Norwich City’s Premier League defeat at Hull is a wake up call

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton admitted the Canaries' 1-0 Premier League defeat at Hull was a wake up call. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton admitted the Canaries' 1-0 Premier League defeat at Hull was a wake up call. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, August 26, 2013
7:15 AM

Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s no-show at Hull should rank with any of the lowlights since his arrival at the club.

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The Canaries were unable to penetrate a Tigers’ outfit reduced to 10-men for more than an hour after Yannick Sagbo was red-carded for an apparent head butt gesture in the vicinity of Russell Martin. Robbie Brady’s earlier first-half penalty settled a Premier League encounter that prompted more questions than answers for the Norwich manager.

“Yes, that is as frustrated as I have been for a while watching us play,” he said. “We started quite brightly and for some reason we decided to make things difficult for ourselves. We gave away possession far too easily against a team at home who are going to try and pressure you. We couldn’t handle that and as a result we never really got into a rhythm in that first half.

“When you go 1-0 down that only makes it more difficult. Can I say Hull deserved to be ahead during that period? No, probably not but neither did we.

“We had to show more quality in the final third. We used the possession very well in that second half and it looked like it would be a matter of time before we broke them down but we came up against a very resilient Hull team.

“I’m very disappointed not to get anything out of the game and I think on reflection that was down to our first half performance. We let the tempo of our game drop and we didn’t threaten their goal enough for the amount of the ball we had.”

Hughton’s anger over his side’s own failings was not helped by a sense of rough justice regarding the match-deciding penalty incident when Michael Turner was adjudged to have impeded Sagbo.

Referee Mike Jones indicated Turner was guilty of pinning Sagbo at Norwich’s near post to prevent the home striker latching onto Robert Koren’s intended cross, but Hughton was adamant the visitors had a genuine case for parity when Turner was fouled by one-time Norwich transfer target Curtis Davies in an earlier skirmish in the opposition penalty area.

“The game turns on for me an incident that is an incredibly soft penalty to give,” he said. “Watching in real-time I never for one moment thought he would give it. That isn’t usually the case. If you are going to give them then there would be plenty in every game. If the lad was about to head the ball in the back of the net then maybe you look at it but the player was never going to get to the ball. It was going over his head. Is there some contact? Yes, there is but you see that in every game and in lots of moments during games.

“There was a better claim for me a little earlier between Curtis Davies and Michael at a corner that was certainly a bigger incident for a penalty. If you are going to give the one against Michael then you must also give the one a moment before when he was pushed at a corner by Curtis Davies. I feel really aggrieved about that. If you look at both incidents and view one as a penalty then you have to do it for the other.”

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