Norwich City are in downward spiral, admits Chris Hughton

Norwich City skipper Grant Holt found it difficult to find an opening once he came on. Norwich City skipper Grant Holt found it difficult to find an opening once he came on.

Monday, January 28, 2013
12:36 PM

Chris Hughton warned his Norwich players they will have to live with the legacy of their shock 1-0 FA Cup fourth round loss to Luton Town.

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The experienced City boss knows his squad carved their own niche in Cup folklore for all the wrong reasons after becoming the first top flight club since Coventry City in 1989 to lose to non-league opponents.

“This is a game we were expected to win, the criticism will be harsher from all quarters. What we have to do is be able to take all of that on the chin because it’s going to hurt for a little while,” he said.

“We’re all hurting at the moment. There isn’t one of these players who won’t be aware of what today meant – not one of them.

“For anyone who doesn’t, they’ll soon hear on the radio or pick up the papers and it’s going to be a tough few days for us.

“Even if they’re not aware of that it doesn’t make any difference. What they are aware of is that it is a game we were expected to win. It’s a game they know if we don’t win there will be a lot of criticism.

“Of course, a lot will be made of the fact we didn’t win. Probably more will be made of the fact that Luton did win and we have to give them credit. They came with a gameplan, made it very difficult for us and we didn’t do well enough to open them up.”

Hughton admitted there is precious little time for navel-gazing with Champions League-chasing Tottenham’s Premier League visit on the horizon and City on what their manager has labelled a ‘downward spiral’ since a club-record unbeaten run in the modern era.

“What we do have is another game on Wednesday and we’ll certainly have to better than today and better than of late,” he said. “We are on a little bit of a downward spiral. If you ask me did we deserve to lose the game, then categorically we didn’t. I thought we had the better chances. Although it wasn’t a good enough performance we had more possession. We didn’t put the ball in the back of the net and if you are vulnerable at any stage things can go against you.

“Yes, we are in a downward spiral at the minute and we need to turn that around very quickly. If our recent form continues into the next games, it’s going to be very difficult to pick up results and pick up points.”

Hughton again had reason to focus on City’s inability to unlock the opposition, in what has become a recurring theme during the club’s testing campaign.

“We found it very difficult to break them down,” he said.

“The good chances we had we could not put them away and that would have changed the game. Even in the second half period when we pushed and pushed they caught us on the classic counter-attack.

“That was a poor goal for us to concede and it was one thing we said at half-time. Yes, we wanted to push and as much as we wanted to get back in the game and get this goal we knew they were a fit side.

“Perhaps that one opportunity they had, they scored in the second half. If you don’t put your chances away and create the chances you need then it is going to be a difficult afternoon.”

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51 comments

  • If Hughton is so defence minded why are we letting in goals and losing? The team is unmotivated and c**p. Need at least 4 signings, 2 forwards & 2 defenders.

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    goldie

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Come on Dubai. you can do it: Norwich City 0, Tottenham Hotspur

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • sorry for spelling keep hitting wrong keys must take more time

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    Obi-wan

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Swiss Canary I love your little sketch, worthy of a Blackadder episode. You forgot to mention that ".....unfortunately we took off without a pilot having lent ours to Huddesfield Airlines but we felt that having twenty extra stewardesses, four extra groundcrew and borrowing a kid from the Tottenham Air Cadets would be ok. We have been hoping to complete a mid-air transfer of a top quality pilot from a rival airline but the combined problems of our unwillingness to pay the price and being unable to find a pilot to get on a plane which looks doomed to crash in any case seems to make this unlikely. As your captain I of course shall be baling out at some time soon but may I thank you for flying Idiot Airlines and say what a pleasure it has been having you on board."

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    waclor

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I posted this on another board, thinking there could be some reaction .As no one followed on with a comment, I will give you gentlemen an opportunity to dig me in the ribs...... So Mr Hughton is going to take full responsibility according to this story, What on earth does that mean? He says that he picked the team, and instructed the players, and they FAILED, all of them.... He has No regrets...... He then blames the officials like all LOSERS do.... So what's next in this responsibility game?..... He has NOT been a success story from the first match- remember-- Fulham 5 Norwich 0--.....Lady Luck, and the players have grafted our points onto the board.... I hope I am not clairvoyant, but there seems to be a lack of trust and togetherness between the playing staff and the management. There is certainly seems no intention of any of them dying for the cause.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Uber negative. Dont think I read anything positive by Hoots in that article , has he given it up. Where is the we will do better stuff, not the its going to be hard oh dear , poor me , what can we do stuff

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I expected we'd sometimes lose to some of the big clubs @ the start of the season, but losing this many on the bounce, followed by an FA cup exit to non-league oppo wasn't on the menu. Get it sorted Hughton. WHAT? We're in a downward spiral? No $%^& Sherlock. Good job you pointed that out to us Chris, cos we'd never have worked it out for ourselves. As dear old Rangi Ram was often heard to remark on It Ain't Half Hot Mum..." Oh the blessings of a university education"...

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    Timbo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Headlines like a 'downward spiral' are not what we want now CH, I am fully behind you remember, we need fighting talk, motivation and committment now. Spurs had a bad result at Leeds so let's see which team is most committed on Wednesday!! Speculation about transfer targets is not important until something happens ( must do ), we need to focus on what we have got here and make best use of it. These players need to focus on job in hand and earn their gravy.OTBC

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    johnnyp

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • johnnyp, I`m glad that you brought up the subject of Vaughan. Though hindsight tells us his injury woes are still with him, he still looked the likeliest lad pre-season and had the additional benefit of being an "unknown quantity". (As he hardly ever plays!). Like you, I found his being shipped out on a season`s loan quite crazy at the time and still find it a tad odd. C. Martin was kept. Why?? I think history may show that Leicester City made the signing of the year - Chris Wood, a snip @ £1mill. PS, in an earlier life, my nickname was the same as your posting moniker!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Dobby, not defending CH but he came in at wrong time with Holt transfer request on table and maybe sorted that out too quickly. Tried to get Mackail-Smith, ended up with Kane so believe he knew we were light up front. Loaning out Vaughan was a bit strange, especially with his pre-season form!! We talk about tactics but we don't have the firepower personnel available at present and is why we are all screaming for attacking options.

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    johnnyp

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Look at it like this, we weren't the only PL team to come unstuck at the weekend FA games - Liverpool, Spurs & Villa to name a few others - also Cheski are not out of the woods with Brentford yet and were almost embarrassed. So lets GET OVER IT we have an opportunity to put the house back in order on Wednesday when we should be going for it against Spurs ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • For a small club like us, who lets be honest, have never won anything in the way of major competitions, I think that we are punching above our weight. I thought that we did well to restrict Luton to just the one goal. Pretty sure after they had watched us play a few times that they came to CR expecting to really turn us over, but the boys did well. COYC

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    NB

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Re the "navel-gazing" I think little Benno is the worst navel gazer we've got.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Who's NB? The new Archant tea boy?

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Indeed Brew "Dornier" just wish we could "Spitfire" like we used to....?

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Quote: “We’re all hurting at the moment. There isn’t one of these players who won’t be aware of what today meant – not one of them. “For anyone who doesn’t, they’ll soon hear on the radio or pick up the papers and it’s going to be a tough few days for us. CH THAT'S YOUR JOB!!!! HELLO!!!!!!

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    JMH

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Nice one Swiss - Air traffic control says don't panic, change your formation - buy a decent striker and land safely in premier league next year. Captain Hughton can you hear us... hello.... hello?....

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    JMH

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Just seen the pic. What's Holty done to their Number Six?

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • City are in free fall C H he has to take some the blame . He new we needed a goal scorer when he took over as manager he thought G Holt would carry on scoring last even. I new he would not score as many last season it was a one off . The way he have them playing is not working now with one up front is not working now you will you need 2 strikers but we don't have 2 strikers that can goal scorers.

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    Obi-wan

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • We're in a downward spiral are we? Well spotted Sherlock!! Whooton's as sharp as a sponge isn't he? Well done bullet. You silly man. Warm Regards to all the GedFans out there!

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • It's getting worse, somewhere in the economy section we have discovered that there is a "Shoe Bomber", or should that be "Steroo bomber".

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I hope CH hasn't just realised that we are in a downward spiral. The signs were there a while ago. Some players look jaded, some lost their effectiveness, teams have worked us out with the one system same players, he is either unwilling or unable to change things on his feet during a game. A look at his subs in games when we are losing, you could be forgiven for thinking he was defending a loss.. Hughton a Defender first and foremost..somethings you cannot change

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    gordon52

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Now we need a poster called "Hurry Can". ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • PS: I logged in this evening think the headline would be Ch sacked and Nigel Adkins appointed as new manager. I must have been dreaming or am I?

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    Keep it Low

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • From my seat in the Barclay, Big Benno ran him very close indeed on Saturday. On The Cheap City!

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Guardian reporting Hoots may sell Holt if he can sign RVW or Hooper as a replacement

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Dubai Canary, while I don't like been referred to as a lunatic, I know agreeing with GED Stereo for once does put me in that category possibly, so I will pass over the offensive remark. I admire your optimism and of course, all bar GED, hope you are right. ITs just my opinion and most others that Hoots is not up to he job sorry

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I`m surprised, in view of his WWII location in the Garden of England, that Kent Canary didn`t chose "Tailspin" as the descriptor. Dubai`s optimism is admirable; a state of Nirvana. I wish I could get there but no Fokker comes close.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • The more I read this report, the more despondent I become. Pity CH doesn't have a hairdryer like a certain Manchester United Manager. Where is the rallying cry?

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • wivenhoebudgie; Exactly, he should be instilling confidence, not whining about it. It's over, move on, forget what happened as a result because it can't be changed. The trouble is that he is very negative in his approach to the game itself so he's highly unlikely to be positive in discussion. We can't have been unlucky to score so few goals all season, something needs to be changed. If players can't motivate themselves, even on what is a lower footballers wage, then maybe they should try a few weeks in the boots of a normal working man earning a much lower wage in comparison to hours put in, wages taken home. People like G.H. would do well to remember his background and express that to his team mates. Next thing we'll hear is how tired the poor lads are after having to do a few hours training a week, followed by 90 minutes of effort on a Saturday afternoon. Send them to CTCRM for a couple of weeks rest and recuperation, just to enlighten them on the hardships of the real world, they'll soon realise how well off they are. The England Rugby team won the World Cup after a session there. Unfortunately for us foolish followers of the game, we'll still be wearing Yellow & Green long after they have all moved on. Maybe they should even have a sit down at Carrow Road on a Sunday morning and have a chat with the fans to find out what people really feel about the previous day's result, win or lose.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I'm not one for class distinction, so I hope that people don't take this the wrong way. But I think that we would all agree that we feel more comfortable surrounded by people of our own pedigree. I must say that I feel that NCFC would benefit if they were to take on the same philosophy. A drop down a league, or even two, would make them feel much more comfortable, you know, surrounded by clubs of our own calibre. COYC

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    NB

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Well that is real inspiring stuff, and I suspect Hoots few supporters on here are begining to change their mind. next press conference will no doubt be spent talking up THFC, how brilliant and unbeatable they are. McNally speak, action, are u really impressed by all this, HELP!!!!!!!!!

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • so luton came with a game plan.what the h--- was ours?

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    bluelight

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • "Little bit of a downward spiral". Probably 'freefall' is more appropriate. Whichever it is, let's hope the situation is reversed over the next few games. Four points minimum from the Spurs and QPR games would be a nice start.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • There's no getting around that this was a bad performanceresult and some of the players need to take a serious look at themselves but if anyone thinks that sacking Hughton at this point in the season is going to help they are dreaming. While I don't always agree with Hughton's tactics or team selections he has done a pretty decent job so far bearing in mind that this was always going to be a very hard season. How many people expected us to be 7 points clear of the drop after 23 games? Especially after the start we had. Our starting 11 should have been good enough to beat Luton on saturday but this is cup football and they didn't even after Hughton brought on the "big guns" with plenty of time left. Let's wish Luton the best of luck, try to forget this game and get behind the lads for the spurs game. OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I take your point Bootneck but if you can make a single RMC out of Saturday's shower you're a better man than me.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I looks like the lunatics have taken over the asylum here. I suppose a natural reaction to the result against Luton. lets get three points against Spurs on Weds and we can look towards a roll of three more perfectly winnable games in February with points for the taking. Just need to get that belief back - oh ye of little faith - there may be a transfer surprise or two coming our way too soon. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Captain Hughton. As you might have noticed the plane is in a little bit downward spiral at the moment and we need to turn this around very quickly or it will be rather difficult for the rescue crews to sort the remains of the baggage from the remains of you. In order to stop this we need to start flying upwards in the near future. We have had chances to fly upwards but we have not taken them and so we are spiraling downwards, which is what happens if you lose control. The rest of the crew know that I am not very happy about this. There is no need to panic because I have a golden parachute. For your entertainment and free of charge, we have provided a cartoon featuring "Rocky & van Wolfswinkel" called "The £10 million canary."

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Downward spiral? Is anyone going to do anything about it? Not Hughton, by the sound of it. On The Cheap City.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Ello Canary's. Just thought I'd have a quick look to see if Ged Scott or Rob Steroo who regularly repeat their negative comments on the EADT site are, as expected by most of us,to be from your side of the fence....strangely you have a regular annoying commenter called Ged Steroo! Wow, Steroo that's about as clever as your comments! At least Clever Canary has the decency to just slag us off and not pretend. Anyway looks like we all have some common ground...both struggling and all of us massive Steroo fans, well according to him on this site anyhow! All chins up eh!

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    GorlestonBoy

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • PS Dubai Canary, I hope you are not spending too much time out on that Arab sun, it can do terrible things to the brain

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Lovely stream of puns, Swiss. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • No Goldie!.. Our first priority is a new Engine Driver with a proper plan!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Seems like we need a better performance from our Harry Kanes if we are going to win this Battle of Britain. Unfortunately our Bouncing Bunn is no Dam-Buster. Let's hope we get somebody new in before D-Day.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • It would help if Bunn could retain the ball more often in his (wait for it) measured mitts.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • ok dubai one more time. Fill in the blank for me? Norwich City 0, Tottenham Hotspur

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Keep your head in the sand Mr Carrow, it's now starting to rain!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Bootneck R.M you have the answer as an ex RM we need to show the team and CH what it is all about and while they are there they can donate there wages to a worthy charity as penance.

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    Keep it Low

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Oh CH that's not what I want to hear, give me strength. The players and manager should be rellishing Wednesday, the chance to put things right. They should be champing at the bit to get out there. I can't wait for it and I know the crowd will be behind them and we need all 11 players 110% committed. CH will make them feel they've lost the game before it's even started. Spurs are beatable, we've done it once this season and we can do it again. MTFU.

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    Bookface

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • I admire your positivity, Dubai. Lets discuss the score against Tottenham. I'll start, you finish. Norwich 0, Tottenham Hotspur

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Unfortunately the plane referred to by Swiss and elaborated upon by Waclor, has made a forced landing at sea. All onboard are safe and are awaiting rescue in their little rubber dinghy's. There is a disturbing report that the dinghy's are moving in a circular manner and , yes , they are in a whirlpool !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 28, 2013

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