Monday, January 21, 2013
Manager Chris Hughton stopped short of issuing an apology to the Yellow Army for his Norwich City players’ second Premier League hammering of the season at the hands of Liverpool, but he did admit: “Today was a really bad day”.
The Canaries crashed to a 5-0 defeat at Anfield in front of nearly 2,000 travelling fans who braved bitterly cold conditions to make the 500-mile round trip to Merseyside. It was City’s fifth defeat in six league games, their season having well and truly stalled since a 10-match unbeaten run before Christmas took them to a heady seventh place in the table.
“At this moment it’s not a good feeling. We have been well and truly beaten today by a very, very good side – a side that were very clinical in everything they did,” said Hughton.
“But we weren’t good enough today and we have to be better than that. You come to these quality clubs and quality grounds and you have to make sure you turn up. We were nowhere near as good as we have been, or as good as we could have been.”
City gave a reasonable account of themselves until Jordan Henderson fired Liverpool ahead on 26 minutes. They might even have taken the lead as early as the seventh minute when Ryan Bennett, deputising for the injured Sébastien Bassong in defence, put a free header from a Robert Snodgrass free-kick straight at goalkeeper Brad Jones.
“You never know. Goals give teams lifts and probably that’s the big difference,” said Hughton. “Our best chance, certainly, was Ryan Bennett with the header and I thought he should have done better. I thought he should have scored. It was a really good delivery and a really good position.”