Chris Hughton struggles to comprehend Norwich City’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City
18:04 01 February 2014
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Chris Hughton admitted his Norwich City side only had themselves to blame for gifting Cardiff City three precious Premier League points after the Canaries slipped to a 2-1 defeat in south Wales.
Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones cancelled out Robert Snodgrass’ early opener inside two frenetic second half minutes shortly after half-time and the visitors could find no way past David Marshall despite laying siege to the Bluebirds’ goal in the closing stages.
Norwich dropped three places to 15th following their defeat at the Cardiff City stadium, combined with results elsewhere, and are now just two points above the bottom three after succumbing to a second half sucker punch.
“How we didn’t win that game I really don’t know. You have to score goals and we couldn’t manage it,” said Hughton. “It is hard to take. We did concede two poor goals in a game where I felt in the first half we were comfortable enough. If that final pass had been a little better we might have been able to capitalise on that with another goal. When you give away the two goals we did it changed the whole atmosphere in the stadium. It is always frustrating when you concede any goal but the manner we ddi was so tough to take. We know this can be an intimidating place here but the crowd were fairly quiet and that was down to the effect we had on the game.
“What we did do after such a knock was respond very well after that. Their goalkeeper, as he did at Carrow Road, made some superb saves, we hit the woodwork and we had a couple disallowed. I can not fault the effort of the players but we missed some good chances.”
Bluebirds’ boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was indebted to former Canary Marshall for securing his first Premier League win since replacing Malky Mackay.
“It is nice to sit here and talk about the points not the performances,” he said. “I wouldn’t say nervous was the right word but you almost expected them to score in the final minutes because they had the momentum. We had that at the beginning of the second half but luckily we have one of the best keepers in the league, definitely, and that is allowed in football.
“I was sat there watching West Ham and Swansea and then seeing the Sunderland result and it made it even more important to get the result here. We wanted a fresh start, a bright start but we were slow out of the blocks. Maybe I should do my half-time team talk before the game.”