Chris Hughton is adamant tonight’s painful 4-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final exit to Aston Villa will not derail Norwich City’s Premier League survival bid.

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The Canaries’ saw their Wembley dreams crushed by Paul Lambert on his first return to his old club, but Hughton is confident his dejected players will get back on track against Wigan at Carrow Road this weekend.

Steve Morison’s early opener was cancelled out by Brett Holman before Andreas Weimann’s late brace and Christian Benteke’s stoppage time strike ruthlessly ended City’s 10-game unbeaten run.

“We have a group of lads who have been through it before,” said Hughton. “We are not going to win every game at this club and fortunately for us we had been on a great run. At some stage that was going to end. They are good enough professionals. They know we have to be better at the weekend and they also know there is a real good opportunity at home to put things right. The players are down and disappointed because it was a semi-final at stake. The changing room is down but what we mustn’t do is take away what they have achieved in the last couple of months and how good the team have been. It is my responsibility to make sure we get back on track.”

Hughton was magnanimous in his praise for Lambert’s young outfit.

“I can’t fault the endeavours but we have to take it on the chin,” he said. “We knew that everything for us is this season is going to be a challenge. We have probably surprised a few people with the run we have had. It is important the players now get some rest and go again. It is not as if we were playing a poor team tonight. They were also in good form, they are young and energetic. They are a decent Premier League team and although we were at home we have probably been beaten by the better team.

“Did we want to go through? Yes, absolutely we wanted to go through but our priority is to make sure we have got Premier League status next season. These type of defeats you have to take it on the chin and you have to learn from it. The disappointing thing is we did concede goals but we had opened up so much to get back in the game. I don’t think it is a true reflection of how we have defended for most of the night. Good luck to Aston Villa.”

Hughton admitted City paid for failing to take their own clear-cut chances in an action-packed quarter-final.

“We had plenty, but I think it just came down to the pivotal moments in the game and we had to make sure we held onto that lead for longer than we did in the first half,” he said. “We had a great couple of chances in the second half and if they go in then it is a different game. It became very open in the end because we needed to try and get back into the game and it became I suppose a typical end-to-end cup-tie. In the areas that mattered they obviously showed more than what we did. If you look at their finishes they were all good.

“Shay Given pulled off a great save from Grant Holt and Morison had a chance early in the second period. It was a game where you had to take the chances. They are a good side and they use the space really well. We needed to use it better at times and when we needed to show some composure in that second half we gave the ball away a little bit too cheaply and we conceded poor goals, which is not like us.”

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38 comments

  • Martin back for 2 games 7 goals conceded...Ball watch Barnett back for 1 game and 2 mins 5 goals conceded...errrrmmm does not take a genius to figure out our weeknesses

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    AC Canary

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • We had our chances and missed them, and Given made a crucial save at 1=1.Dont blame Villa for winning it , they were just sharper infront of goal on the day. Benitez and chelsea will win this particular beast , probably were going to before City went out. wigan will get the backlash and NCFC will have 25 points

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Monkeynuts - Nice to see you quoting the Bible - Ask and you will receive.....

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    Eddie Kerridge

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Don't worry waclor, I am sure it won't take long for that Monkey Nutter to come out of his tree! Of course, it would have been nice to win, but staying in the Premier League is the most important thing. Another win on Saturday would please me more.

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I hate losing, at absolutely anything. In my job there were no runner's up spots. So yes, I would much rather be looking forward to seeing the Yellow & Green at Wembley. What is done, is done. Onwards and upwards with a positive attitude. Good luck Villa, nothing personal but I'd just love to see the mighty Bradford win it now, as the underdog, by more than a lead and a collar. Roll on Saturday to blow away the remains of last night and take it out on Wigan.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Anyone up for a handbag fight?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Norman its not an irrelevant result, remember last season and the FA cup against Leicester, the home defeat and the long run of poor results after it, this can mess up things ; hope it does not though

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • OhnoDoc - please expand on your comments. Please point me to where I have used insulting language or desparaged your team.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Did not fancy a trip to Bradford anyway. Their stewards were most uppity the last time we were there

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Yes, three posts trying to extract the last morcel of satisfaction from last night's result. Oh please, please say it hurt, say you wanted to win. Please say you are disappointed, you wanted to beat Spurs, why not Villa. Please say your gutted, please say Delph was great and please, oh please say you wanted to go to Wembley. I'm begging because I can't enjoy the sweet and let's face extremely rare taste of victory without the Schadenfreude element. Really, and I'm sad?

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Agree with the positivity from Bedford Canary and MB. OK - so we're disappointed and we'd much rather it hadn't been Lambert's team BUT we are 7 points clear of the drop zone with a home game against Wigan coming up. Villa are only out of the drop zone on goal difference with an away game at Liverpool next. I know where I'd rather be. There's plenty of time for cup runs when we really are an established team and kicking on for a European spot. Let's not let any negativity now spoil what we're doing in the league.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • A totally irrelevant result. City can get back to work and continue to climb up the league.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Brew! You asked for a name for the future, possibly in the January window. Well! Dwell on this. He plays for Bradford and goes under the name of WELLS. Haven't noticed Dissaster on here in recent times. Any ideas?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • And PS i am sorry to everyone for being thoroughly childish and spoiling it for everyone.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • As normal, there is no room for debate on these forums. Thoroughly spoilt through childish behaviour. I won't take your petty responses as one of all NC fans, your in the minority. Good luck saturday, any other reasonable fans who want to carry on the debate I'm more than happy to talk with. Inners - you've had your time, goodbye xxx

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Where's Billy the Berkie then? I was looking forward to a stupid message.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Just when I thought peace with MonkeyNuts had broken out. Isn`t there something in the Bible about an olive twig or something? Hoots` careful words contain the clue "In the areas that mattered they showed more than what we did" (sic).- ie, taking chances. Too early to start panicking, Captain Mainwaring, but the defence seems to have lost confidence in the `keeper just now. I`m sure Hoots will fix that. 3 points from Wigan on Sat and we burst 10 points clear of the drop zone. Get those points, boys! IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • No doubt about it Villa had the luck on the day. We shouldnt grumble as we have had it of late. At the end we didnt look up for it. Shame!! OTBC

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    sharky

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • DownUnder - ask and you will receive. You spelt my name wrong hence why it took a little longer. Richard - I agree, poor decisions. I think he should have fielded a stronger side as you would have been through against our second string. Makes a mockery of the effort you put in to beat Spurs. Maybe it was just one-up-manship on CH part? The better team won on the night, both teams should have scored more, but we were more clinical. Don't be fooled into thinking that you can just now concentrate on the league, you were only 2 games from going to Wembley if you'd won last night, tell me that didn't mean anything to the players. They'll be gutted even if your not.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • We have to believe Whits, R. Bennett, Tettey & Hoolahoop were really injured B Inners? Garrido "rested". What concerns me more is, that in a squad apparently replete with midfielders, there are no natural understudies to Tettey & Wes. Should we anticipate a clearance sale in Jan with that problem being addressed by replacements being brought in? Lapps, Foxy & Surman to go? But who comes in? Where`s Ewan Chester just now.........?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Or is Jacob B destined to be the New Wessi? Too soon for that?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I had the same thoughts AC + add Bunn to that -1 goal for and 6 against in 2 halves of football - that's almost as bad as Theo(klitos)!

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    canarydownunder

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Poor management decision. Should have played more second string players as previous rounds. Now we have tired first team players for Saturday's must win game against Wigan, given we have Chelsea and Man City coming up.

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Mad Brewer- Perhaps you could take over from CH.You seem to have all the answers or is it just B....t as usual?

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    dave123

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I thought if you had hoolahan in the side you would have outplayed us. Best player on the pitch was Delph, I know I'm biased but he made us tick. We had no natural ball player, no spark in midfield, and it showed. Holt struggles without WH and Morrison, apart from his well taken goal, is not Prem standard. You boys won't go down, surely a cup exit at QF stage is disappointing for you?

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Why is it that I try to post agreeing with the opinion about Wells and also the big guy but it gets ethered?

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Time for a reality check. We lost a cup match after 3 wins inc Spurs. As for Villa they scored 4 away at Man City in a previous round. Benteke cost as much as our squad! We are well placed in the Prem. OTBC

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    Bedford Canary

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • The Bradford v Arsenal match was watched by someone else who realised they never handled Wells or the big guy

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I am Swiss but only if you tell me how good I am, how much it hurt and how hard you tried after I win

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • McNarly got his way then. A twenty per cent reduction in ticket prices was matched by a similar reduction in first team players.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Oh dear B Inners - how very sour you are. You probably watched the game from the comfort of your armchair. I'm not going to be provoked, I have been civil in my comments. I could say this looks like the start of your decline like it was last season, but I won't. Beating any team to reach a semi final is good in anyones books, since when has reaching Wembley not been good enough for Norwich? Don't say you wouldn't relish a day at Wembley and playing in Europe, to say concentrating on the league now is just papering over the cracks. The players will be gutted, I can't see how your not? Have a great day MrMrs Inners, I wish you all the luck in the world for the remainder of the season xxx merry christmas.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Don't have to apologise B Inners, the individual involved doesn't seem to match up to his own non-childish standards. Best thing to do is ignore his puerile posts and look at where both teams are in the League.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • What happened to the last team from the Duran Duran Town who did well in the League Cup?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • OhnoDoc - please expand on your comments. Please point me to where I have used insulting language or desparaged your team.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • positives, i thought the man of the team was Snodgrass, Bradley played well also Howson, Holt after his fall was never in it, and as for Barnet and co....oh no!

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    Colby Army!

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • OhnoDoc - please expand on your comments. Please point me to where I have used insulting language or desparaged your team.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Thought you'd already gone. A final I don't want to play with you I want to play with someone who will tell me what I want to hear. Please anybody tell me you're hurt and you really wanted it, tell me about the time we nicked your manager and you were all upset. Please, anybody, is there anyone listening? Monkey Numb Nuts sticks out bottom lip and kicks stones. PS It's Binners as in the lot down the road.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Oh how the mighty have fallen. Once apon a time a cup victory against Norwich wouldn't have meant much. For a supposed "big club" you really can't mix it with the big boys can you? Say hi to Wolves and Brum on your way down and get used to the Baggies being the best team Mouthy Nuts

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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