Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong frustrated by lack of game management in draw with West Ham

Sam Byram of West Ham and Sebastien Bassong of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League

Sam Byram of West Ham and Sebastien Bassong of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Seb Bassong thinks attack may well prove to be the best form of defence for Norwich City in their battle to avoid Premier League relegation.

The Canaries brought an end to a five-game losing streak in the league but let a two-goal lead slip in yesterday's 2-2 draw against West Ham.

Bassong is well aware he and his team-mates didn't do enough to prevent their opponents forcing their way back into the game at Carrow Road, with two goals in three minutes puncturing City's momentum.

'That's what's called game management. We should have managed the game better,' the experienced centre-back said. 'At 2-0 up we didn't really know how to handle the game but I think it's one of those games where if you clear the ball then you don't allow things to be as they have been.

'Maybe when things are 2-0 and you try to keep a clean sheet and to keep the score and things change really quick. So we just have to keep going and what we did was really positive. If we carry on that way it will be okay.'

The 29-year-old is City's only ever-present in the Premier League this season and is currently building a new partnership with January signing Timm Klose.


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Although both were caught out of position in the lead up to Dimitri Payet pulling West Ham's first goal back, Bassong is hopeful that there have also been some encouraging signs of the duo creating an understanding.

'Whoever plays in defence, it's about communication, it's about working hard, it's about leading by example,' the former Tottenham and Newcastle defender continued.

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'I think Timm has just got his rhythm, he's a good player, he's going to bring experience.

'He has to adapt to English football really quick, he's still got to learn because he has just got here, but that is really encouraging.'

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