Norwich City captain Seb Bassong backed to return even stronger after West Ham snub

Norwich City captain Seb Bassong was left out of Norwich City's starting line up for the Premier League win over West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City captain Seb Bassong was left out of Norwich City's starting line up for the Premier League win over West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, November 11, 2013
7:15 AM

Seb Bassong will be back better than ever, predicts Chris Hughton after pulling his team captain out of the firing line against West Ham.

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Ryan Bennett was preferred to the powerful centre-back, who has struggled to replicate the consistent form that saw him crowned player of the year in his debut campaign after an injury-wrecked pre-season.

“Yes, it is always a big decision to leave a player out, but I just felt after the last few games I wanted to change things and certainly Ryan has been one who has been pushing and pushing hard,” said Hughton. “He played very well at Stoke, but Seb is a fine player and I think where he perhaps has found it difficult is he missed the whole of pre-season and he has found it hard to get that consistency. He will do, though, and he’ll be pushing as hard as he can to get into the team. Sometimes you can just change things to improve the mentality of the team and I felt after the Manchester City game we needed to do that.”

Robert Snodgrass, by his own admission, had suffered the same challenges as Bassong in recent weeks but produced a superb free-kick to nudge Norwich in front after Gary Hooper had opened his Premier League goal account.

“I was delighted for Robert,” said Hughton. “His form has been a little bit up and down this season but I think we have seen signs in the last few weeks that his level of consistency on his set plays is coming back. He is somebody who always works for the team and I can guarantee you 10 or 15 minutes from the end he will be working just as hard as at the start. That is Robert at his best and we hope to see more of it. I was pleased for him, but more importantly pleased for the team.

“With Gary it has been tough for him. He got injured at the worst possible time just a week before the season started and that kept him out for a four-week period. We know the qualities that he has got. We see his finishing ability in training and there was no question when we got the penalty who was going to take it and where it was going.”

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10 comments

  • In the good old days we used to say a player was dropped. In Seb's case that was the right descision as he has not looked fully up for it in recent games. The only part of the defense that worried me on Saturday was the right back as he simply stood and watched as their winger hit the byline. When I played as a right back, I was always instructed that it was my job to make sure the winger never had time to pick the perfect pass, so I was expected to always be in his face. No, I was not perfect at the job but at least I always tried.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • TK you just cant help it can you. First Whittaker was your man. Well that was soon proved wrong. Your endless criticism is not on and Martin will prove you wrong. This is the EPL not the Norwich and District league. Full backs are always told to tuck in. Why, because they would rather have to ball played wide. Yes we had a problem with that first goal, I agree. Martin was not the only one to blame for that. OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • Turner and bennett played well together again so bass might have to get used to being a bench warmer for a bit!

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    tonyb

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • You just cant help can`t can you sharky? TK is a top contributor on these boards and impeccably polite. Try it. I`m not wasting it on you.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • I'm sure that Seb understands the reasons for him not playing and given that Bennett played very well , I also agree that he's showing real potential & was pleased that he got his chance , these guys are supposed to be a squad so have to accept not playing . With regards to Martin , he wasn't at the races in the first half along with almost all of the others to be fair , maybe he could do with a spell on the bench to re-inspire him . Hey let Becchio play at RB , at least he'll get some game time ;-)

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    mjc75

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • "Snub:- rebuff, ignore or spurn disdainfully". Do you really think that is the case here, Paddy?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • Brew you were not here for a week during the bad times. Sorry you lost you 2-1 bet in the last minute. So whose going to play RB. OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • Maybe Seb was rested, maybe he was dropped, but "snubbed"?? Surely not. I totally agree with LYB; Ryan Bennett could turn out to be one of the best centre-halves we`ve ever had - given the chance. Please forgive archaic nomenclature. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • Always think drop is a bit of a harsh word for somebody who has done great stuff for us and will do again when he's back on song. It's great that Bennett is breaking in though. He deserves it and I still think he's potentially the best defender of our back four.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, November 11, 2013

  • don't change a winning team. Would you. I would, by bringing back RVW for Hoops[if his toe is better]and Becchio for Elmander. ooooh controversial !!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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