Chris Hughton - Hull City red card did Norwich City no favours

The dismissal of Hull's Yannick Sagbo ultimately did Norwich City few favours at the KC Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images The dismissal of Hull's Yannick Sagbo ultimately did Norwich City few favours at the KC Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, August 26, 2013
6:23 AM

Hull’s first-half dismissal may have inadvertently worked against the Canaries, according to City boss Chris Hughton.

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The Tigers retreated to the edge of their own penalty area for long spells following Yannick Sagbo’s straight red card with Norwich on the day lacking the guile and the penetration to break down a well-drilled home defence.

Tigers’ keeper Allan McGregor was only sporadically pressed into action with Norwich largely restricted to long-range efforts.

“We pushed and pushed but we have experienced the same thing ourselves when you are down to 10 men and you have to play a certain way and be resilient and play on the break. Hull managed to do that,” said Hughton. “They got bodies behind the ball. We needed to show more to test the goalkeeper. We tried everything we could but Hull were spirited and going down to 10 men almost gave them a cause.

“I didn’t see the incident at the time but I have seen it afterwards and the referee was five or six yards away. The lad has moved his head, that is a certainty, and then it is how the referee interprets that. Russell (Martin) didn’t make much of it but that is the type of player he is. I’ve not spoken to Russell so I don’t know what triggered it. The referee has to make a decision.”

Hughton will make changes for Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Bury. Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington could both be in contention for a return from injury-hit pre-seasons. City’s squad for today’s latest development league home test against Fulham at Colney is set to provide further clues. Bassong played the full 90 minutes in last week’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa’s Under-21s. City opened up their development league campaign with a thumping 4-1 win against Stoke’s under-21s at Colney earlier this month; Josh and Jacob Murphy both on target.

• Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan were yesterday both named in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional 29-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Sweden – who could include Norwich duo Johan Elmander and Martin Olsson – and Austria. Pilkington’s injury problems have forced him to withdraw from the last four squads. Hoolahan started the Republic’s last World Cup qualifier when they beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 in Dublin.

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12 comments

  • Yet more excuses! Does this man have no shame whatsoever? You would think the fool would be able to work out how to break down 10 men behind the ball, seeing as it's the only tactic he himself employs. What a joke our club has become. Warmest, Ged (Pinkun Legend)

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • I suppose you could argue that the Red Card gave Big Brucie the licence to defend en masse without fear of displeasing Hull`s fans. With the full contingent, he may have felt compelled to go for another goal thereby opening up the game. Our players were heroes at Sunderland last term for a similar rearguard action. There, I`m trying to underpin Hoots`s excuse, so no accusations of anti-Hootery please! Bottom line is it was a poor, poor performance. RvW looks well ready for the challenge, but we don`t look ready for him. Then, we`ve only been expecting him since January - or should that be since we confirmed our Premiership survival in May? Either way, he`s had a full pre-season and looks pure class on what we`ve seen so far. Feed the Wolf!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • ok Hoots when we have a player sent off i expect us to win the game, after all it will do the opposition no favours. What utter bollox

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • As I intend to post on here when I feel the urge ( quite often if Sat was anything to go by !! )I have forgone my anonymity. I shall go by my real name of Turkish Martin and not MJG. I feel freeeeee !!

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    Turkish Martin

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • …..100% behind you MJG....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • How about a more realistic answer. Norwich City were Cr@p. Hull a Fishing town for crying out loud. Our performance was slower than Broadband connections in Hull and that says something

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    che bramley

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • When Gunny proved himself to be totally inept as a manager, the board did something about it pretty quickly. I would suggest now that the shambles of a management team we have now are removed post haste, and someone like Di Matteo is brought in. I did say when we were buying quality strikers that Hughton and his cronies would coach all of the footballing ability and scoring prowess out of them, and so it is proving to be. If we can't go and attack teams likr Hull home and away, then we are in for yet another dreary drab season. Holty said it all, he didn't like Hughtons style, the same as with 98% of the Carra faithful. Hughton isn't going to change so lets change Hughton.

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    oldtimer

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Poor Chris that must have confused him.....Blimey a red card ! Got to feel sorry for him because if you go out looking for a point from the start that really throws the coaching staff!

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    dave123

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Better we ask the referee before future games not to send any of our opponents off as it gives us a disadvantage. I have another idea - why don't we just start with 10 men in each game? That way our players will have to 'play a certain way, be more resilient and play on the break'.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • What drivel Mr H, bad tactics, dreadful play and no passion or responsibility on the ball. If Hull could knuckle down and do a job then why not us. Inspiration and leadership CH, THATS your job !! A few less " they were good " excuses and a few more rallying war cries. I dont mind losing if we have a go, but its difficult to stomach seeing an inept clueless performance devoid of ideas.

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    Turkish Martin

    Monday, August 26, 2013

  • Sadly, I can`t argue with that logic, Wiv. We should have battered them! I`m desperately trying to find consolation but cannot. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • he we go again more excuses from ch . the only red card required is for you and your backroom staff clueless ,and inept best formation 4-3-1-2 or 4-4-2 26 thousand can see it is not working except you come on board sort it out ideal team malkay huckerby and neil adams true legends Cardiff 3 man city 2 24 million spent cant even beat 10 men I rest my case ch must go for the good of my beloved Norwich otbc

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    Graham Hemmings

    Monday, August 26, 2013

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