Chris Hughton insists Norwich City were not tactically naive in Swansea City Premier League loss

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton paired Johan Elmander and Ricky van Wolfswinkel together at Swansea City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton paired Johan Elmander and Ricky van Wolfswinkel together at Swansea City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton has rejected the idea Norwich City were tactically naïve in their latest Premier League 3-0 away defeat at Swansea City.

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The Canaries’ chief opted to pair Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander in tandem at the Liberty Stadium, but the Swans’ midfield dominance was a decisive factor in a 3-0 win that sucked Norwich back into relegation danger ahead of West Brom’s Carrow Road visit. City have lost six top flight away games on the bounce in 2014 despite Hughton shuffling his personnel and formations in a bid to stop the rot.

“I am not tactically unaware of what is expected of us but it is about producing on the day,” said Hughton. “The preparation going into the game was good. There was no reason for that type of performance. We know how difficult it is away from home, full stop, for a group of teams but I expect more. We have tried different formulas and looked to be positive and then at other times we have had games where we have sat back a little bit deeper, tried to make ourselves hard to beat and hit teams on the counter. Those are questions you always ask yourself after the game. Swansea is a very good side when you give them time and space on the ball.”

City’s failure to follow up a stirring home win over Sunderland raises the stakes again for the Baggies’ weekend visit but Hughton denied his squad were complacent against the Swans.

“Absolutely not. Everybody in that changing room knew the importance of the game and particularly with it being against another side around us in the table,” he said. “There is always a commitment from the team. We started the game trying to work in the holes but to play that way you have to keep the ball well. They were in the ascendancy for a fair chunk of the game and we didn’t allow ourselves to get into it at any stage. We didn’t have the pace they had and they had more energy in the key areas.”

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43 comments

  • I agree with you Chris City were not tactically naive as there appeared to be NO tactics on Saturday just headless chickens.

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • So Swansea had more pace and more energy. Quite true - so what does that tell you about your team and your methods Chris? Do the decent thing, eh?

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • VictorM

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Like it Victor, a bit harry enfield....I think CH just told Elmander, " don't worry son, your cheques in the post as usual".....a million quid a goal isn't a bad rate is it??

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Hughton - you and your team are cr@p. Never mind about looking at this or that, or addressing various things that are going wrong, what you need to do is get down to Colney and stick a few ffffs into your players and kick them up the backsides - just get down there and sort it out. You are pathetic.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • According to Hughton there were "Tactics" did anyone spot the tactics or even tictacs. Disgusted.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • See what you've done to our most loyal and devoted fans, Mr McNally? Some of them are threatening to run on the pitch and even lose the plot. If you'd got rid of the manager when we told you to, you could have prevented some of us from turning to crime, or losing our hair or putting on weight ........or all 3. Come the pub, Matt,......one last jar before you get remanded in custody.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • sorry on should be an

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Total Denial Mr. Hughton. LOSER.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Hard at work im sorry to say ;) (Thats not an April Fool I promise!) I wouldnt run on the pitch really because at Fulham the management staff have to do the walk of shame in front of the away fans after no showing (as usual). Wouldnt want to miss this! (again). In terms of line up...id be half tempted to play Howson & Hoolahan together in this fixture. If they are without Yacob there best DMC it will just be Mulumbu who personally im not a big fan of is someone we can expose. All depends how they are doing injury wise with their front men and whether they are forced into playing someone in the hole. Can we cope with just the 1 DMC (tettey). I personally would like to think thats possible. Against the big boys fair enough deploy two dmc's and accept we are not going to create much. Gotta win this. No excuses. Other than Fer missing we've virtually got a full squad to choose from. Time for talk is over Hughton. Go out and do your job!....unless of course the rumours are true and its already been made clear that Hughton will not be at the club next season (or he just assumes it himself) and he couldnt be fussed either way what happens now and he will just stick to his tried and tested (at failing) methods. Hey ho. (god im so full of rage today with anything Hughton related!)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Hughton: “I am not tactically unaware of what is expected of us but it is about producing on the day.” - Not tactically unaware? Tactically unaware is the exact two words i'd use to describe him. Where on earth did he get his coaching qualifications - a cereal box from the 80's? - I can no longer watch the canaries without hanging my head in disbelief, so I have to resort to watching sunderlandwest brom play and pray they lose - i fear it may be our only hope - I was actually cheering on West Ham yesterday!!

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    FIFACanary

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Victor, nice use of Stew's old spelling routine

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • For the hat-trick: without being remotely sexist, that Marlboro Girls link on this page is really something. Perhaps a couple of them could replace RVW and Hooper against the Baggies.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • It might be an interesting exercise to get Hughton to list what he believes are the strengths of the present side. Team spirit?-non evident, Ability to keep possession ?- no. Strong defence?- no. Penetrating attack?-no. Excellent passing ?- oh please!

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • I`m not even sure what `DMC` means in a footballing context! Defensive Midfield Chappie? Don`t let Hughton get you all raged-up, Mattias. Regard him as a minor irritant who just happens to have ruined our team. Nothing serious.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • .....Caption!....." I did exactly as you instructed Boss"!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • I`m not even sure what `DMC` means in a footballing context! Defensive Midfield Chappie? Don`t let Hughton get you all raged-up, Mattias. Regard him as a minor irritant who just happens to have ruined our team. Nothing serious.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Doesnt some need to know and understand what tactically means before they can assess and comment on whether someone or something is tactically naive? Bearing in mind the person who made such a comment has no tactical awareness either for himself or the team

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    JB

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Gutless chickens.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • "We know how difficult it is away from home, full stop, for a group of teams but I expect more." I think he means "We know how difficult it is away from home, comma, for a group of teams but I expect more." That's like leaving Becchio on the bench all season.....it's just wrong. If you're going to vocalise your punctuation, at least get the punctuation right. Please, Mr Hughton, stop fool.

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    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • The photo above says more than 1,000 words. It clearly sums up the gulf between Hughton and his squad. There seems to be no common purpose any longer. No tactics, no leadership, no passion, no inspiration. Nada! In all my days watching football, Hughton and this team are the worst I have seen. I can accept defeat. I can accept we are not among the more gifted teams technically. But what I cannot accept and nor obviously can most of the fans, is a lack of commitment, effort and spirit. We are watching a joyless ensemble going through the motions because it is their job. Just another game to get out the way. In any other business heads would have rolled a long, long, time ago. But at Norwich City there appears to be no leadership at the top, either.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • VictorM

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • VictorM

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • orange flavoured tictacs for Swansea. Mint flavour for the next home game.Might as well be ,Hoots and tactics are on oxymoron

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • By the look of the pic even the seagulls beggared off early. Unless you know different, waclor?

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Look at the picture used in this article. what an embrace. To be fair its more than he usually does. Normally its exactly the same with no eye contact but also no hand shake. Vintage Hughton. Yawn

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • It's plain to see that pairing Wes Hoolahan with Hooper is the best combination. Wes himself seems more effective with hooper up front and they form a better understanding than does Ricky Van W. So what does Mr Hughton do, he ignores that and plays an out of form striker who should be out on loan getting his confidence and timing back. Ricky may come good, but time is running out and the risk to our Premier league status is too much to risk. Also to replace Hoolahan with Guitierez instead of Nathan Redmund does not inspire me to think our management team are much good. Ineffective substitutions seem to be a habit, Just hope they get it right against West Brom. Perhaps Chris Hughton should sit up in the stands, high enough to watch play and movement. He may then make better decisions.

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    Bally High

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • VictorM

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Hi Johan, hold my hand a little longer, I am a little bit afraid at the moment.

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    Letsby Avenue

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • BP2 - thought we had lost you. Get off down to Liverpool St. and will see you at lunchtime in the Plasterers.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • .....Caption!....." I did exactly as you instructed Boss"!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Now thats a headline worthy pun. Archie minions take note.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Wow! That's a telling photo of Elmander coming off the pitch. No eye contact at all and a look of disdain or contempt on Hughton's face. Every word of Hughton's in this article is filled with denial and failure. He cannot keep defending the indefensible , we all saw the performance on TV, it was dire, pathetic,unmotivated,inept and unprofessional. To say that the" preparation going into the game was good" is just unbelievable if not a downright mistruth, there was no evidence of any preparation. In fact the team looked like 11 strangers who had just met in the pub car park and were making tactics up on the spot as they went along. please end this farce.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Sadly FIFACanary its all based on how many courses you've paid to go on and complete these days. Rather than someone who maybe is better at the job but doesnt have a certificate from Fifa saying hes a good coach. But then again that does some it up....hes a good COACH. Not a good man manager. Peter Grant will always command my respect because he had the honour to walk away and hold his hand up and say when it wasn't working. Hes since returned to what hes best at and thats being a top coach. Oh how I wish Hughton would do the same.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Having difficulty locating those "Marlborough Girls", El Dingo. Maybe I need to upgrade. Meanwhile, please bring a pdf to the pub. Thanks.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • For those who refuse to believe that Hughton has lost the dressing room, take a look at the faces in that very false handshake...

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    Mel Lacey

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Matt, stay calm at Fulham, do not get yourself a life time ban, there will be life after Hughton, it is just a case of how long we will have to wait. I for one pray that Gutierrez does not start next Saturday but likewise, I would not start with both Howson and Hoolahan in the same team. Both fine players in their own right but a tad lightweight against teams that battle. I would prefer Hoolahan, as he offers slightly more in attack when on form but Howson also offers the ability to get a few more shots in, so either not both would be fine.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Phew! Thank goodness April Fools Day is out of the way - now will the directors PLEASE sack him now we have passed this festival for fools?

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    Mel Lacey

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Hot off the press, "Lobbo replaces RVW for next home game".

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Tactically clueless. He tried his own style and wouldnt change it for the world. Then when that failed and he looked like he was facing the chop for certain he'd often do as the numpty's on Canary Call would demand.....2 up top, play wes, dont play wes, bring on Becchio, play redmond on the right, play redmond on the left....etc....what ever was requested he mysteriously did in the very next game (im not joking either, check the records). Using Hughton Logic I would fully expect Johnson & Gutierrez to start next game. Why wouldn't they? In Hughton land we only lost 1-0 2nd half against Swansea so thats a win in his eyes. Im telling you right now though, employ extra security at Fulham because if I dont get some kind of performance on my 6th visit to Craven Cottage I will be invading the pitch and I will personally be making my feelings known to Hughton & Co...to which I fully expect becchio, Wes & co to join in and help me. ;) If I have to witness us 3-0 or 4-0 down at HT and then watch as Hughton gives up and basically says "hey lets try draw the 2nd half 0-0" like he has many times this season ill lose the plot fully!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • If we`re going to run DMC, then it`s like that, it`s just the way it is.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • That really would be the fag end El Dingo

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Gutless chickens. Ready to be stuffed and roasted.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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