Norwich boss Chris Hughton felt City made life too easy for Chelsea at times in their 1-0 Premier League Boxing Day reverse to Rafa Benitez’s title contenders.

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

Juan Mata settled a game Chelsea controlled for long spells, but Hughton was unhappy in the first period with the number of times the Canaries conceded possession.

“The area I was disappointed in during the first half was that, we have been good on the ball, but we were a little bit loose and it allowed them to have three or four good counter-attacks,” said Hughton. “We dealt with them eventually very well but it was a ball that was given away (that led to the goal), they broke very well and we got bodies around the ball but I think you have to admire the strike.

“That is why Chelsea pay the money they do for the attacking players they have and it was probably the one real bit of quality in the game that perhaps deserved a goal.”

The defeat for the Canaries followed Saturday’s 2-1 reverse at West Brom and leaves Hughton’s side 11th in the table with champions Manchester City the visitors to Carrow Road at the weekend.

“I thought we dealt with them for really big periods of the game, the chances they had I thought were fairly minimal, we restricted them,” he said.

“As the game opened up in the second half I think we broke very well and showed good energy and might have got a draw in the end.”

Latest Norwich City stories

20 comments

  • Very honest Hughton I like the way you deal with things. And let's face it Rafa, Lampard will be at Chelski at least as long as you are, so you are right not to worry about it!

    Report this comment

    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • We signed Harry Kane, a proven goal scorer on a season long loan, why aren't we playing him ?

    Report this comment

    Dennis Wall

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • A defeat by one goal against the European champions is not too bad. The sad thing is that City had a chance at the very end to tie it. At this level all chances must be taken. A free header which for some reason was headed towards the ground is baffling. A good chance went begging. City played well but defended so deep at times and gave the ball away needlessly. Against one the best teams in the league,you will get punished.

    Report this comment

    norman hall

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • CH is a class act. If we can add a couple of new players in the transfer window that would be great. A forward to replace Morison. It's going to be tough but I am convinced there are at least 3 worse teams in the prem than us.

    Report this comment

    andys

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • If that`s the way Swansea are shaping up under Laudrup, Doc, I`ll remove him from my shortlist for Premiership Young Gentleman Manager of the Year (PYGMY). Must say, I hadn`t noticed that but I`ll pay more attention in future! Hoots alluded to "a lack of quality in the final third", hopefully he has the answer in hand? We did give the ball away in dangerous places, too. Hoolahoop, Garrido & Big Bass all culpable. No need to panic, Pike; we`re still 10 points clear of the dreaded drop zone. IHWT.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • Hysteresis. I`m going loopy.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • Agree on the header technology, Swiss. Maybe Bass had overestimated the sogginess of the pitch! Or underestimated its hardness. There`s a physics term for it which escapes me just now.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • I think that what we need to do is bring in some of the downright nastiness that Laudrup has introduced to the Swansea team. That has taken a team of mediocrities high in the league, like Wimbledon in the old days. I'm not just talking about the van Persie incident, if you watch MOTD just look out for feet left in, tackles that are just that little bit high etc. it makes a team very unattractive but gets results.

    Report this comment

    DocOhNo

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • I agree, Dennis. Kane could be given 20-25 minutes if we`re not cutting it up front. But you wouldn`t take Holty off unless he was injured or knackered (he should be, the amount of work he puts in!). So it would mean a change of formation, with one of Pilks, Snods or Wessi coming off? Or even a defensive midfielder? A bit too much swash around the buckle for Hoots methinks? The surprise element of introducing a relatively unknown player could prove useful, too. There`s no doubt that the way CH has set the team up is more solid and sustainable than last season, but lacks a cutting edge just now. IHIT, though. He`s doing fine.

    Report this comment

    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • In answer to Norman Hall, unfortunatley the chance that he mentions at the end fell to Bassong. While it is good that central defenders get forward for these opportunities, they aren't always as good as forwards and midfielders at taking them. Never mind, he did score against Everton, and no doubt will get more in the future

    Report this comment

    KelvedonCanary

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • Another thought, why do we never swap our wingers over from left to right to mix it up a bit. Spurs do it to good effect. Is that 12 in two games Mr L ??

    Report this comment

    spanishcanary

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • And on Bassong's downward header, that's what he does. We all like to see a power header going stright into the upper part of the net in those situations but if you are only slightly off with thatyou will miss the target completely. Heading it into the ground greatly increaces the chances of hitting the target and is harder to follow as the tajectory is changing right in front of the defenders or at their feet like a "Yorker". There is a greater chance of it hitting a leg and being cleared, but also deflected in. Not so pretty but on average the most likely to produce a goal.

    Report this comment

    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • A point would have been a fair result.......But to take all 3 was fantastic. well done Chelsea

    Report this comment

    bald_mammoth

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • Happy Christmas to you all !! Totally agree with the comment's here. I think we played quite well too. It must have been on the odd one or two's mind what Chelsea did to Villa, we were switched on most of the time, but yes gave a few balls away cheaply. How did you think Pilks looked when he moved inside more in the second half? Just an idea someone mentioned it here recently.

    Report this comment

    spanishcanary

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • I thought we deserved a point from the game - unlike the West Brom game where I thought they deserved to win it. Johnson had a good game, but I think we still give the ball away too cheaply at times, as was the case with the wayward pass from Garrido that led to their breakaway and goal. But some of our passing was excellent, and a pleasure to watch. I just wish Jackson would be given more of a chance to show what he can do, Morison just does have the passion anymore.

    Report this comment

    Dobbino

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • In the short time available to CH in the close season, he upgraded the defence quickly and unexpectedly with a series of players that most of us had not expected (Bassong, Whittalker & Turner) or if you are like me never heard of (Tetty & Garrido). He also brought in Bunn against much criticism (me included) and has proved his point. I thought Bunn was excellent against Chelsea. The midfield has been tinkered with and the front line not touched. I have every confidence that CH is aware of the shortcomings and has a plan.

    Report this comment

    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • A point would have been good, but im happy as it was only 0-1 teams at the bottom did not do all that well and villa shipped another 4 goals

    Report this comment

    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • Result as expected really not hoping for much from MC either. We look very comfortable on the ball, passing it around nicely but everyone knows we lack quality up front _ I despair when we bring Morison on to snatch a goal..it is more like going down to 10 men. Would love to see Harry Kane get some time on the pitch at least the young lad will run around and show some interest...

    Report this comment

    kevin rymell

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • as good as hooly is,i wish he was a bit stronger,he is to easily brushed off the ball and that can prove very costly at times,otbc.

    Report this comment

    bluelight

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • Gave them too much respect and sat back in two lines of four

    Report this comment

    A fine city

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT