Chris Hughton can handle the critics after Norwich City’s Premier League defeat to Aston Villa

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton will not let criticism affect him. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton will not let criticism affect him. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton insists he shares the frustrations of Norwich City's supporters after Paul Lambert's Aston Villa inflicted a first home Premier League defeat of the season on the Canaries at the weekend.

Libor Kozak's close range finish proved the difference on an afternoon when City's enduring difficulties in front of goal were brought into sharp focus by Robert Snodgrass' first-half penalty miss. Sections of the home support vented their frustration towards the manager at the full-time whistle, following on from his earlier decision to substitute Nathan Redmond - but Hughton is strong enough to take the flak.

'It doesn't hurt my pride. It is an understandable reaction from fans who are as frustrated as I am,' he said. 'They want us to do well. What you have to do is live with that as a manager, to accept that and strive to make it better for those fans and the club next time around.

'I don't look at Twitter and things like that but I know it is generally a reaction to a defeat. We may have spent some money in the summer but that doesn't bring any more pressure.

'That comes with the job because you have a responsibility to your board and owners and players to do as well as you can. The pressure comes from within and if you can't handle that you shouldn't be in the job.'

Brad Guzan's acrobatic 88th minute stop to deny Gary Hooper on his Norwich City debut summed up another bad day at the office.

'I don't feel the world is against us because this is the game. You have to put the ball in the back of the net,' said Hughton. 'I am very frustrated because I genuinely feel we haven't got the result we deserved and if anything I felt we deserved to win. That makes it harder to take. We have had a good record here so this does hurt, but we need to make sure we dust the lads down and go again.'

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