Chris Hughton lays its on the line to his Norwich City squad

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton left his players in no doubt how he felt after a 5-1 Premier League defeat at Liverpool. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. Norwich City manager Chris Hughton left his players in no doubt how he felt after a 5-1 Premier League defeat at Liverpool. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Friday, December 6, 2013
7:45 AM

Chris Hughton insists his Norwich City players know their Premier League away form is unacceptable.

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The Canaries’ crashed to a sixth top flight defeat in seven on the road after crumbling 5-1 at Liverpool in midweek and Hughton revealed on Thursday he had left his players in no doubt what he thought of their Anfield efforts.

“We spoke long and hard after the game. You can’t dwell on it too long, but we have said what had to be said. We need to right some wrongs,” he said.

“It’s an emotional game this one and there is no doubt there are times as a manager when you have to shout and criticise. I am very happy and capable of doing that. It is a tough game but these are men you are dealing with and they have to accept that. You also need to be calm and measured in how you go about things. If there is something I see I don’t like I can be aggressive, you have to be able to do it and most managers or coaches do that within their own personality.”

Hughton admitted he suffered a sleepless night following Norwich’s latest miserable Merseyside trip.

“I didn’t get so much (sleep) but that is normal after a game. The emotions and the adrenaline are still flowing,” he said. “You still have to come back down because we have a very important game now and we have to focus on that one. This is part and parcel of the game.

“It is a good feeling when you win a game but the flip side is equally true and when that happens you want to make amends. The onus is on me to get the team selections right. We’re hurting from Wednesday night and I want a reaction and we have shown we can do that in the right way this season. I will demand a performance that gives us a chance to win the game.”

48 comments

  • Elmander started up top because in Chris Hughton land he thought that at the 99th time of trying he was going to achieve his goal of setting up for a draw and getting it! Elmander isnt your 20 goal a season striker and people moaning at him for not scoring are bonkers! Playing him up on his own was sending a huge massive message to LFC and the world, that message being "WE HAVE COME FOR THE DRAW....please be kind". Tactically I was stunned Johnson wasnt sitting in front of the back 4 instead of Fer. Johnson is the muscle. Fer is the muscle but can also play. Its bad but someone (like Johnson normally does when sitting in front of the back 4) should have been there sticking one on the likes of Suarez taking a yellow card. We all know what he can do, and were certainly not good enough to stop him with our ability. Instead we gave Suarez the freedom a player of his quality should never get.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Mellow_Yellow I agree with what you're saying. I just hope there is talk going on behind closed doors otherwise we;ll have even less to look forward to every weekend.

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    Powers1902

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Whilst I am happy to add my voice to the clamour for Hughton's departure I do worry about who the replacement might be. Di Matteo would be a welcome choice but think he is after something far larger. My major concern is that Neil Warnock is now looking for a new job; the old adage about "frying pans and fires" comes to mind!

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    Bohnhof

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Same old story, same old reasoning. What ever weight does Hughton think his roasting of the players, with his anger being harnessed within his personality going to have. The man is gutless and I suspect the effect will be negligible.Whatever has happened to McNally and the board - get your acts together and sack the whole management team who are leading us to relegation.

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    VictorM

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Think you'll find that's an "our" not an "are" Townman. Coming on here calling people thick when you can barely write is a bit rich.

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    B Inners

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • I seem to recall Hughton's reason for playing Snodgrass on the right wing was because he tracks back?!! If that was so, then no more needs to be said about Hughton's tactics. Use a winger as a defender. Brilliant! Never mind he's left footed and playing on the right and can't get a cross in. Whether we play one or two up front the real problem is that our midfield do not come up in any numbers in support of the striker(s). But worse still, the midfield against Liverpool not only didn;t move forward and press Liverpool in the middle of the pitch. They didn't seem to know who to mark and dithered about all the time, putting in far too little effort, few tackles and losing the man they were supposed to be marking. Suarez's first goal was a case in point: he was allowed to walk through onto the ball. The best we could do was to wave a half-hearted boot at the ball!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • What is it West that you are seriously expecting McNally to come out and say or do? Do directors of any club criticise their managers in public? No, they don't. And why? For the very good reason that its not going to achieve anything other than undermine the managers credibility. I dare say discussions concerning performance have been on-going for a couple of weeks on a number of levels; and just because McNally hasn't broadcast these to the world it doesn't mean that there is nothing happening. Football clubs are bound by employment law in the same way as any other employer. Would you expect your boss to comment on your performance or your future to other employees andor the public? I don't think you would.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • finally he is demanding a performance to win a game instead of bigging up the other team. however i believe it may be too late, i hope im wrong and you prove you can be a tough loving manager instead of what comes across as a soft touch

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    greengreengrass

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • CH should take a good look at himself before he blames the players. What was that Elmander lone striker all about? At least show some intent by starting with 2 up front. After Liverpool don't keep too many clean sheets.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Biggest mystery for me is not Hughton...we all know where we stand with him....no, the biggest mystery is McNally. Where is he? Why has he not spoken and better still why has he not acted? We have been awful all season and does McNally seriously think things are miraculously going to turn around. I simply cannnot understand why he has not acted.

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • What percentage game is that then? When 70% of the goals we see are scored by the opposition?

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    Cecil

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • I get the impression that the poor results are more important to the supporters than it is to the players, after all, they all expect to be able to leave a sinking ship if the worst happens. I would expect to see at least two of the central defenders dropped for the next game with Turner and Whittaker taking their place. If we only had more strength in depth, then I would also expect changes elsewhere on the park including in goal but fear are replacements would be a step backwards. One thing is for sure, John Ruddy done little to enhance his chances of playing for England in the near future.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Are the reporters at the EDP asking for a comment from Carrow Road? If not they should be. They should be hanging around making nuisances of themselves until they get a comment, maybe then the Board will read the supporters views for themselves. Somebody needs to do something.

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    Jim

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Enjoy this while you can Binners, because we all know what happens when we play your lot dont we, lets still all laugh at the Binners.I suppose you, very few ,still sing "already down, already down" Hahahaha

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    Chuncky993

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • If you think we are going to start with two up front against Liverpool you have no idea about the game. As I always say its about how you support that man.

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    sharky

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Hmm......Not exactly Sir Alex Fergie is he? Can't imagine a tongue lashing from the Country Vicar would be very scary...unless he stood on an old orange crate to deliver it. I'm optimistic as always + I'll say 1-1 draw against the Brummers. But please, please, please Chris...if we lose just go. I don't care if they put Mickey Mouse in charge, if we're going to go down let's go down fighting...

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    Timbo

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Johnson technically is shocking. When hes the vocal piece in the centre we are guilty of giving the ball away extremely often. Speaks volumes out of everyone get got forward to get that goal against Liverpool. Elmander started up top because in Chris Hughton land he thought that at the 99th time of trying he was going to achieve his goal of setting up for a draw and getting it! Elmander isnt your 20 goal a season striker and people moaning at him for not scoring are bonkers! Playing him up on his own was sending a huge massive message to LFC and the world, that message being "WE HAVE COME FOR THE DRAW....please be kind". Tactically I was stunned Johnson wasnt sitting in front of the back 4 instead of Fer. Johnson is the muscle. Fer is the muscle but can also play. Its dirty but someone (like Johnson normally does when sitting in front of the back 4) should have been there sticking one on the likes of Suarez. We all know what he can do, and were certainly not good enough to stop him with our ability. Instead we gave Suarez the freedom a player of his quality should never get. Martin consistently has been bellow par but hes not alone. Nowhere near alone. Olsson has done ok out of the current bunch but you can certainly tell hes being held back as hes not making his natural over lapping runs. Hoolahan is a welcome face back in the team. One of the few who can actually make us tick and link the midfield to attack. All comes down to management. The way we set up, the way players are prepared and motivated. Theres clearly issues here. Happy Claps can ignore it all they like but to use one of there fav phrases....the stats dont lie. The last 12 months have been truly shocking.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Thing is Surrey I could accept his misguided notion of resting Hooper if at half time he saw Elmander wasnt capable of doing the job hughton gave him and let Becchio have a run out, or start Hooper and sub him later on so as to rest him but hes always looking at defending options but we stand off people so much the world class players tear us apart

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    Jimhow

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • I can tell you all as a avid (or should I say livid) home and away follower of NCFC exactly how the WBA game will go. We will set up like always to ensure we dont let a goal in before we think about getting one ourselves. However our inability to defend within a defensively set up tactic, set up by a defensively based coaching team will result in us letting in 2 or 3 goals that are down to us rather than the other side playing us of the park. I doubt it will be a thrashing the likes of LFC, MCFC, MUFC (I could go on...) but it'll be another no show most likely. Our best hope....and this is clutching at straws, is WBA have a out of character off day. If they have an off day and face off against Hughtons extremely cautious, defensive tactics we could earn (or fluke) ourselves a boring draw. Happy Claps can call it pessimistic. I call it realistic. We spend our hard earned cash following NCFC all over the country. A Majority of us are well and truly fed up. This isn't bed wetting as the happy claps call it, or overreacting. This is a majority of people who are well and truly fed up with the utter tross we've been served up for the last 12 months! Players can play badly but ultimately blame will always lie at the managers door. No amount of sugar coating will change that.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • finally he is demanding a performance to win a game instead of bigging up the other team. however i believe it may be too late, i hope im wrong and you prove you can be a tough loving manager instead of what comes across as a soft touch

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    greengreengrass

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Wow! I bet the payers were really scared after numbnuts Whooton laid into them. What an utter loser that man is. He's turned my club into the laughing stock of world football. Just leave you spineless moron!. All my love Gedders. (fan leader) x

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    Ged Steroo

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • As you say not enough men getting there as Johnson did on Wednesday and he has done that before.

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    sharky

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Chris Hughton lays it on the line... The line of least resistance?

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    Cecil

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Snott, how long did it take to think of that? If you are going to troll please take a little time and be funny, ironic or something. Please feel free to internet search Liz Knott people.

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    B Inners

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • More snot from Knott?

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    Abraham

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Its all talk. No amount of words, hope, fingers crossed will fix this Chris. Fair play for his own self belief but we need to think about our club. The downward spiral its been in the last 12 months is horrific. I doubt any of the other 19 teams in the PL would have put up with it. Too much damage has been done.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • finally he is demanding a performance to win a game instead of bigging up the other team. however i believe it may be too late, i hope im wrong and you prove you can be a tough loving manager instead of what comes across as a soft touch

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    greengreengrass

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Hooper was rested - no doubt about it. CH is going to play the percentage game with his injury list. We can beat WBA, trouble is who's going to convince the team of that? You can't keep taking a pounding against the top teams and be psychologically able to bounce back against the lesser teams, unless it is a club ploy that everyone buys into, including the fans...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • LYB. a good point, but Hooper seems like he's eager for game time and not in need of a rest?

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    GossVolley

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • …..Lobbo!....The reason that we don't have players getting into the box is because they are instructed to defend-defend-defend!.....Holt scored few last season because he spent far too much time defending, covering for our Centre Backs.. We had so many players defending that the only time they got forward was for a corner . Then it was mass attack and no defence! There are only so many times a forward ,Holt in particular can run 100yards from defence, and be sharp and alert at the other end.... He followed instructions as best he could and finally ran out of patience... no doubt harsh words were exchanged, and he decided to move away....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Hughton hasn't even had the dreaded "vote of confidence"!!! I am amazed that this is being allowed to go on and on because it is clear nothing is going to change. The only consistency has been our abject performances over the last 12 months so quite how anyone thinks there is somehow going to be a renaissance beats me! It isn't just the defeats but the manner of the defeats that is rattling so many of us. Under PL we lost games but I never recall being annoyed at any lack of commitment or effort. Lack of quality was understandable and acceptable. But now we have better players so that side of our game should have improved. But it hasn't. In fact it has got worse. Coupled with that is the total lack of willingness, drive and effort especially away from home. I suspect the problem with Hughton is that he isn't a natural born leader and that makes it hard for him to sound convincing when he gives the players a roasting. He is, perhaps, too nice a man which isn't a personality fault as such but is an impediment in the hard world of management.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Players that perform badly should be told that in the January window they will be put on the transfere market, there must be better players in the Acadamy or at least as good and with lower wages. Hughton will not leave of his own accord too much money involved. If he gets sacked he will have a nice pile to go on holiday in the sun whilst he counts it. Wish I was in a can't lose situation.

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    goldie

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • It's says something about the setup when Johnson is our main attacking threat...

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    GossVolley

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Elmander instead of Hooper was a terrible decision. Elmander is a type of player for hassling defenders and giving flick ons to a strike partner (see his national side) he's not got the movement of someone like Hooper who will find the space needed to pounce on goal. It's almost like he played Elmander in some misguided notion of defending from the front and tracking back being more important than finding the net ourselves. Im not one for relentless bashing of CH but this is how I see it

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    GossVolley

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Indeed, is the reason that we don't have players in the box for crosses because, they have been told to and aren't doing it or they have been told not to do it!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • The problem is that away from home we are far too passive as a team. We stand off. I hate coming back to Lambert, but when he was in charge they were rarely like that, and if they were then he made sure that he got a reaction in the second half. You do get a reaction with Hughton's side, but not enough of one and there is no belief that we will win the game away from home. That comes back to the manager for me.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • I was also critical of Hughton's decision to start Elmander instead of Hooper. Then again, with the Liverpool game and the West Brom game so close together, doesn't it make sense to rest the better player for the game we're more likely to win?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • "Hughton lays it on the line to the players". Blimey what did he do, start singing , .."going down, going down, going down"?

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    Liz Knott

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • If any one at the Club takes the trouble to read the comments in the Media there should be some reply from the club , one gets the impression that think if they keep there heads in the sand long enough when they remove them CH will have performed a miracle and then smiles all round

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Totally agree MY. Everything you say is spot on. The problem with the moaners is that most of the time they will be right, because teams like ours have very little success in the EPL. The only problem is the manner of the defeat and thats the worry now. I can say I do know long meetings have been held

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    sharky

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Look we will go down at WBA by at least 3 or 4 goals tomorrow, nothing is going to change.Houghton will be asked to leave after the game or on Sunday morning

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    Essex yellow

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Elmander was preferred to Hooper but maybe Becchio is better than both ! Who knows because we are yet to see him play. A 10 minute spell is not a fair chance !

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    Johny

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • I totally agree 'sharky' about playing two up front but for heavens sake get players in the box for when a cross comes in. Just watched a replay of Match of the Day and Southampton consistently got up to 4 players in the box to at least try to score. Us, well it's either one or none!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Agent hughtons team talk keep it under 6 if you can lads and are 6 finger 7toes thick trailer trash fans will be happy

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    Townman

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Townman, bit risky calling other people thick...

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    Pierre

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • GossVolley

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • Sharky what you say makes sense but would you have played Elmander as the sole striker? Surely Hooper did enough recently to warrant keeping his place? Im not one for relentless bashing of CH but recently some of his decisions have had me baffled. I think Elamnder's talent is the hassling of defenders and the knock downs to other, more skilled strikers (as in his national side) and playing him up top on his own was almost an admission we weren't set up to score. Maybe even an attempt to use the striker as a defensive role!!!

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    GossVolley

    Friday, December 6, 2013

  • No points at West Brom, no Hughton after West Brom. We might as well bung another three points down the drain before we get rid of him.

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    el dingo

    Friday, December 6, 2013

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