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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, December 6, 2013
Chris Hughton wants his leaders to guide Norwich City out of their Premier League away rut.
Norwich’s miserable run outside Norfolk continued with a 5-1 top flight defeat at Liverpool that inflicted another major dent on their goal difference.
Luis Suarez’s four-goal salvo grabbed the headlines but fresh hesitancy on set pieces irked Hughton even more than his side’s failure to deal with the Uruguayan hitman.
“You want big characters in the squad and the team,” he said. “That is important on the training pitch and around the training ground and on the pitch itself during matches. If you are in a bad run or have a bad defeat you want a positive reaction from all the team and certainly on the set plays it is very much about trusting your players to mark their men. In those key moments they have to be able to do that. You could say that is partly about leadership but mostly it should be down to the individual. Up until a few games ago I was pleased with how we had defended corners, but when you concede a goal there is a collective responsibility and also the individual responsibility.”
Hughton accepts the self-inflicted blows are undermining Norwich’s bid to move away from bottom three.
“It has hurt us in the last two (away) games and we have to tighten that up,” he said. “I think the statistics speak for themselves. We are on the back of a bad defeat at Manchester City and now a big defeat at Liverpool. We have to, as a team, eliminate the individual errors and we can only do that on the training pitch and by our organisation and making sure we make it tougher for the opposition away from home. A high percentage of goals in the professional game come from set plays. It is normally when someone gets across an opponent or gets a run on them and someone is not doing their job.”
Hughton reiterated on Thursday his side had made life far too easy for Suarez.
“I haven’t changed my initial opinion from what I said after the game,” he said. “We were up against a world class player but if you afford him the time we did that is what he can do. They and he certainly capitalised on that. He is a top, top player. There is no doubt and we have suffered before with his qualities, but if you allow him the time and space we did he can hurt you.”