August 31 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich City got exactly what they deserved after another no show on the road in a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea City.
The Canaries’ sixth straight loss away from Carrow Road in the top flight left them six points clear of third-from-bottom Cardiff following a weak effort against the Swans. Jonathan de Guzman struck twice before the break and Wayne Routledge added a late third which barely reflected the hosts’ dominance.
Norwich’s best chance came immediately after the restart when Robert Snodgrass’ half-volley was hacked off his own line by Swans’ captain Ashley Williams.
“We didn’t deserve anything,” said Hughton. “Apart from a spell in the second half when Robert Snodgrass had a shot that was fabulously cleared off the line we were second best in the game. We have found it very difficult to get that right formula. We have chopped and changed and I felt we came here with a positive line up and off the back of a really good performance. You are reliant on keeping the ball well against a side like Swansea. We never kept it well enough and if that is the case then you can not afford to present them with good opportunities to score. They are too good a side not to take them when they hit a bit of form in front of goal.”
Swans’ counterpart Garry Monk insisted his side had played much better for less reward during his brief tenure despite moving above the Canaries and seven points clear of their Welsh rivals.
“It was a very important three points. We knew that before the game, whichever way we did it,” he said. “For me, we’ve played a lot better than that in quite a few of the games and got nothing. It was pleasing. In some spells we were very, very good with our creativity and movement for the goals but other periods we weren’t so good, we need to improve and I have told the players that. In the realm of three points, three goals and a clean sheet I can’t really complain.”