December 9 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Chris Hughton saluted his Norwich players for a job well done in Saturday’s FA Cup third round 3-0 cruise over Peterborough at London Road.
The City chief made eight changes to his starting line up from the New Year’s Day Premier League defeat to West Ham and Hughton was rewarded with an emphatic response from his new look side. Elliott Bennett and Simeon Jackson were paired in tandem up front and struck a goal apiece before the interval. Robert Snodgrass wrapped up the cup win with a cool roll underneath Bobby Olejnik in the 70th minute to ease the Canaries into Sunday afternoon’s fourth round draw.
“I think our approach to the game was spot on,” he said. “Sometimes you get a feel for the game early on and I felt if we could score then it was there for us because our approach from the first minute was very professional. Of course you need the goals to give yourself a bit more of a comfortable time. Half-time was crucial, I felt, and if they get one back it could be a tough afternoon but I thought we were very professional first to last. I was delighted after deciding to make some changes.”
Posh counterpart Darren Ferguson revealed he planned a clear-the-air meeting before his under-performing players would be allowed to leave London Road on Saturday night to sift through a lifeless display from the Championship strugglers.
“Disappointment is one word I would use,” he said. “First and foremost given it was our biggest crowd of the season I would like to apologise to our own supporters for that performance. We are at home in a cup game but for whatever reason my players turned it into a pre-season game. I’ll have a meeting with them in a bit. I didn’t want to say anything straight after the game because sometimes you can say things you regret. It was a shocking performance. I know what I am going to say. They will expect me to pick them up again either tonight or tomorrow or Monday or Tuesday. Perhaps they are starting to take that for granted. Are we lacking leaders? I’m not going to answer that question.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.