Bradley Johnson feels Liverpool result was harder to take than Manchester City thrashing

Luis Suárez takes the applause from the home fans as he leaves the field during Liverpool's batterting of Norwich City at Anfield. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Luis Suárez takes the applause from the home fans as he leaves the field during Liverpool's batterting of Norwich City at Anfield. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, December 5, 2013
2:12 AM

Bradley Johnson acknowledged Norwich City’s Anfield mauling was not in the class of their thrashing at the Etihad – but that only makes things worse.

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Luis Suarez made it 11 goals in six games against the Canaries to lead Liverpool to a 5-1 victory over Chris Hughton’s men; a better result on paper than the 7-0 Manchester City hammering last month – but not by a lot.

“We’re disappointed with the result; especially the scoreline,” said Johnson. “I think we gifted them four goals. Obviously the free-kick (for Suarez’s fourth) is top class but the other four we felt we gifted them.

“I felt we were in the game. We had chances and the goals we gave away, Liverpool didn’t really have to work for them. And the (second) goal from the corner, it was nowhere near good enough. But we felt we were in the game today and that makes it harder to take when you give away silly goals.”

Hughton cut an unusually frustrated figure after the game, and Johnson admitted the players carry the can.

“The manager is as frustrated as we are, because we know we’re better than that,” added Johnson.

“We’ve got to work hard as a unit to keep the goals down and not give away silly ones like tonight. Obviously the frustration came out, he’s angry with us and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.”

Final word for Johnson went to Suarez, who has scored more than a fifth of his Premier League goals against the Canaries.

“You can’t give players like him that much respect and time because they will punish you, and he’s done that every time we’ve played him,” Johnson added. “We talked about getting close to him and we let him have far too much room. The goals he scored in the first half, you could tell we were nowhere near him.”

29 comments

  • It's clear from reading all the criticism aimed at Hughton over the last 12 months or so, that the MAIN problem we have with him, is motivationman management. As many have pointed out, it's the feeling he puts out there, in pre-match comments such as needing the Palace win due to the away games coming up, and in the formation and personal changes. Hooper should've started, he was looking forward to it and he played a blinder last week. You don't bench a player after that. It's just a pervading lack of confidence Hughton projects across the whole club, fans included.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Every result like this is hard for the fans to take!

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    Powers1902

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • The post Crystal Palace white flag comments from CH about needing that win with 2 hard away games coming up was poor man management. It tells the players the manager has given up hope of any bonus points against the big teams even a Liverpool team thrashed by Hull . So do the directors accept his philosophy and go along with survival based on home wins against other strugglers or bring in someone with greater positivity. Or do some of us just want to get back to the Championship and being a big fish again?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Seem to remember we beat WBA a couple of seasons ago 2-1 twice at the Hawthorns, with a manager who would attack away from home. With a striker who would give his all and led by example.[one league and one FA cup game]. Now we set up not to lose and ....

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I can't believe that a seasons objective is to pick 12 or 13 home games and say if we win those it doesn't matter about the others. Is that what we are reduced to??...Cardiff beat Man C. Hull beat Liverpool. WHam beat Spurs..........It can happen so why do our Management team (looks up the definition of the word management..) seem to be able to dictate this philosophy to 23000 paying members every other week and a rapidly decreasing (or should i say disillusioned) 2000 every away game. Are we now to accept that finishing 17th and a hurriedly over cup run is all we are entitled to believe in????.........such a shame the fans are treated in this way, and...good luck in trying to entice youngsters to support NCFC with that sales pitch.

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    kpg24uk

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Same old stuff. Every single heavy defeat is followed by the same sort of comments but absolutely nothing changes. Eventually these thrashings will ebb away at our home form too and we'll finish bottom.

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    Colin

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I was at the Norwich v Palace game and the atmosphere was completely stale, both before and after we scored. It is time that CH admits both to himself and publically that he is not the man for the job. Too many heavy defeats and negative tactics have meant that he has lost the dressing room as well as the fans support. Frankly, I am just tired of Norwich being a laughing stock. We need a fresh injection of hope! You seem to be honest chap, so please do the right thing CH!

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    The Duke of Rellington

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I was at the Norwich v Palace game and the atmosphere was completely stale, both before and after we scored. It is time that CH admits both to himself and publically that he is not the man for the job. Too many heavy defeats and negative tactics have meant that he has lost the dressing room as well as the fans support. Frankly, I am just tired of Norwich being a laughing stock. We need a fresh injection of hope! You seem to be honest chap, so please do the right thing CH!

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    The Duke of Rellington

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Seem to remember we beat WBA a couple of seasons ago 2-1 twice at the Hawthorns, with a manager who would attack away from home. With a striker who would give his all and led by example.[one league and one FA cup game]. Now we set up not to lose and ....

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Was any player actually tasked with marking Suarez I wonder, if so why was he given so much room. Knowing that this player has given us so much trouble in the past, why did the management team fail to come up with a plan to keep him quiet. Hull managed to do so on Saturday and he looked a poor player as a result. A decent manager makes changes during the game as well that improve tactics, why does our management always fail to do so. Johnson was booked for a bland foul on him, surely it is better to get booked for a full blooded challenge that leaves the opposition winded. Our manager is Mr Nice guy and that is the way his team plays, after you, you are better than us so you take the goals, we don't mind we are little Norwich. Time to change this attitude or we will be all the way back to division one.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • So man up, get over yourselves and go out and give WBA a good humping on Saturday.

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    ScotCan

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I have to agree about Bassong. He doesnt seem to be able to do both. Although Ruddy is still making good saves. I am remembering two here and two at Anfield. A couple of them where he didnt control the six yard box. A good point about W Brom, I dont think it was the manager but we had a good leader which we are lacking now. Saturday is a serious match for many people. A long meeting has been held

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    sharky

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I can't believe that a seasons objective is to pick 12 or 13 home games and say if we win those it doesn't matter about the others. Is that what we are reduced to??...Cardiff beat Man C. Hull beat Liverpool. WHam beat Spurs..........It can happen so why do our Management team (looks up the definition of the word management..) seem to be able to dictate this philosophy to 23000 paying members every other week and a rapidly decreasing (or should i say disillusioned) 2000 every away game. Are we now to accept that finishing 17th and a hurriedly over cup run is all we are entitled to believe in????.........such a shame the fans are treated in this way, and...good luck in trying to entice youngsters to support NCFC with that sales pitch.

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    kpg24uk

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • was BJ's best game for a long while,perhaps thats because he wasnt playing the defensive midfield role,that was fers job or supposed to be but he didnt seem interested for some reason and was his worst game so far.That position seems cursed!perhaps we will get someone else in at the january sales to play that position!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • This is the first time I have actually come out with anything negative regarding CH, since i actually think he is doing as good a job as anyone would be able to do given our resources. I still thing we will finish around 12th or 13th and we do have a decent run of games coming up, where I think we can pick up points. The only negative thing i have to say about last nights match is not so much about teanm tactics and the way the team is set up. it is more about the message these heavy defeats are sending out to other teams. it will send out signals that we can be easily beaten if you go about it the right way. There are some players who do not work hard enough in some games and some who do not have enough ability and the manager needs to rectify that. Leroy Fer is a brilliant player but he is not gonna over extend himself for the team. Bradley Johnson is an average player but he is not going to put in 100% effort either so the manager needs to tell them that clubs like Norwich the players need to put in 100% effort in every game, not just now and again. All of that said, i think we will be fine because we are better than a lot of teams in the League but these heavy defeats need to stop and the only way to stop them is by hard graft and by giving the top sides too much respect. So Mr H, kick th lads up the backside and lets get some more consistency and effort from the players and the ones who wont pull their weight fully, then get rid of them

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    GPL

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Wheel a different player out after each mauling to wave the white flag and trot out the same excuses why they lost, must be Gary Hooper and John Ruddy's turn after Saturdays game.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • GPL - I agree with your point about players having to give 100% every game for City. If you don't have the skill or talent, make up for it with effort. It's the only way to match a better team.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Has anyone thought that Bassong as Captain could be the problem? He hasnt played well since taking on this responsibility, and I get the feeling from listening to CH's anger and frustration last night that the plans they make during training aren't being implimented on the pitch. This is surely the Captains responsibility.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • It's not all doom and gloom our next ten games are as follows(home in caps): wba, SWA, sun, FUL, MUN, cpl, eve, HUL, NEW, car. Our season will be won and lost based on those games. I really hope we have the right bloke in charge, the heartlessness of our performances suggest not but lets see what happens. Worst case scenario we get to see some competitive games next season!

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    Paul Smith

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Seem to remember we beat WBA a couple of seasons ago 2-1 twice at the Hawthorns, with a manager who would attack away from home. With a striker who would give his all and led by example.[one league and one FA cup game]. Now we set up not to lose and ....

    Report this comment

    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Seem to remember we beat WBA a couple of seasons ago 2-1 twice at the Hawthorns, with a manager who would attack away from home. With a striker who would give his all and led by example.[one league and one FA cup game]. Now we set up not to lose and ....

    Report this comment

    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Seem to remember we beat WBA a couple of seasons ago 2-1 twice at the Hawthorns, with a manager who would attack away from home. With a striker who would give his all and led by example.[one league and one FA cup game]. Now we set up not to lose and ....

    Report this comment

    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Seem to remember we beat WBA a couple of seasons ago 2-1 twice at the Hawthorns, with a manager who would attack away from home. With a striker who would give his all and led by example.[one league and one FA cup game]. Now we set up not to lose and ....

    Report this comment

    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I fear the problem is, we do not have anybody that can do the captains job, even Ruddy does not seem to be directing his defense unless that is because he is waiting for Bassong to do so.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • sorry about the repeats . computer fup

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Same old stuff saying the obvious about cant give the ball away ,blah blah .but it happens week in ,week out ! fed up listenening to it,Absolute joke now!

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    nelly

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Seem to remember we beat WBA a couple of seasons ago 2-1 twice at the Hawthorns, with a manager who would attack away from home. With a striker who would give his all and led by example.[one league and one FA cup game]. Now we set up not to lose and ....

    Report this comment

    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • I can't believe that a seasons objective is to pick 12 or 13 home games and say if we win those it doesn't matter about the others. Is that what we are reduced to??...Cardiff beat Man C. Hull beat Liverpool. WHam beat Spurs..........It can happen so why do our Management team (looks up the definition of the word management..) seem to be able to dictate this philosophy to 23000 paying members every other week and a rapidly decreasing (or should i say disillusioned) 2000 every away game. Are we now to accept that finishing 17th and a hurriedly over cup run is all we are entitled to believe in????.........such a shame the fans are treated in this way, and...good luck in trying to entice youngsters to support NCFC with that sales pitch.

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    kpg24uk

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • So Johnson finds it hard to take? Not too worry unless there is an urgent change at the City he will have the rest of the season to get used to it . There will be plenty more thrashings to come with the ineptness of the N City defence.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

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