Chris Hughton braced for a tense Carrow Road date with WBA after Swansea City expose Norwich City’s soft underbelly

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was worried about the threat from Swansea hitman Wilfried Bony at the Liberty Stadium. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was worried about the threat from Swansea hitman Wilfried Bony at the Liberty Stadium. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, March 31, 2014
3:30 PM

Chris Hughton is braced for another gut-wrenching Carrow Road affair against Premier League relegation rivals West Brom this weekend after slumping to a sixth consecutive away league defeat in 2014 at Swansea City.

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Norwich never threatened to end that wretched run in a 3-0 loss at the Liberty Stadium that sucked them firmly back into trouble. The Canaries are six points clear of the bottom three with six games left, but Hughton warns there is no real margin for error against the Baggies. Robert Snodgrass’s half-volley was kicked off the line by Swansea skipper Ashley Williams seconds after the interval but the damage had already been done with Jonathan de Guzman’s first-half salvo prior to Wayne Routledge sealing the win.

“That response after half-time was what I wanted from the first whistle,” said Hughton. “Players know when they haven’t done well enough and we hadn’t in that first half. If we get that Snodgrass goal maybe that gives us a lift and the drive we lacked.

“What we are doing is heaping more pressure on those home games. Thankfully we have been able to get the results at home when we have needed to but none of us want to be in that position where you we have to win at home just to stick in there, but unless you can do better than we are away that will always be the case.”

City’s soft underbelly was ruthlessly exposed again by a rampant Swansea in south Wales.

“Certainly towards the end of the game when it became very open there was a fear from myself there could be more goals with what they have got and

particularly in the form (Wilfried) Bony is and how he was linking everything together,” said Hughton. “We certainly opened up in a bid to get a goal and that leaves you more vulnerable. You can not give them the ball as much as we did. I felt we gave them three soft goals.”

31 comments

  • Sorry, Fulham away.......a week on Saturday

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    Lobbo

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • The real problem is the ossified overjelly inside Hughton`s skull.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Fast tracking 'flying canary', away at Fulham at 15.07 on Saturday afternoon is a MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST etc. etc. etc.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Sunderland lose at home to West Ham 1-2! Gives a glimmer of hope for hopeless Hughton. Survival for Norwich rests on 3 teams being more rubbish than Hughton's rubbish!

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • There's a must win game and a MUST WIN game. Saturday's match falls into the second category. Unable to go to that game as it happens but don't think I would be able to stand the tension anyway. I'm a full blown Hammers fan tonight and am counting on them to do well at the Stadium of Light but it's a sad state of affairs when you're relying on other clubs to do you a favour.

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hughton must go at the end of the season, get McKay in at least his team plays decent football.

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    Simon Thetford

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • It is about time that we admitted publically that we need a new manager. I believe that Mike Phelan or Neil Lennon could be coaxed to Carrow Road. If we are not going to develop the ground just yet there must be money in the kitty. Surely whatever was available and not spent on Januarys transfers is to be added to what we could have expected in the summer. A large pot of cash for strikers and shooting midfielders could entice them?

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    Tim Lesiuk

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Wont get into the debate of who will take over because honestly, nobody from Phelan to Lennon to Malky etc...does it for me. They all have procons. I think someone from left field is the way forward. But who? Luckily not my decision. Who ever it is needs the key attribute a certain Mr Lambert had, the ability to put an arm round a player and get the very best out of him no matter the ability and no matter to scoreline in any given match. Thats a key attribute Hughton lacks as the squads better than what Lambert had but he simply cant get them playing for him. Obviously if the new manager can speak more clearly than Lambert that be lovely as he was no saint, he had plenty of faults too.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Im forever blowing bubbles.....hate that song but come on West Ham! Everytime we all deem a game Must win he saves the day. genuinely scared what happens if we fail to beat WBA. Beat them and although it'll be brown pants time I think we will survive....just, lose though and we are doomed. Simple to work out. Only saving grace should we fail to beat WBA is beating someone else we really wouldnt expect to beat.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Dubai: the Championship is a lot better and more competitive than many realise. There are a lot of ex-Premier League teams and some big ones to boot. Most of whom still struggle to get promotion or even near to it. I frankly do not believe Hughton and this fickle squad would do much more than average. We are in a downward spiral with just the odd rising current. Unless or until Hughton goes and we weed out the uncommitted, the under-performers and the ones without pace, we would not be anything like top dogs. More probably under dogs. We really are that bad to be honest.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Whether youre trying to go up or stay up youre always looking at other results. Sunderland losing is good for us but our game against WBA is still a must-win.

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    Cecil

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • The thing with WBA is they wont have an over priced american up front who is utterly useless, they also wont have the only left back in the league who didnt know Snodgrass likes the cut in. sunderland were poor, very poor & we were good, not very good, just good that day. Pray guys. Pray.....

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • All part of the Hughton Master Plan. Make a total hash of things via his own doing. Wait until local folk deem a specific home game 'MUST WIN' and then he rides in like a hero and saves the day. Then he repeats the process.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I'm amazed that CH actually thought there was still hope after being 3-nil down at half-time! We lost because we gave Swansea all the time and space in the world, whilst they were quick to close us down each and every time we had possession and force us into basic mistakes. Instead of worrying about Bony, why didn't CH give them cause to worry about Redmond, Hooper, Hoolihan et al?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • I think he will find WBA a harder opposition that Sunderland were.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Matt, you're giving Hughton too much credit - there is no master plan. He's trying his best but that's so bad it's painful. HT and S'land looking awful and faves for the 3rd relegation spot. If it stays that way (and it probably won't), a win Saturday and we're very close to getting there. We need a real manager for next season and can the board get it right this time?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Our main hope now is that Fulham, Sunderland and Cardiff do worse. Sunderland has almost as bad run in games as we do.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • It`s a concept thing, Blaff. I`m ambervolent about it. Resin being - I don`t know. Perhaps it`s oxymoronic? Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • The real problem is the ossified jelly lurking inside Hughton`s skull.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • We are relying on Sunderland continuing to be as woeful, looks like a defeat for them tonight and another of their games in hand is against Man City but a very sad state to be watching others results. We dont the same last year watching Wigan but we got lucky win at Man City which masks the problems we had. I hope we stay up but our weak owner wont let Hughton be sacked if we stay up....

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    Jimhow

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • There is an unwarranted assumption in your thought, DC. What makes you think that in the Championship we'd be top dog?

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    Cecil

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Stew, you are right...Managers, Players, Trainers, Coaches, Staff even our Shareholders and Directors will come and go. For us the fans, we serve a life sentence and have to live through it all. If we do go down we will have a new manager, hopefully a better squad spirit, the biggest and best support in the Chump + the prospect of the local derby with I9swic2 the local whipping boys - at least we might fill their ground up ! If 30 million cannot keep us in the PL then we have no place being there and maybe it will not be the end of the world to be in a league where we can be top dogs again. At least the fans will be happier than they are now. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Don't forget also we couldn't even raise a decent shot on target against a non-league side last year!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • ….. Yes Dubai...there will be many with bags already packed just waiting for the signal!....Management and his assistants....Players (if that is the correct term)....Non Players who were on the books but deemed unworthy to grace the side.... Contributors on these boards who came out when the sun shone...those who made his tea and licked his …. .. and chastised many of us for trying to open the eyes of our board of directors and majority share holders.....They will be gone!... Their mission accomplished....Their bank balances in fine fettle!.....We!... Those that have tried so hard, trying to guide our over rated manager and his selected teams to a more comfortable end to an uncomfortable season, will be left with the pieces to pick up!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Can jelly be ossified, Gek? Just asking.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Matt, let's hope he does repeat the process against Albion. And there'll be another Hoot love-in, no doubt.

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    Cecil

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Fast tracking 'flying canary', away at Fulham at 15.07 on Saturday afternoon is a MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST etc. etc. etc.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • PS Matthias333 - I've been in a prayerful state for a few weeks now but it ain't working......

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • If we don't win at home to WBA there will be quite a few who can start packing their bags !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I don't know about a soft underbelly it was more a lack of backbone that was exposed. I think our new name should not be Norwich City but Norwich Invertibrates or maybe Norwich Nil.

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Sorry Ladies but although i am not a fan of CH the useless display at Swansea is the players fault who bottled it. Hopefully we can survive and then have a clear out because several of this squad are simply not good enough.

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    dave123

    Monday, March 31, 2014

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