Chris Hughton rues Norwich City’s lack of a killer instinct in Fulham Premier League defeat

Ricky van Wolfswinkel is denied by Fulham match-winner Scott Parker in Norwich City's 2-1 Premier League Boxing Day defeat. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ricky van Wolfswinkel is denied by Fulham match-winner Scott Parker in Norwich City's 2-1 Premier League Boxing Day defeat. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, December 26, 2013
6:45 PM

Chris Hughton admitted Norwich City let Fulham off the hook in a 2-1 Boxing Day Premier League defeat.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Gary Hooper’s fifth goal in eight Premier League games was the perfect start for the hosts and the former Celtic striker spurned another clear opening with Fulham toiling defensively but Pajtim Kasami and Scott Parker struck either side of the interval to inflic a third home league defeat of the season on the Canaries.

“We’d built a little bit of momentum. We’re a bit like that. Once we make a couple of steps forward it’s a step back today. It’s tough at the moment. We’re tested in that midfield area with the injuries we have,” he said. “We got the goal and had two other very good chances, but conceded a very poor goal just before half-time that gives them a lift.

“We got a lot of balls into the box, but they’re a good side with good players. The game became a little bit open and they capitalised on that.

“It was probably a game in that second half that could have gone either way. We’ve made some poor decisions, we perhaps haven’t created enough-clear cut chances, but it’s not a question of the players not giving enough.”

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen insisted the Cottagers’ away win was a major boost in their survival battle despite wins elsewhere for fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

“You can keep looking at it and you have to in some ways, but you need to focus on your own tasks, making sure there is good quality in your work and performances are at the right level,” he said. “If you look too much over your shoulder you forget what you need to do yourself. I’m delighted with the points - very important. It could be a very significant goal but we can only tell when weeks and weeks go by,” added the former Manchester United coach.

“I’m delighted with Scott scoring the winner because his character and leadership on the pitch has typified the sort of performances we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. The first touch set him up and - boom - he hit it straight on the trigger. It gave John Ruddy no chance.”

Latest Norwich City stories

43 comments

  • Well bugger me, they are a very good side with very good players. How many times have we heard that this,season ?? Can someone enlighten me as to how many times Mr H has applied the same compliments to his own team this season ? Dreadful performance, either too much xmas pudding or the boys have simply lost the will to win.

    Report this comment

    Turkish Martin

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Whose word is "rue" - CH's or the EDP's? I for one am rueing CH as manager of NCFC

    Report this comment

    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I don't see one positive comment on here about the pathetic (mis)management team that we acquired. Mike Ashley at Newcastle said he didn't like Hughtons style of football and got rid, well now we all know why. Hughton, Bewiderwood and Tripe could not manage to get paralytic if they all fell in a vat of Jack Daniels , and I have been saying this for a season and a half. The man is totally clueless and if McNasty, Delia and MWJ can't or won't admit that they got it wrong in appointing him, then it's the Championship for us and the loss of the big pot of Premiership gold

    Report this comment

    oldtimer

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • The fact that MOTD didn't even bother to discuss the game says it all for me! Pathetic!! Hughton needs a late Christmas present....his cards!!

    Report this comment

    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Half a season should be more than enough for a Manager to pick the right team and get them playing decent football. apart from the occasional short sprint the majority of players just stand about instead of finding a space where a team mate can pass to them. An absolute load of c**p, the manager and players should be ashamed oh themselves with continuous effortless performances. Watching City is worse than watching paint dry. Elmander picked each week and looks like he is playing musical chairs with all the chairs removed just running round in circles getting nowhere. I always thought Hughton should be given a chance but nothing is changing, He has to go taking his back room staff with him. The most boring football I have seen anywhere in years, I was wrong again in thinking professional football was meant to be entertaining with the spectators paying hansomly for the opportunity of watching. Could go on forever about the dross City are calling football.

    Report this comment

    goldie

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • I'm not seeing anybody springing to the managers defence today , unlike every other week ! He and his staff have to go sooner rather than later . We have got decent players , but each and every week they are being dragged down by ineffective tactics and a total lack of motivation from the touch line . Each week we suffer through a dire performance & then the following week the same players are selected for eg , Elmander . Why not put Hooper up with Becchio , he needs games to prove what he can do not the odd cameo at the end of a game . We have to improve and quickly .

    Report this comment

    mjc75

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • The manager has stamped his personality on this team. No charisma, no drive, no flair, no forward play, no excitement! Newcastle & Birmingham played the same way. Straight, fair and honest he might be, but his team are not good enough to stay up playing his way. We need someone as manager to inspire the team and the supporters before it is too late. I am not jumping on a bandwagon - I said this when he was appointed. He is not an NCFC manager and never will be!! You dont score if you dont shoot and you dont win if you dont score and you will never stay up by playing negative football!! We are not good enough in any department set up as we are. The board need to sort it out and have enough bottle to say - we were wrong!!

    Report this comment

    Broadsman

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I can't make the game Saturday, and I'm actually not bothered about it. I would usually be distraught at missing such a high profile fixture, but I'm finding it hard to look forward to any of our games now. It's just all so boring and predictable at the minute! The damning indictment is that rather than attend through a sense of excitement and anticipation, it's now merely down to a sense of duty for me. Sad times......

    Report this comment

    Smudger75

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Fulham looked a very poor team but sadly so did we after a half decent start. Hoopers chance at 1-0 would have probably been decisive but was spurned and Fulham grew into the game as we faded. For once the substitutions came earlier but with little impact.

    Report this comment

    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Pathetic! All the players, management and board should donate a months wages to charity every time the team shows such a dismal display especially in front of the home supporters. CH - there are lots of management jobs around take one and leave this club forthwith!

    Report this comment

    Keep it Low

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I don't see one positive comment on here about the pathetic (mis)management team that we acquired. Mike Ashley at Newcastle said he didn't like Hughtons style of football and got rid, well now we all know why. Hughton, Bewiderwood and Tripe could not manage to get paralytic if they all fell in a vat of Jack Daniels , and I have been saying this for a season and a half. The man is totally clueless and if McNasty, Delia and MWJ can't or won't admit that they got it wrong in appointing him, then it's the Championship for us and the loss of the big pot of Premiership gold

    Report this comment

    oldtimer

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • We lost because the manager didnt drive his team on. Because he didnt come up with a plan "B", and because the team arent motivated to win. It seems that a draw will always do for Chris Hughton. Disappointment is probably the mildest description of how the frustrated and constantly let down fans feel. There is no fire in Chris Hughton's belly. He needs to cut out the "nicest manager in the division" stuff. Stop appearing to be content with mediocrity, and go for the jugular of his opponents. Fergy wasnt always popular.....but he was a winner! Mr Nice Guy doesnt give the impression of being anything, but a good loser!!

    Report this comment

    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Someone needs to invest in a thesaurus. Lost count of how many times I have seen "rues" in a headline concerning NCFC..

    Report this comment

    SussexYellow

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Does anyone think that we have lost 7 points from the last three games? Stuff playing nice football, win at any cost, please! Forget Saturday agaunst Man U, off to Palace New Years Day, that will be the telling game and have to say, not looking forward to it now. Need to win that one or we may be doomed. And will probably the final nail in the coffin of CH if we losedraw. Only a win will be good enough.

    Report this comment

    FXT Canary

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Derek mate, you don't realise it but you are raising an old viewpoint that we dealt with on these boards months ago. It does not matter if the players are top of the division or bottom of it. As with any other business in the world...the manager takes RESPONSIBILITY for the performance of those under him, good or bad. The buck stops with him or her ! If the team aren't performing it's up to Hughton + his staff to sort it out. I'm absolutely convinced what Old Yella says is correct + the only reason CH is still in charge is because NCFC are too soft + they don't want to have to admit they got it wrong + sack a "nice bloke" !

    Report this comment

    Timbo

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Look "fans"... Nigel kept his job when City were beyond repair... the Rodent dismantled the club bit by bit while the board watched... the Scotch Git was a clueless idiot, Bryan Gunn a true Green and Yellow was treated with utter disrespect... all this while the Board stood and watched.... SO really do you think they will Hoof the Hoot, he will be here in May come what may.... History

    Report this comment

    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • First post! after every game i always peek on here to see the views of others... i need to say mine! CH - im sick of hearing "we played a good side" CH - im sick of the tactics you use (or lack of) CH - im sick of the lads not playing for the manager as the manager has no fuel to ignite the fire! CH - im sick of watching and not seeing the desire from the players that you need to bring out in them... saturday will be my last game if i have to watch another like the last 4. CH - resign I for one wanted to give CH a chance 10 games ago, but its the same old story and it has to stop, i for one would love to wake up in the morning to CH bein sacked!!! all managers should be given a chance.................. CH is up!

    Report this comment

    Chowman

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • rue rue rue the boat gently over the falls..

    Report this comment

    Gruff

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Once again people blame the manager, the players are to blame, they are the ones they are on the pitch, they know exactly what has to be done, but the don't do it. RVW is a waste of space, and we are just not good enough for premier league, and never will be. Sack the players who don't perform

    Report this comment

    Derek McDonald

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • ..Mr D Mc D...We are all aware of the fact that it is the players that have to do the job on the field of play....BUT in this present set up at the club at the moment, there is no desire in the players or the management....Each and every one looks as if their thoughts are miles away, and that enthusiasm is transferred into their actions.... They may be the right players ...It may be the right management ...but what ever it is... it has to STOP!....Major changes have got to take place...There is so little in place to ensure that a coordinated side can be built....We would be NO worse off if all the management departed, and we were left to wander around aimlessly...that's how it is at present....I know that there are MEN at this club sitting in the sidelines, and living in or around Norwich, who given the opportunity, would bring about an improvement by the mere fact that they could get the players onside.....Men like Holt could be invited to return to add some fire.. from the sidelines!... But I suppose it's a balancing act of finance that stops immediate action being taken, therefore only mass protest as we have witnessed on these pages is likely to have the desired effect!....

    Report this comment

    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Managers rarely resign because if they do they don't get paid. Someone will have to fire the blighter. Along with others on here I thought we shouldnt have hired CH in the first place. The board must (belatedly) admit they got it wrong and pay him off.

    Report this comment

    Cecil

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • It was the starting line up I would have gone for and things started well enough, albeit a slightly lucky goal. Then things started to go wrong as our midfield simply could not be bothered to try to play. Fer looked unfit and uninterested in fighting for the ball. Parker's winner was a prime example, the ball was played within a yard of Fer and he simply let Parker take a free shot. I actually thing our defense played well, neither goal was down to them. The big problem was our midfield simply did not turn up and then to see Hoolahan replace Snodgrass on the right wing confirmed that the manager wanted to give them all three points today. Unless he is prepared to play Redmond on the right wing, I see little point in playing him as he wastes so many balls from the left shooting at the stars. God help us on Saturday.

    Report this comment

    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • SACK HUGHTON NOW !!! PLEASE I honestly cannot take more more game with this clueless, useless, moron in charge, he isn't even good enough to couch high school football. When are the board going to wake up and see that this fool is dragging our beloved canaries down. We are just lucky that the sides around us are not picking up points, otherwise we would be bottom, and sat Man U oh my goodness

    Report this comment

    Rottsrool

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • It is now or never for the board to show some leadership and guts and rid us of this clueless manager and his assistants. The change has to be made now because it is clear to almost all of us that we are for the drop under Hughton. We need a manager who can inspire and motivate the team and who can use the talent we have to its best potential. Continuing to play a left footed player on the right wing defies all logic and is frankly laughable. It is, though, an example which typifies the problems we have under Hughton.There is no doubt in my mind that if a change isn't made now, we are going down. His appointment was a huge mistake and unless rectified immediately we are a shoe-in for relegation.

    Report this comment

    malaga flier

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • please get rid of him before its to late OTBC

    Report this comment

    batesy

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Ooops, like buses, none for a while then two at once

    Report this comment

    oldtimer

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Too many one sided comments. 'ncfc boy' ,'Paul Who', 'Sharky' 'steady on' can you give an opposing opinion please.

    Report this comment

    Lobbo

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • 'Killer instinct' comes from the manager down, not from the team up. And it's more than killer instinct, it's about defending with players staying awake for 90 minutes. Only time City have really shown true killer instinct was against West Brom last year, the shackles came off for some reason and they went for it as a team - the 'as a team' is important. I don't know what the answer is - can Ole Gunnar Solkjaer (sorry about the spelling) commute into Norwich Airport?.

    Report this comment

    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I said before , that Norwich should have acted quicker , and teamed Meulensteen and Mike Phelan , while they were both available . As it is , Fulham have done even better , and got the highly regarded Alan Curbishley to join the Dutchman . All NCFC have got , is the ineffectual CH , and a coach and chief scout appointed largely because they`re friends with the manager .

    Report this comment

    dragonfly

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • OldYella ,I have an awful feeling that you may be right. Please,please let us be wrong. I can see this team plummeting down the divisions like a sinking ship. Do you think the board leave their brains elsewhere when they attend Carrow Road meetings? Much like MPs when they attend the Hof C?

    Report this comment

    stormy

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • CH is just pathetic. As a football manager he has almost no redeeming qualities. He is not even that nice. For God's sake someone sack him.

    Report this comment

    Cecil

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Fulham are a "Good side with good players " is CHs assessment. Fulham are a struggling side and third from bottom. What is CHs assessment of his own team having been beaten at home by such a side. Unlucky, again , or the latest one a midfield injury crisis. Throw in all the "rues " and it adds up to clueless manager blaming everything and everybody but himself. Time is rapidly running out and thoughthe board may boast of being debt free this will be of no consequence in the looming Championship. The players are a very poor bunch quality wise but there is no excuse for the basic errors they continue to make and lack of drive and effort.

    Report this comment

    stormy

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Depressing, depressing, depressing. Why do I continue to depress myself by watching such tedium. Snodgrass delivered nothing and Redmond has the ability to rip teams apart on the right wing. Surely CH can see that? We were in control of that game and then the defence and Ruddy decided they wanted to play, so they did by faffing about and ultimately giving a goal away. fed up with dropping points against teams we should be pulverising. It's becoming a scrap and we don't seem up for the fight.

    Report this comment

    jigs69

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Didn't the Vicar say something similar after Swansea + Sunderland? Never has a man "rued" so much + not done anything to change things !

    Report this comment

    Timbo

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Well it could have and should have been so different. We should be sitting in 10th place today after a bright start yesterday. But another lacklustre display for 70 mins got us the result we deserved from that performance. The inability to pass forward when in possession led to the first Fulham goal with the ball finishing with a Fulham player just outside our area. Absolute abysmal defending of the free kick led to that equalizer. Fulham were given far too much time and space and are not the first team this season to take advantage of that. Typical example was Fer not getting into Parker which led to the winning goal.We have not got anyone in this management team who can inspire our team. The pre match and post match comments from the manager always seems to boost up the opposition. I was one who advocated giving him a chance but this dire rubbish we are being forced to watch each week is slowly changing my opinion. We need hughton telling us how good his team is and how we are going to put the opposition under pressure not the other way round.

    Report this comment

    JohnW

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • What can CH apologists say? Nothing. A dire performance and a dire result. He's just not up to the job and he should be sacked.

    Report this comment

    Cecil

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Well it could have and should have been so different. We should be sitting in 10th place today after a bright start yesterday. But another lacklustre display for 70 mins got us the result we deserved from that performance. The inability to pass forward when in possession led to the first Fulham goal with the ball finishing with a Fulham player just outside our area. Absolute abysmal defending of the free kick led to that equalizer. Fulham were given far too much time and space and are not the first team this season to take advantage of that. Typical example was Fer not getting into Parker which led to the winning goal.We have not got anyone in this management team who can inspire our team. The pre match and post match comments from the manager always seems to boost up the opposition. I was one who advocated giving him a chance but this dire rubbish we are being forced to watch each week is slowly changing my opinion. We need hughton telling us how good his team is and how we are going to put the opposition under pressure not the other way round.

    Report this comment

    JohnW

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • oldyella I think you could be right but I hope not. Maybe the board are as gutless as Hughton is clueless the manager has lost the players and now many of the fans the board need to be brave pay the compensation and get shot now. At least that would mean the new manager would have any funds that are available for the January window.

    Report this comment

    Harry

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Pathetic!! It was even worse than that.. I guess Man U will turn out in white, cricketers that is, for the score will be , City all out for nothing...Manchester wins by 11 wickets..

    Report this comment

    canuk

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Why doesn't CH just resign ?

    Report this comment

    john in exile in Leeds

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • What game did Hughton watch? Not the one I did, poor. If we play like that Man U will destroy us.

    Report this comment

    b arclay

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I spoke to CH and his two helpers in the executive lounge of Norwich airport pre season.This was while he left the rest of the team out in departures. My point is I have spoken to many football managers and I have never seen such a lack of team spirit as I did that morning in Norwich. This has continued through the season which is no surprise.Oh I almost forgot, CH can not even be bothered to live in the county of Norfolk during the week, which to me shows his team spirit again. CH you are not for NCFC so please leave.

    Report this comment

    Panic

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • We’ve made some poor decisions, we perhaps haven’t created enough-clear cut chances, but it’s not a question of the players not giving enough.” Thtas right Mr Hughton its not down to the effort but the narrow minded tactics. So many times players had the ball but no one to pass to. So many chances to cross but no one in the box. Get rid of him now.

    Report this comment

    JonnyBeGood

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT