Sebastien Bassong glad for a change of luck – but wishes for an easier time with more Norwich City goals

Sebastien Bassong heads for goal against Newcastle United on Tuesday night. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Sebastien Bassong heads for goal against Newcastle United on Tuesday night. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:00 AM

Sebastien Bassong was glad to avoid another hard-luck story – but admitted Norwich City’s goalscoring issues make life tricky at the back.

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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.”

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23 comments

  • The defensive negative style of play is hurting the defense, Bassong has looked a shadow of the player last year, error ridden, indecisive, and tentative. Its the Hughton effect, he is an inverted midas turning everything he touches into inept rubbish

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Nice to see a bit of honesty from Bassong but agree with other posters - luck only plays a small part. I am not sure Man City has been "lucky" to score so many goals - more like hard work and a high degree of skill. Not convinced RVW is ever likely to score many goals in this league - the PL looks a step too high for him! Hooper is our best chance to get goals but it is, unfair to ask him to carry the whole teams scoring duties - he really needs some help!

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    kevin rymell

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Quite right, Kevin. Managers are always blaming bad luck, which is usually a handy excuse for their failings in pre-match preparation and training, team selection, substitutions etc. It also feeds their neuroses that everything is against them and their team isn't getting the rub of the green! It's not bad luck that we are not scoring goals, for instance. It is down to poor play, which in our case results in far too few good goalscoring opportunities and not taking chances when they do appear. Sometimes, I agree, decisions go against you. But I believe over the season that evens itself out. We constantly have to put up with managers bemoaning the ref's decisions when they go against their team. But rarely do you hear a peep from them when they get a bad decision going the other way!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • We should loan Rip Van Winkle out to Cambridge United for a month - He MIGHT score a goal to give him confidence. Thats on the basis, they would take him of course?

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    A fine city

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Probably the most telling part of the interview with Bassong was the quote "I don't know what's going on-"

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • It was 1967, but it wasn`t a huge hit - only reached No.18. Also, it`s "The Hollies"! Mea culpa. To make up for its relative failure, they released "Jennifer Eccles" in 1968 and that reached No.5. Is that the real name of the Tyneside Tea Lady? Where`s Stew when you need him??

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Bassong like many others in the team , should be kept away from exposing their ignorance by providing interviews! It is NOT luck that Norwich have only scored 18 goals in 23 matches. It IS due to complete lack of direction and leadership from either the dugout or from the Captain on the pitch. Stop using LUCK as an excuse for underperforming. Please would someone at the Club keep these people quiet or cannot the management achieve even that basic task?

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Spot on MF & Kevin, Tuesday night we were slow to react to every pass NUFC made, we never bothered to close down or make tackles. As soon as we got the ball, their players were into us like lightning and that was the big difference. Fer did not look interested, Johnson was trying but now we are likely to lose him for four games and I fear Tettey can also be too laid back at times, hopefully the loan lad can play central midfield and offer a bit of bite for us.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • The worst bit of luck was Hughton ever coming to Norwich

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • TK:- Looking back at one of our recently departed `fringe` players, Simon Lappin, one facet of his play was how good he was at closing down opposition players and getting snappy tackles in. Nobody seems to do that any more (except Bradley J). I like kevin`s take on the old (Gary Player?) work\luck adage. Nobody can play without the ball, so win it! Try!! And stop giving it away so much, FGS. 10% Inspiration+90% Perspiration=Genius. Allegedly. I remember those feisty little `midfielders` called Bryceland and Lucas, and Captains like Duncan Forbes, Malky Mackay and Grant Holt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Well, this is a truly positive set of comments...good to see so many don't think luck plays any part in football. On that basis I suppose we must have thoroughly deserved the draw against the toon?! Or is luck only at play when we're able to use it to criticise CH? Agree Bassong doesn't look as good as last year. But he was brought in by CH and CH was here for all of last year, so maybe blaming him as a reverse Midas is a little steep? Who knows? Funny isn't it that when we played one up front, 442 was the answer to our woes and the 4231\451 we played was "negative". Now we've played a few with 442 and we look less penetrative. Personally I think we will (and should) revert to 4231 (the JG signing and howson coming back to fitness will make that easier) and then we'll see how we do. I still have absolute confidence that we will not be relegated this season. And I maintain that should have always been our primary aim for the season. So, aside from everything else, if that's achieved, CH will have done his job.

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Seb - the defence will always be under pressure because the midfield isn't operating. Doesn't close players down before they descend on goal. When we have the ball there is no cohesive pass and movement, so the ball is quickly lost and the defence is under the cosh again. As I have said before, Hughton needs to get back to basics and to drill some discipline into the squad so they work hard for each other all the time we have the ball, make triagles so the player with the ball has passing options, rather than just standing around. I know players are saying they do work hard, but if you watch videos or even highlights of our games you will see time and again players not making runs off the ball and not going into positions to help and receive passes. They may be working hard but probably wasting energy chasing lost causes rather than making sure they are marking their men properly and at the crucial moments. Too often you see players failing to follow their man and then having to make desperate and energy-sapping runs trying to play catch-up. As for luck - sorry but you make your own and over a season a good team will make up for its mistakes with positives. and over the season they will more than even out. Blaming bad luck is often just an excuse for not doing things properly.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • You meant "can`t" didn`t you, Burglecut? And `pleasure`? ;-) Apparently, Hoots used to write a regular column for a Socialist News sheet. Nothing wrong with that, he`s a cerebral guy. But is he a football manager?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Is Bassong having a diplomatic pop at style of play? Ruddy did that much earlier in the season. Perhaps they should be bold and take their concerns to the manager.Then again, waste of time springs to mind. Villa let in 3 last night and won. Under Lambert, always hope. Our only hope now is that Cardiff and Fulham look really poor too and can we scrape enough one nils to make 4th bottom at season end. And then we keep Hughton!! By the way, is the McNally brief still that Hughton has to keep us out of bottom three? That still puzzles me. Does he mean soon as we drop in bottom 3 Hughton goes. Or is it purely about where we are at end of season? Point is, Hughton is still probably 23 games from leading us into relegation zone but we can all see it coming. Why wait until the water is above our heads before manning the lifeboat?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • We should loan Rip Van Winkle out to Cambridge United for a month - He MIGHT score a goal to give him confidence. Thats on the basis, they would take him of course?

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    A fine city

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Nice comments from our Cap'n, but this is not the full picture by half. I despair really, I don't want to be on the back of the team - others can do that far better than I, - but I do seriously question the quality of the training that the team are receiving - We can see the same errors being made game in, game out - why don't the coaching staff do something about this?

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    Hants Canary

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • MB - 1967 that's it was on the tip of my tongue, to be honest I can imagine Hughton being interesting enough to actually believe in music I imagine him to be some kind of puritan that abstains from all forms of please, and uses a spike for a chair.

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Burglecut, do you remember that `60s hit song by The Hollys, "King Midas in Reverse". I bet Steely Dan does - he`ll probably tell me I`ve got the decade wrong, too! ;-) Chris Hughton should adopt it as his personal anthem, played on matchdays as he enters the arena and descends into his pitchside trench like The Abominable Dr. Phibes.. in reverse.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • I did mean can't! I did hear that and to be fair was quite impressed, I am sure he is a good socialist and quite the intellectual. Unfortunately these aren't traditional qualities in football management! I'd like to think he could aply marxism to the premier league and overcome the mega rich opponents. This seems beyond him however, and unfortunately I think he is incapable of building an attacking, creavity football team.

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • We should loan Rip Van Winkle out to Cambridge United for a month - He MIGHT score a goal to give him confidence. Thats on the basis, they would take him of course?

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    A fine city

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • We should loan Rip Van Winkle out to Cambridge United for a month - He MIGHT score a goal to give him confidence. Thats on the basis, they would take him of course?

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    A fine city

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Seb, you make your own luck in life. The harder you work the luckier you'll get! Take a long hard look at yourself!!!

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    kevin

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • PC, we got the point because of poor finishing by NUFC

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    kevin

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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