Chris Hughton left seething at Norwich City’s ‘inexcusable’ 3-0 Premier League Swansea City loss

Norwich boss Chris Hughton labelled his side's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea as 'unacceptable.' 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich boss Chris Hughton labelled his side's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea as 'unacceptable.' Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, March 31, 2014
7:15 AM

Norwich City’s players do not have exclusive rights on frustration after Chris Hughton revealed his anger at another feeble top flight away outing.

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Hughton’s response to a desperate first half at the Liberty Stadium was a double midfield change, but the City chief admitted he wanted to perform major surgery in a forlorn bid to avoid a sixth consecutive Premier League away defeat.

City’s players indulged in verbal spats between both themselves and towards the officials at times during a fractious afternoon, with Hughton making little attempt to disguise his own anger at the opening 45 minutes from his side.

“Yes (I was angry). You are always trying to keep composed because you want to stay focused and think clearly to try and change the game at half-time in our favour but we were so far short of what is required at this level that we never gave ourselves a chance in that first half,” he said. “There were absolutely no excuses for the performance, especially the first half.

“Probably at that stage if I could have I would have made three changes, but the last thing you want is to have a man sent off or an injury and you have no options to change it. If we play that poorly and Swansea don’t get the goals in the first half you think you have got away with it and you can do something about it, but at 2-0 it changes and you have to open up and you can then get punished even more. In a first half where we weren’t good I had to make some changes. With Jonas (Gutierrez) he is a different player out wide to Wes (Hoolahan) and Bradley (Johnson) is someone who has been playing and he could try to shore up that midfield.”

Hughton had no problem with his players carrying out their own inquests on the field. Alex Tettey was also lectured for back chat towards referee Jonathan Moss after the interval on a frustrating afternoon for the men in yellow and green.

“That is what happens on a football pitch,” said Hughton. “It shows they are not happy with the performance. None of us are. If they have something to say I would rather they said it to each other. It is heat of the moment stuff. You can look at it the other way and say it shows passion but you get those instances during games. They want to do well, want to work hard and be in a better position but we have to do it on the football pitch. We have to close this down and look to the next game.”

Joseph Yobo’s absence with a minor calf injury contributed to another fragile away display in front of John Ruddy but the Nigerian international is expected to be in contention for West Brom’s visit this weekend.

“He felt his calf early in the week but it was very slight so we are hopeful he will be ready,” said Hughton. “They just looked brighter and sharper on the ball. We conceded poor goals, one in particular from a ball we gave away. You know you are up against a team who will have more possession than you, but it was also a team who showed in the final third they had the quality and the clinical edge to cause us problems.”

36 comments

  • Droll, kf, very droll

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    Cecil

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Love the drunk uncle analogy, Morgan. Also, I agree entirely with MikeISA. Hughton sees everything through monochrome specs. Tactics are not black and white, there are 19 shades of grey in the PL. You set up to attack against the slower teams at home like Sunderland, fair enough. But you don't assume the formula will work against ALL teams home and away. Swansea are a slick outfit, their league position belies the quality of football they play. A strong midfield is essential to counter that threat. Certainly, Norwich are not good enough to play 2 up front against teams like Swansea, especially when the "strikers" in question are a box of match sticks (credit Waclor) and a tree stump (credit me). Ok, we all love Wes, but you don't play him every game regardless. There's a time and a place. Swansea was not the time or the place for him and maybe not Howson either. Next Saturday WILL be. Chuck in Redmond too. It's our final realistic chance of 3 points, a last hurrah and a happy Carra before........you know what.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Where's YOUR tongue now Steady On?

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    waclor

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I have to agree with Monkey Nuts, both teams seem prone to falling apart at very little provocation. I need to stop banging my head on the wall.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • .....You have lost control Chrissy!....they are laughing at you!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I think Mr Brewer means Shearer was the principal unprincipled Hughton apologist! Not from the Phrase and Fable family then. Where are Dick, Sean and Harry when you need them? Saw the match in Moscow, but no sound, probably just as well! Putin for Manager.

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    Russianality

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Just when you think it can't get worse than the Southampton performance along comes the Swansea shambles. Two teams with everything to fight for and only one team turns up and wouldn't you know it that the absent team is NCFC. This away performance thing shows no sign of abating and it will not get better until the Manager and the players decide to take the situation in their own hands and change it. It won't change without positive action....and they could start by copying the likes of Crystal Palace, Fulham and Sunderland who although they are worse off than Norwich play each game as if it's important to them. Norwich hoist the white flag away from home.....poor loves how bad can it be for them?? If they all grew a pair and showed some fight then we might stand a chance of putting in a performance at least!!

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    NICEONE

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Nice one kenfoggo! There`s a little brewery there now, too. there used to be a team, in the Norwich sunday league I think, called Mundham & Seething. Hughton`s mundane and seething?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • MB, always remember Shearer from that classic 7-1 defeat at Blackburn. I drove up from Nottingham where I was living at the time and arrived before the turnstiles opened and sheltered in one from the rain. Shearer walked past on his own is a smart suit that hung off him - looked pretty slim. On the pitch he was massive that day, remember one shoulder to shoulder where he just shrugged off a challenge and setup another goal. Canary fans sang all game long despite it all.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • It was Shearer who said it was ridiculous that fans were calling for Hughton to be sacked and that he was doing a good (or was it great) job. He also said what do supporters expect from Norwich - we should be happy with what we have. Great player but taking money for nothing nowadays.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • You're right Stew Hughton is a laughing stock in football circles but worse than that he his taking the board and the supporters for mugs. To hell with the last few matches lets just kick him and his cronies out now. He's taking the pi$$.

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Vic, I am sure you are right but when you hear Lineaker on MOTD saying us fans are fools for wanting rid of him, it really does make you wonder. I suggest they start paying good money to suffer as we do and then perhaps the penny will drop.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Looks like Big Sam's West Ham did us another big favour last night by beating Sunderland. Can't keep relying on results going our way though and we literally must pick up maximum points against WBA and Fulham away. I can still see that we will be playing for survival against Arsenal and the season could literally be decided by the last kick of the game - can se sign Grant Holt on loan please ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • "Seething"? Nice Norfolk village. It's got a church , a thatched school, a post office , a village green , a pond and an airfield..... The only thing missing is a village idiot, wonder where he is?

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Next season I hope the Murphy twins.Loza and a young Norwich City player is to replace Bassong are in the team. Also a new manager....Here's hoping!!!!!

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    paul553

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Counting the days until we get shot of this loser. He has to be toast now regardless of the next 6 matches. He'd better be.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Once again, too many of the team including manager and coaches appeared to come from Spitting Images, they look like players but are simply actors out of their depth. What fool would start a game with a pair of strikers who have only scored a couple of goals between them after 31 games have been played. Howson, likewise is ok as an attacking midfielder but cannot and will not put a decent tackle in, as a result Tettey did not know which way to turn so chose neither. Can we even stay in the Championship next season or will we be the big fish in division one thereafter.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Chris Hughton never takes responsibility for the bad perfomances, its time he did. He picks the team and formation, he tells the players the tactics. I dont believe he studies the opposition before a game and changes his tactics accordingly. He just thought it worked last week, ill try it again. Swansea are far better and play differently than Sunderland. The blame is down to Hughton primarily, although the players are far from faultless, as they are not performing as a team or putting in maximum effort.

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    Henry

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Norwich City Football Club are like your crazy drunk Uncle. One week he's buying you Star Wars Lego sets... The next you're getting turds in envelopes. Someone tell me when they're committed please. I can't bring myself to make the call... "Hello... Is this Hellesdon Hospital?"

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Last weekends performance was poor enough to drop every player, for the match against West Brom. They let the City down against Swansea, and are obviously happy to risk a pay drop next season, which in the long run, means they will all suffer. So Hughton, now is your chance to make a name for yourself, and make the right decision this weekend....like misbehaving or lazy children, they MUST be punished!

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    KuwaitCanary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • waclor, a timely reminder. I confess I was surprised that that foul comment by Steady On was not deleted. We all know we may not say `Ar$enal` properly, but S\O gets away with thinly disguised raw crudités. What a vegetable. What a dipstick.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hughton has had nearly 2 whole seasons to put together a decent team but they are losing virtually 23 rds of all games. Thought he used to be a defender but he still hasn't worked out how to keep goals out. Or how to score a few goals. Sorry he has worked out how to score few goals!

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    goldie

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Last weekends performance was poor enough to drop every player, for the match against West Brom. They let the City down against Swansea, and are obviously happy to risk a pay drop next season, which in the long run, means they will all suffer. So Hughton, now is your chance to make a name for yourself, and make the right decision this weekend....like misbehaving or lazy children, they MUST be punished!

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    KuwaitCanary

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • City have a must win against WBA. If they win it then they will have to wait until the end of the season against Arsenal to pick up 3 more points to get to 38. There will be no points between, it is simple as that.

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    Watton Warrior

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Setting up with an attacking formation at any away fixture in the PL is just not an option for us. Swansea have one of the highest posession stats in the PL, so why would we set up to attack them away from home? Set up for 0-0 with counter attacking options (Snodgrass, Murphy or Redmond with one striker - take your pick) is the only realistic choice we have unless we can splash out 50 million on a ToureRamsay type of midfielder. Hoolahan is first on my teamsheet for home games, but not away. A solid five man midfield who are prepared to work their socks off. I didn't see anything like that on Saturday.

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    MikelSA

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hughton "seething". Must be a typo. Surely you meant sleeping..???

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    Timbo

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hughton has had almost 2 seasons to put together a decent team and still they are failing nearly every game. He used to be a defender but he still hasn't worked out how his team should defend let alone how the attack could score a few goals. Sorry yes he has worked out how to score few goals!

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    goldie

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Hughton "seething". Must be a typo. Surely you meant sleeping..???

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    Timbo

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • .....Give yourself a break and pack it in!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • "Oi! That's my hamburger. Give it back!

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    la barbe

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Feel for you guys, your performances and your bosses inability to make the correct changes echos my teams at this moment in time. I enjoy watching the Villa Reserves and U21's more than i do the first team. This is where the passion is. We are very very similar in terms of ability, i know some of our fans don't see eye to eye, but there is very little that seperates us. The only thing that will hopefully salvage both our seasons is Sunderland has arguably just a worse run in as you guys, and hopefully the fact there are 2 other worse teams around us. How has it come to this where we are praying for teams such as Palace, Fulham etc to lose points rather than expecting our teams to win?! Dreadful season. Wake me up when its over.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • You will find next seasons quality players and even a good manager over Eaton Park or Sloughbottom, get over there quick McNasty!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Shearer is as shallow as a puddle in a drought, DJ_F.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • It's all an old boys act. MoTD has been replaced by The Big Lugs and Baldy Show. It's not about football anymore.

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    waclor

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I'm embarrassed to say that I was one of the mugs who travelled to Swansea on Saturday. I could not believe how poor we actually were. There was not one man in a yellow shirt who appeared to be able to complete a pass. Whilst Swansea pressed hard and closed us down continuously, we idly stood by looking totally clueless. Yet again a pathetic and spineless performance away from home.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • TrevorK, I think it was Shearer who was the principle unprincipled Hughton apologist. As the failed interim manager of his beloved Toon, before taking the cushy geld of punditry, he probably left behind a few badly buried bodies. For nice Chrissy to find.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 31, 2014

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