cottagers’ scintillating display, but Hughton admitted City had made it far too easy for the Dutchman to get off to a flying start.

“I’ve shaken hands with him, but we haven’t had a chance to speak. He will be very pleased as his team played very well and they were very clinical,” said Hughton.

“He has done a wonderful job – he has got some good players, very strong and it was a combination today of them being good and us being poor that led to that outcome.”

8 comments

  • Negativity is occuring here, Brewer. Hughton's seeming to have the wrong idea of the premier league, it's not about preventing for 90 minutes as I said in previous threads. This league can be about attack or be attacked and we just didn't, not even on the counter, which is very important. Really worried about this if I'm honest, he needs to sort out this approach and realise that we need to offer something with Holt, and I believe as I suspect you might, that Vaughan is the man for the job, we have great wingers outside the two, we should have no problem getting at clubs again, we just need the bravery that we consistently showed with Lambert. C'mon Chris!!! OTBC

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    Billy

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • I can't believe he didn't make the players go in on Sunday and watch the video back - I'm sure Lambert would have done.

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    Greg Nolan

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Is Vaughan`s only talent seen as being good at warming the bench? That feisty little Pitbull alongside Holt is capable of rattling defences. What IS occurring here??

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Greg N, Lambert would`ve been in Scotland on Sunday, until the following Wednesday. Cully might have done it......

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Chris, Chris, Chris, you told us when you came on board that you were going to watch all the videos of last season's games! You need to watch them again and then watch Saturday's as well as our pre season friendlies, because 5-0 was a disaster waiting to happen. Our attack is now virtually toothless, our midfield is mindless and our defence is hopeless. We may have had our biggest transfer kitty ever, but on Saturday's performance we'll now have to pay far more to persuade quality players to join us, because we looked clueless and seriously broken. We have the players, we have the spirit, what we need is the right tactics. And don't worry about playing how we played for most of last season because - he who lied to us - changed our format and failed more than once too. OTBC

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    aeleven

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • CovCanary--exactly what i was going to comment on PLUS- very slow to use subs; when all was going so wrong & no apparent plan B.

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    superfan59

    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Bravery is the key word, Billy. Even in the home game v ManC last season, when we pulled back to 1-2, we gave it a go. Of course, we did lose 1-6 in the end but until very late on we were still in it. Zero points but still zero for "defending" a 1-2! I wish we`d kept Culverhouse to work alongside Hoots. Not convinced about Calderdash.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • The biggest lesson to learn is that the squad is not one equipped to play defensive. Let them have a go at the opposition. CH said when he joined the club the he would look through last season's games. Didn't he spot the pattern, that our success was based on taking the game to the other team? Let the boys play to their strengths and we will be alright.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, August 20, 2012

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