Manager Chris Hughton was putting a brave face on his Norwich City side’s continuing search for their first Premier League win of the season after defeat at his former club.

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The Canaries went down 1-0 at St James’ Park to Newcastle United, the club that sacked Hughton as boss less than two years ago.

It left them with just three points from their first five league games of the campaign and, just as worryingly, only two goals in seven and-a-half hours of football.

A first-half goal from Demba Ba, his third in two matches, decided the contest, but the Magpies would have been 2-0 up by half-time had Papiss Cisse not blazed a penalty over the bar.

Hughton, however, believes City’s spirit and quality of football will bring them victory sooner rather than later.

He said: “We’re on the back of four good performances and having been here for a period of time, I know how tough it is to get a result here.

“Perhaps this wouldn’t have been one of Newcastle’s better performances but I know still it’s difficult to get a result here.

“If we can show that type of performance, that type of spirit, then that win won’t be too far away. But this is probably the fourth game in a row that I’ve had this frustration and I very much look forward to these three points because I think this group of players deserve it. We were closer at Tottenham and the Tottenham performance was one where we did deserve to win.”

City lost defender Sebastien Bassong after less than eight minutes with a hamstring injury and were caught cold when Ba struck in the 19th minute.

“I’m disappointed with the goal we conceded because it’s a classic goal of the kind we saw earlier in the week – that type of movement into that type of space,” said Hughton.

“But I thought we pressed and we showed enough quality in our possession, albeit we didn’t have great chances – Andrew Surman, I think, arguably had the best chance of the game apart from the penalty.

“But I thought we pushed enough and created enough that I thought we deserved to get something.

“I know in this game you make your own luck, but we also haven’t had a fortunate penalty or a deflected goal, or I could even go back to a couple of incidents at Carrow Road that went against us.

“We haven’t had that little bit of fortune, but you have to make that yourselves and I’d like to think we’ve got a group of players that will come away from today, learn what didn’t give us the result we wanted and make sure they put that right.”

City face winless Liverpool, one of only three teams below them, at Carrow Road next Saturday, the first time in four matches Hughton will not be up against one of his former clubs. He was delighted with his reception from fans at Newcastle, but would rather have had at least a point.

“It was always a game that I was looking forward to and the reception was excellent and I’m absolutely delighted with that,” he said.

“But what I wanted it to be was a better day, and an even better day would have been for us to get a result that on the balance of play, as the away team, we probably deserved.

“It’s always strange to come back to somewhere where you’ve been in the other dug-out, but of course as soon as the game kicks off it’s about your team performing well, trying to get a result and keep a very passionate crowd quiet. My focus is a disappointment today because I felt we could have got something. I’ve got a team that put in a real good shift today.”

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8 comments

  • With all respect Snipps they only beat Liverpool because the ref handed them a penalty for nothing.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Refereeing decisions control the results of most games, and we often do not get the benefit of those decisions. But back to the job in hand. Our manager needs help and I can only help by saying to him"Try the Chevron".

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Had to get up earlier today, but thought I'd catch up with the important things before moving on.......WIivenhoe.....My CHEVRON formation viewed from a satellite would look like a back 4 then ---2-1-2-1-..... HOOLAHAN would be in the middle behind HOLT. With wing halves and wingers. Draw it on a sheet of paper, it's easy to understand. Maybe it is similar to the diamond. If each man knew exactly what his responsibilities were, they at least would play to apattern.

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Perhaps the diamond was what kept the team up last season and is how other teams expect Norwich to play. Isn't that what second season syndrome is all about. However the "Let's have 12 midfield players, four goalkeepers and one striker" does not appear the great success one man thought it would be. is it possible to get thirtyfive points between January and April?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Pa how close to the diamond is your chevron, as I for one would like to see the diamond return.Tettey as its base and Hoolahan at its point Pilks on the left and snodgrass on the right with our tyre fitter and his canadian mate up front.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • When Hughton talks of victories, I can only assume he is looking forward to the 201314 Championship fixtures.

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    Scott Richmond

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • If "nothing" is defined by the Liverpool right back losing out in a tackle then running into the box and tripping up the Man United player without as the old cliche runs "getting anything on the ball", I agree with Yellow, they got a penalty for nothing. I think even the highly unbiased and clearly very clever MoTD panel agreed it was a penalty!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Mr Manager..You have the men in your squad, with the abilities to come together as a brilliant team. .Just for the next game play the chevron formation. You pick the defensive 5 and then consider playing 2 wing halves, one on each side, with HOOLAHAN in the middle and free to roam just ahead of them, feeding HOLT playing ahead of him in the CENTRE. Finish your line up with 2 wingers left and right, probably Pilkington, and definitely Snodgrass. Then all of a sudden you will see a line up similar to Man U when they bring Scoles on.... They BEAT Liverpool yesterday.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

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