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On-loan Norwich City defender Seb Bassong urges promotion hopefuls not to press the panic button

06:30 20 November 2014

Sebastien Bassong and Stephen Hunt in action during Watford

Sebastien Bassong and Stephen Hunt in action during Watford's clash with Ipswich at Portman Road. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

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Seb Bassong knows just what parent club Norwich City are going through – but says there is no reason to panic.

The 28-year-old defender is out of favour with Neil Adams and Co and is six weeks into a three-month loan deal at Watford, who went into the international break on the back of consecutive away defeats after losing 1-0 at City’s East Anglian rivals Ipswich.

Back in Norwich, City have to overcome the pain of surrendering a lead and going down 2-1 in the final minutes at Nottingham Forest, taking their poor run of form to one win in eight.

This weekend City look to repair the damage at home to Brighton while Bassong and Watford face table-topping Derby. And Basssong admits Watford – three points ahead of Adams’ squad in fifth – must answer the same questions as the Canaries.

“There is no need to panic. That doesn’t get you anywhere. There is a long way to go still,” he said.

“We have plenty of games to play and we will win the majority of those I hope. Of course you will also lose some but we have to look at the bigger picture and take a step back, we are not in a bad position. We just have to try and get this winning mentality back, then we’ll be fine.

“It is really tight at the top.

“The team who makes the difference is the ones who go back-to-back for as long as possible to create a gap.

“That has to be our aim and hopefully it is us.”

Bassong returned to the Watford line-up at Portman Road after a calf injury, but the Cameroon international was unable to halt the Blues’ promotion charge.

“It was a scrappy game but in those type of matches you just have to try and score, especially when you get a couple of chances like we had,” he told the Hornets’ official website.

“We would have preferred to go into the break with a win, but I think we can are a good enough team to bounce back.”

13 comments

  • Malky should not be considered because he is worse in tactics and signing players than Hughton. I quite like his sense of humour though.

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    waclor

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • It would appear that one cannot use the word which means the opposite of competent and in fact has the prefix "in" in front of competent. Archie does not like it.

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    waclor

    Friday, November 21, 2014

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    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • waclor

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • I fully agree with Brew and Paul. The football played by Cardiff was even worse than Hughton's blend of mediocrity AND his purchases weren't good either. As for his private texts, do we really still think that everybody who laughs at a Mother-in-law joke hates all Mothers-in-law? Malky's private texts in the interests of humour are his business. However in this modern world of football having a risqué laugh is unacceptable whilst sending a group of senior FIFA officials to a country known for extreme Summer temperatures who conclude that having a Summer football tournament there is a great idea only to be shocked at the scandalous later discovery that it gets a bit warm in June, well that is absolutely fine. It's like hanging a cyclist for having no rear light whilst murders get 30 minutes community service.

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    waclor

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • From an ethical point of view I don't see how a club that produced and respects the memory of Justin Fashanu could entertain taking on someone accused of misdemeanours like that. From a footballing point of view Malky was even more defensive than Hughton and Cardiff were below us in the table when he was sacked. Tan may be a bit of a buffoon but the facts are that Malky was given a budget and he with his mate greatly exceeded it, then whinged publicly that he wanted more money. Sounds a bit like the managerial style of David O'Leary, neither Villa nor Leeds have yet recovered from HIS activities.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, November 21, 2014

  • Malky is being hung out to dry by the strident "- ists" everywhere. And all at the behest of Vincent Tan. Does nobody remember what a fine person and ex-player Malky is? He`s fallen foul of a Millionnaire Malaysian Megalomaniac who appointed an adolescent to head up the Scouting team at Cardiff... why??? Do we put any credence in this object`s attacks on Malky? Fake Tan Man has more money than MM for sure, and that goes a long way with the Daily Mail and the amoral modern media people in general. Do not expect anything better from the drones in Ruin Road.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • Trevor, sorry but if you look at Offsong's record, he plays well at the start of every stay with a new team then seems to lose interest. You can't really lay the blame for that at NCFC's management team. As far as Malky is concerned there are some things more important than football and I for one would feel very uncomfortable if the club took him on before he is cleared by the FA enquiry. Wigan are taking a huge gamble.

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    PaulWho

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • TK yes we missed Malky but I'll take Mike Phelan anyday with his experience. He'll either make or break NA methinks.

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    Bogaz John

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • When Bassong says "we",he is talking about his new team Watford. Obviously the half hearted player cares not a jot about Norwich City.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • TK, you are quite right about Offsong. Sadly he was mostly awful last season.

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    CanaryWest

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • I get the impression Bassong was only talking about Watford not NCFC. Is he actually only 28 still, such a shame that our management team were unable to bring him back into the fold as he was mostly outstanding during his first season with us. Likewise with Malky, who I thought could have become a director of football for us right now and given some good advice, he is another we have missed out on.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • Reminds me of the time, off the beaten track in Sri Lanka, when the hotel sign read, "These flies are harmless". Problem was I couldn't the blighters anywhere!

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

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