Norwich City’s brittle confidence on the road is a concern for Chris Hughton

Norwich City's players were no match for Swansea City in a 3-0 Premier League defeat at the Liberty Stadium. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's players were no match for Swansea City in a 3-0 Premier League defeat at the Liberty Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, March 31, 2014
1:06 PM

Norwich City look shot away from the secure confines of their Carrow Road fortress and Chris Hughton concedes finding the solution seems an elusive task.

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Hughton opted to keep faith with the men who swept aside Sunderland at home before he was forced to make a double change at the interval to try and rescue another lost cause following Jonathan de Guzman’s brace to put the hosts in charge.

“The game is about confidence and yes there is no doubt a lack of confidence comes into it and perhaps there is a nervousness away from home,” he said. “There is no doubt at home we have been very good of late and very solid and away we haven’t. We went into the game on the back of a good performance and a good feel after the previous weekend. There was no reason to come into this game and not feel confident. It is not something we expected, but they were far better than us and the scoreline was a fair reflection.

“It is incredibly disappointing. We didn’t deserve anything and apart from a spell in the second half when Robert Snodgrass had a shot that was fabulously cleared off the line we were second best.”

Hughton opted to focus on Norwich’s inability to retain possession rather than the way he set his side up as a factor in their downfall at the Liberty Stadium.

“We came with a formation that said we wanted to get something but you are reliant on keeping the ball well against a side like Swansea,” he said. “You have to keep the ball well, work the areas you want and we never kept it well enough. If that is the case then you can not afford to present them with good opportunities to score. They are too good a side not to take them. We have found it very difficult to get that right formula. It is something we are continually trying to address and get the solution in different ways, but we have found it very difficult. We have chopped and changed and I felt we came here with a positive line-up and off the back of a really good performance so we decided to go the same way. ”

Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander endured another blank in the Premier League in a two-pronged attack before Gary Hooper was introduced for the final quarter of the game.

“I wanted to come here with a positive team that had two up front to gives us an outlet because Ricky and Johan can run beyond and tuck in and with Wes (Hoolahan) in a narrow role he could get on the ball and create,” said Hughton. “I decided to go with that team because I thought it could be offensive-looking and show we wanted something, but the players have to provide that.”

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9 comments

  • Sharky I agree with what you say about Howson but when he gets deployed in the defensice riole of midfield he is no use and we can all see it, when you give him a more attacking role he becomes the player we know he can be, but dont expect Hughton to work that one out.

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    Jimhow

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So Hughton aims the focus as failure to retain possession yet he brought Bradley Johnson on at HT who is guilty far more than anyone for giving the ball away even when under ZERO pressure! Honestly I go into an uncontrolable rage everytime I hear or read a hughton comment now! driving me mad! Who is the club going to wheel out this week for a morale boosting "we must improve" article this week? Less talking the talk in the media and more results on the pitch please! Before its too late!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So Hughton aims the focus as failure to retain possession yet he brought Bradley Johnson on at HT who is guilty far more than anyone for giving the ball away even when under ZERO pressure! Honestly I go into an uncontrolable rage everytime I hear or read a hughton comment now! driving me mad! Who is the club going to wheel out this week for a morale boosting "we must improve" article this week? Less talking the talk in the media and more results on the pitch please! Before its too late!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Ok what most say here is perfectly understandable. Lets remember though. Those same people wanted the team to be unchanged. Me included. We are always undone by speed. I shudder to think what will happen when Liverpool come here. We cant pick up the "3rd man running" Howson is always guilty. He just lets his man run past him. That one thing costs us every time. Yes there are other things that are not good enough. Our academy will become very important in the future. Neil has got them playing with speed. These boys in my opinion are very good. Can they step up to in grade. I hope so Will we ever use them. I have my doubts.

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    sharky

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Perhaps we could hire the Man U plane for Saturday and put 4 past WBA !! CH now talking out of his @rse....

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    tom the taxi

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • So, despite Sooperhoot`s best efforts to retrieve us from the results of his own ineptitude, we were still taxidermised. At least there is now some concern that, after only 16 away games, that there just could be a slight problem. He talks such platitudinous nonsense about `performance` yet unerringly fails to actually DO anything about it. We have won 4 out of 35 away games during the dismal stewardship of this poor parody of a manager. The Board have taken the real fans for fools, and they`ll probably get away with it. Just hand out a few cardboard charts to crease into happy-clappy clappers. Easy-peasy. Where`s Machianalli?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Not up to speed you say? Where was redmond and why take off wes? Missing Yobo and Fer both crucial players in the finale Its not over but its getting to the point.

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    johnty

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • "Hughton opted to focus on Norwich’s inability to retain possession". Hey here is an idea....dont bring Bradley Johnson on at HT 2-0 down considering he stat wise is responsible for giving the ball away more than any other NCFC player. Even worse he does it half the time without any pressure actually being on him. He & Tettey with no Howson, Fer or Hoolahan through the centre is pure insanity.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Using words like concern or disappointing if for when you drop the odd point you were expected to get, not for NCFCs diabolical away results and the way they play. It is interviews like this that make me believe CH is far to easy on the squad and has no accountability. I want a tough but benevolent dictator as manager of NCFC, knows what he wants and won't accept not getting it.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

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