December 29 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Sebastien Bassong was glad to avoid another hard-luck story – but admitted Norwich City’s goalscoring issues make life tricky at the back.
Tuesday’s goalless draw with Newcastle was not only a minor miracle given the hosts’ first-half performance, it also left Norwich with 18 goals in 23 Premier League matches; only Crystal Palace and Cardiff have scored fewer.
“Luck is part of the game and we’ve lacked luck for many games this season, so perhaps that is turning,” said Bassong. “At the end of the first half I thought that, because we got lucky. The worst we have played all season – that’s exactly how it felt. It was the kind of game where we just didn’t switch on. If I could explain it, I would. But I knew in the first few minutes the half wasn’t going to go well. We didn’t win battles or second balls. We were late to it all.
“Most important is we ended the half goalless and were stronger in the second half. We could not be any worse.”
All Bassong would like now is a change in fortune at the other end of the pitch.
“It’s a tough one,” he said. “I don’t want to say the usual things people say. We need goals and I think the forwards are working hard. Gary (Hooper) has scored a few and I think Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) needs confidence. He needs to score one and then maybe he will be on a run. If he keeps working as he is, he will start scoring. That will give us a lift.
“As a defender it is always hard when you see your team not scoring – you think if you do concede then it will be hard, so we must be more concentrated. But that is the game. We must make sure we don’t concede and if we can help the team on set pieces, then we will do it.”
Another scoring run from Bassong would help – he scored three goals in four Premier League games last season. The end of that run, December 2012, was the last time he scored: “I’m trying hard!” Bassong smiled. “I’m going forward, heading the ball and it goes wide or saved. I don’t know what’s going on – but I’ll keep trying.”