Chris Hughton is sick of seeing the same old story after Norwich City’s 2-0 Premier League loss at West Ham
22:40 11 February 2014
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Chris Hughton admits Norwich City had only themselves to blame after another self-inflicted Premier League defeat heightened their relegation fears on Tuesday night following a 2-0 loss against West Ham.
The Canaries spurned numerous chances again at Upton Park before the Hammers’ struck twice in the final six minutes through James Collins and Mohamed Diame to leave Hughton’s side just a point above the bottom three. City’s wastefulness continues to threaten their top flight existence and Hughton knows the onus is on him to find the answers.
“I am wondering how we lost that. I am very, very frustrated,” he said. “You know you will be up against a very physical side and you have to match and them and for nearly all of the game we did that. You have to give yourself a little bit of release and I don’t think there will have been anyone watching the game that would have felt we didn’t attempt to get into good areas and didn’t create good chances but that is too familiar. Our level of performance has been good, we have created chances and we haven’t put them away. That only puts yourself under more pressure. On the first goal we dealt with that type of ball all game and on the one occasion when it mattered we didn’t. That is what happens. When you haven’t got a lead you think you deserve you put yourself under pressure.”
Hughton refused to single out John Ruddy for blame after the England keeper’s attempt to cut out Diame’s cross allowed Collins to glance home from close range.
“I am never one to directly after a game apportion blame but it is the type of ball we dealt with so well. We had a lot of them and we dealt with them,” he said. “They had minimal chances. No doubt the better chances fell to us. The keeper has made some good saves and unfortunately on our last two games away the keepers have put in man of the match performances. If you create that many you have to score.
“We had worked hard against Manchester City but there was nothing wrong with the energy levels. We were up against a strong, physical West Ham team and we have to be able to match that. I felt we did. The second goal was really our desperation and committing men forward that we went for it and paid the price, but the first hurt us along with missed chances.”