Chris Hughton - Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke was too hot to handle for his Norwich City side

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke struck a clinical brace in a 4-1 Premier League rout against Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Aston Villa's Christian Benteke struck a clinical brace in a 4-1 Premier League rout against Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, March 2, 2014
8:48 PM

Norwich manager Chris Hughton was disappointed his side could not handle the ‘power and pace’ of a Christian Benteke-inspired Aston Villa in a 4-1 Premier League defeat at Villa Park.

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City remained four points clear of the bottom three after the hosts’ first-half salvo inflicted another dent to their goal difference. Benteke struck twice in two minutes before Leandro Bacuna and Sebastien Bassong’s own goal secured a win that looked unlikely after Wes Hoolahan’s opener.

“For 25 minutes I thought we played very well. We started the game well, got a goal and could have got a second,” said Hughton. “One thing you have to do here - they can get a crowd behind them and you have to quieten that crowd and we certainly did that. But in a 15-minute period we conceded the one goal and they turned up the power and pace and we couldn’t handle it for that 15 minutes. If you can’t handle it you have to make sure you don’t concede and in a bad period for us we, of course, conceded the goals and at that stage there’s no coming back from that.

“You can’t allow them to play the type of balls in, particularly to somebody with the power Christian Benteke’s got, but as defenders we’ve got to deal with that better. It’s part and parcel of the game and he is no doubt on top form an exceptional player but you have to deal with those things.

“Even at 2-1, if you accepted Benteke’s power allowed him to get the two goals that he got, then we have to gather as a team and make sure that at 2-1 we stay in the game. But we didn’t and their pace took over from that moment and at 4-1 down there’s no coming back.”

30 comments

  • CH and Bassong need to go. Everyone else stand tall and be counted. Norwich are Premier League and that's how it needs to remain. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Mellow Yellow, oh dear, if Lambchops, as you so bitterly call him, had used those so called underhand tactics whilst managing Norwich, he would be great wouldn't he? He's a good manager, but he's also ambitious, that's why he left.

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    NB

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Benteke on top form CH? What are you talking about? He's struggled to find the net all season! A well worked and well taken goal by Wes...but hey, why no celebration? You've never played for Villa, and despite Lambchops recent underhand tac-tics you most probably never will.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I remember a few years ago we were 4-1 down in the 81st v Boro. 4-4 that finished. Shame we'd given up by 35 mins... Hughton has lost the plot...

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    danpez

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • malaga flyer , a very fair assessment even if it is unpalatable to accept ... we had one hand tied behind our backs before the game started , Villa included Lambert, Culverhouse and Karsa and we had Hughton , Calderwood and Trollope !.

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    Kristafa

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I can't think of a single player who emerged with any credit, except possibly Howson (briefly).Ruddy OK, Martin slow, Bassong dire, Yobo OK, Johnson anonymous, Olsson hampered by injury,, Tettey a shadow of last week and should have seen red, Pilkington useless, Redmond useless, Snodgrass useless, Hooper one good assist for the goal and then there's Hoolahan.....I thought great, at last, and for 20 minutes he showed us what we've been missing, but then he lost interest. The muted goal celebration said it all. He's been mistreated by Norwich, he wants away and after proving to PL that he's still got it, he switched off. Too late to expect much from him now. As for that clown of a manager, utterly clueless. He got the starting line up more or less right but I would have started with Howson and Johnson and used Hoolahan later if necessary. But what was he thinking with Elmander. Quite clearly he had given up at half time and decided the only thing to do was not concede any more. But he could have TRIED at least to attack. It's not unheard of for a side to score 3 times in 45 minutes (Villa did it 4 times !) and they're a team which can't score a home. The tragedy is we are stuck with Hughton now til the end of the season. I can't see Sunderland or West Brom performing as badly as Norwich and they have much easier run ins. Thanks Hughton, you've condemned our club to the Championship. In the name of all that is holy, take your money at the end of the season, get out and don't come back.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Forget about Sunderland its Norwich or Palace for the drop based on run ins.....Hughton why is it too late... makes no difference,, and probably need to get rid of about 6 or 7 players who really are just poor...

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    Robin Sydney

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • All season it has been a case of one step forward and three steps back.Really,why do the board keep leading the club on this merry dance?The Strictly Chris Hughton show is getting really tiresome.IF by some chance Norwich do stay up this year,it will be despite CH,not because of him.

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    Nexus_6

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Redmond needs to be read the riot act after that showing. His second touch was a tackle every time he was given the ball but then blamed everyone else but worse than that, is defending beneath him or something? Jogging back when your full back has two men on him is disgraceful. If you don't want to wear the shirt young man then don't take the wages and go play with the reserves. As for Hoolahan not celebrating, well he can clear off and cry in the reserves too. Shameful display by the pair of them on a day when few were up for the fight and including the manager AGAIN!

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    baguio

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • FFS im not usually one to moan at other peoples opinions as there entitled to them but for crying out loud. The wes non celebrating thing? Get over it! Its more a case of him saying "thats why you should pick me" than any conspiracy theory! What is it with people???? Oh dam RVW isn't playing this week, Snoddy went off at HT, Were not at home so I cant moan about goal music, stewards or lack of yellow nets, Gary Doherty doesn't play for the club anymore.....ah I know what ill moan about....Wes Hoolahan! For the 10 minutes where we actually played semi ok Wes was creating the kind of chances we've been crying out for. Get a grip people for crying out loud. Tell me why.....if he not celebrating was a dig at the club, a lack of respect or what ever you want to moan about....why wasn't he subbed off immediately or at HT? Why would he ever play again if that was the case, he'd be left to rot in the reserves until his contract expires. Some of the utter madness that comes from some fans is just as shocking as the performances that come from our club under Chris Hughton. Im fully prepared for a small collective to fire back with every conspiracy theory under the sun but facts are there if people bother (or want) to look for them. Rant over.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Sorry my broadband is very slow

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • RvW injured again. Well at least he is consistent in that department! Barking was about right: the majority of the team did not perform. I sensed that as soon as Villa drew level the usual story would unfold. And it did. We seem to capitulate under the slightest pressure. The second half we had a lot of the ball but did nothing with it. Our build-up was slow, ponderous and predictable and as for our final balls into the front men, well forget it. Over the top and into touch or to a Villa player. We have sen it all too often this season. A bright and positive start followed by capitulation. We are unable to handle any kind of pressure. The same sorry story goes for our lack of consistency: one decent game now and again but always followed by a series of dreadful, weak and unacceptable showings. It is clear that not only is Hughton out of his depth but so too are a significant number of our players, some of whom are barely makeweight. Too many are frankly mid-table Championship level.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Monday morning... is Hoots still at the helm of the fast sinking HMS Canary?

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    wallybrain

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Deal for Hoolahan to Villa looks done at end of season, judging by the way he did not celebrate his goal, with RVW injured again, why was Becchio not given a start. Next week is a must win.

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Well burger me, oh hang on I've got it, let's go and buy a cracking striker for £8.5m, well burger me, we already have!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • What a shame the Norwich board couldn't hold on to Lambert. Still, he is ambitious.

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    NB

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I went out to watch the match on a very large screen in what is known as the 'Norwich Pub' at the Angel. The enthusiasm was very commendable. But I need not have bothered the Canaries reverted from the previous match standard to the usual unacceptable dross. Make every excuse - Benteke etc and it was still awful. Opinion was freely expressed that action should have been taken at Christmas - there must be a consistent manager out there who simply will not waste our transfer money! Why nothing was done appears to indicate no agreement at board level on a course of action.However much the gallant CE tries to cover it up it remains the impression to many.It was noted that belatedly Hoolahan was used to some effect Overwhelming loyalty and sentiment directed to the manager over a lengthy period simply does not win football matches and questions the business attitude at the top of the pyramid.

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    mardler

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Exactly. We WILL go down because we continue to gift our rivals points without fight and if it comes down to goal difference it will be the countless times we've rocked up to someones ground and simply waved the white flag and rolled over. Unacceptable how long its been deemed ok to accept well bellow average. The alarm bells were ringing months ago, the massive iceberg stood large in front of us yet the watchman failed to spot in and as a result its too late.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Re the change of manager.....It is too late for that as any incoming manager now would have little time to have any positive effect so I think we all have to accept that CH is here to the end of the season. The most likely scenario is that NCFC have an alternative manager in mind but he will not come at this stage as he is presently with a club and wants to see the season out after which he would come to Norwich in the Prem but not the Championship.

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    NICEONE

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Barking wise - Its not too late for Hoolahan IF we change managers. He has to date appeared the victim of favouritism within the squad and scruffily treated hence the apparent unprofessional attitude! To most it appears he is only playing now because the managers job is at stake. Or is it? I do not blame Hoolahan at all - I am ashamed of my clubs conduct in this respect.

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    mardler

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • CH Norwich has never won over Aston villa under Lambert. Only a draw and loses. This clearly shows CH is no more near compatible with Lambert. Lambert is far more superior in term of tactics and knowledge and players. Canaries are going down man. Please sack CH now to avoid the drop or we just enjoy seeing Canaries tumble. CH is only a championship standard manager, no more than that.

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    Jaszli Johari

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • If We Hoolihan ever plays for Norwich City again I will be so disappointed. Not celebrating scoring a goal clearly states that his loyalties do not lie with the club which pays his wages. very unprofessional. It is a bit like having a spy in the camp during second world war. I feel so strongly about this. We can ever prove that he was never on our side today but for me it is like taking a taste of milk you think has gone off. You know that it is off but until you taste it you don't want to throw it out. Time to throw it out before before it poisons you. Wes thanks for the memories but we saw your true colours today

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    GPL

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I think we are all disapointed about RvW. but whats that got to do with todays game? He is injured.

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I think we are all disapointed about RvW. but whats that got to do with todays game? He is injured.

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I think the last line sums up Hughton's attitude towards the match. Pretty sure we came back from 4-1 down against Boro some time ago. Yes, it's an uphill struggle but at least give it a go!

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    MPJ87

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • hahahahahahahahaha lmfao going down going down thrashed by a relegation contender .keep the good work up hughton..love it absolutely love it

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    haha ur going down

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Despite the goal Hoolihan should never been on the pitch. I really cannot understand CH's tac-tics here....ignore Hoolihan all season then play him for the full duration today of all games. Think the game would have gone differently with Howson on from the start. One nil up and Villa were literally there for the taking. Instead we relaxed and allowed them to find a way back into the game, when we should have pressed and went for the jugular. Even still, after conceding we appeared to instantly lose spirit, and after going behind we continued to play as if we were still a goal up! I'm absolutely seething.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • That was a baqd loss. Next up Stoke who beat A r$enal yesterday. Hope they have a reaction like we must have had after beating spurs !! Now that is clutching at straws

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Poor showing alround ..Was a must win game and Didn't.. The drop is in sight. Better start to get ready to unload the Drift wood that is on broad. Or it will sink your ship next season..

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I`m with you 100%, mardler. I don`t `blame` Hoolahan either. He was the only ray of sunshine in that dreadful performance. Maybe Hooper too, briefly? Looked like he could `do business` with Wessi. So, we have a back four comprising 4 Full Internationals and 2 `Captains` but they could not cope with the, hitherto, shot-shy Benteke. Pathetic.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 3, 2014

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