Chris Hughton braced for a tense Carrow Road date with WBA after Swansea City expose Norwich City’s soft underbelly
15:30 31 March 2014
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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.
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.”