Chris Hughton - Seb Bassong will be ‘disappointed’ by defending for Swansea City opener in Norwich City’s 1-1 Premier League draw

Swansea City's Nathan Dyer lifts over Norwich City's John Ruddy to open the scoring in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Swansea City's Nathan Dyer lifts over Norwich City's John Ruddy to open the scoring in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, December 16, 2013
8:00 AM

Chris Hughton revealed there will be an inquest into Swansea City’s soft opener when the dust settles on a hard-fought 1-1 Premier League draw at Carrow Road.

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The Norwich City boss admitted captain Sebastien Bassong would be ‘disappointed’ with the manner of Nathan Dyer’s opener after failing to deal with Ashley Williams’ raking pass despatched by the midfielder. Hughton was more concerned with attempting to build on Gary Hooper’s predatory finish during the interval than any recriminations towards the powerful centre-back, who signed a contract extension during the week.

“Seb will be disappointed, but it is not something I have spoken to him about,” said Hughton. “We are in Monday and we will go through that. It’s part and parcel of the game. He is a defender and sometimes they make errors of judgement and you just hope they don’t lead to goals. We have to move on and we showed great character to come back after the early goal. We spoke about the goal we conceded very briefly at half-time but at that stage we had to focus on how we go on and try to win the game. We needed that bit of brilliance to get us back in the game but I felt we went for it in the second half even if Swansea were always a threat. There was an opportunity for us here. We needed a bit of quality or guile to get a winner and if there was going to be one side who went on and won, I felt it would be us. It most certainly wasn’t a case of sitting back and getting a draw.”

Hughton did not share Swans’ counterpart Michael Laudrup’s assessment Dyer’s first half injury exit tilted the game back in the hosts’ favour with Ashley Williams denying Leroy Fer with a superb reaction header on his own line before Hooper volleyed Norwich level.

“No, I don’t think it changed the game,” he said. “You just don’t know the answer. On most occasions a break in a game tends to favour the away team. They had a keeper booked for time wasting and that was an accumulation of many incidents in the first half. I just hope the lad is okay. It was important to go in at half-time 1-1 because we had conceded a poor goal for us and that was something we are aware of. We needed to get back into the game because irrespective of the week Swansea have had they are a very good side who move the ball around so well. It is difficult at times to get as close to them as you would like. You need someone to produce something and Gary did.”

Hughton was happy to accept referee Michael Oliver’s decision not to award Norwich an early first-half penalty when Fer’s far-post header struck Angel Rangel on his outstretched arm.

“No. I have seen the incident again and I think Leroy has jumped with him and yes it did hit his hand but not a penalty for me,” he said. “You are always frustrated when you don’t win at home but certainly with how the results also went this weekend it is a home game we wanted to win.

“Swansea play a style of football where they are very well-drilled and when you go behind so early like we did you are just trying to get an opportunity to get yourself back in and then you build from there. That is how it went.”

13 comments

  • What exactly is up with Bassong this year ? We all know he can be brilliant on his day but to be honest this year he is looking like a total liability in most games.Everyone has off days but im struggling to remember when he last had a good game.

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    woodfarm canary

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Chris Hughton ! New Manager for Tottenham Hotspur !

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • …..There is nothing wrong with learning from ones' mistakes......turning a blind eye is not the answer!....occasionally those that notice mistakes, point them out to those responsible for their lack of judgement....all in a positive way!.....Those that are 'on the treatment table at present' will not necessarily improve the teams performance or results....in fact some results have improved whilst 'stars' have been absent.....If we win at Sunderland, it will make ALL of us happier, not just the few climbing on the bandwagon of a home draw against a tired out Swansea!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Can somebody explain to me why, when we have a defensive manager and coaching staff, that we have the 2nd worst defensive record in the Premiership. Lambert, at least, had an excuse, he was "gung-ho" and went forward. Hughtons coaching staff demonstrably fail at what they are supposed to be best at....DEFENDING!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Conceded an early goal again, shochking defending. What the hell iswas Bassong doing? Like many others, i was sure it would be home a home win and sitting 10th in the table - opportunity missed for sure. Let's hope we improve for Saturday against Sunderland, perhaps CH will put Wes in but don't hold your breath. OTBC.

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    FXT Canary

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • I thought Bassong's overall game was not that bad, just one individual mistake but these often cause goals. When I played in defence and then coached, we always tried to have at least one other defender close by such that he was instructed to cover such mistakes, for some reason NCFC never seem to adopt this basic coaching tactic. Olsson was possibly a bit too far to the left and tried to make ammends but it was too late. Many around me were blaming Ruddy but he had little choice other than to leave his line in a vein attempt to collect the loose ball. The fact is however, had we been more adventurous with the substitutions, like introducing Hoolahan, then the game was there to be won.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • If we need a bit of quality and guile to get a winner, why didn't we bring Hoolahan on?

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Dissapointed?That wont be the first time this season!Even bassongs headers from corners were awful,is he awake for the full 90 minutes i wonder?Bring back bennett or put martin there for the sunderland game!

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    tonyb

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • …..Trev !...that mistake could have cost his manager his job...I also think that he was not up to scratch on many other occasions...we have a liability on our hands......As far as the Hoolahan fiasco is concerned, I can't help but wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye.... shades of Lambert and Bent at Villa....In my 'humble' opinion, he is by far our best player, and is the natural engine room of the team!!!!.....Ho! Ho!Ho!....read into that what you like!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • everyone out on the pitch on sunday made at least 1 mistake in the game, goalies and defenders are likely to be punished with a goal. The real reason why we struggle to win games is that we rarely score or even create more than one. Until we create more we are always liable to not win. 2 points lost, poor managerial decisions and two subs bought on that actually stopped our flow. Reliance on Elmander starting scares me, when will this allardyce mentality of effort not technical ability, havoc not create, big men not skill and wingers not creative midfielders be realised by our board for what it is. Perhaps this is what they want, deliverance from relegation is really all that matters???

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    kpg24uk

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • I thought Bassong, was not to bad Sat, we had to defend lots, as we constantly lost possesion, and were on the back foot, by Ruddy having a quite game it has to say something for defence... Turner was a nightmere, and it would have been nice if Howson went over the halfway line... although Redmond will move on to a top club... someone PLEASE, give him some shooting practice... Three shots on target, again, is just not good enough... apart from everything Sat I thought it was SAME old SAME, nothing the Manager has done, during the game has inspired me to think that we are going forward, or "he who will do it his way" is so set in his way, he can't "see the wood through the trees", or the spud bag dropping over his head.

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Not as disappointed as the supporters. Mistakes such as this are very costly. CH needs to strengthen his defence , Bassong is proving unreliable.

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    norman hall

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Chalk up a win against Sunderland on Saturday and the negatives will still be debated by the moaning brigade. I think we are holding our own at this moment in time and when players return from the treatment table we push on a place or two.

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    Richard Bonham

    Monday, December 16, 2013

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