Chris Hughton understands the anger of Norwich City’s home support after a damaging 1-0 Premier League defeat to West Brom
18:41 05 April 2014
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Chris Hughton insists Norwich City must fight on after slipping to a miserable 1-0 Premier League defeat to West Brom at a fractious Carrow Road.
Sections of City’s home support lost patience with Hughton and his players at the full-time whistle with the manager struck by a clap banner and keeper John Ruddy embroiled in a verbal altercation with one supporter in the Lower Barclay.
Morgan Amalfitano’s 16th minute winner saw Pepe Mel’s side leapfrog Norwich in the standings with Fulham’s away win at Aston Villa cutting City’s margin for error to the bottom three to five points ahead of next weekend’s trip to Craven Cottage.
Hughton fully understood the anger of the home support after slipping to a first home league defeat of 2014 - with pockets of fans in home areas of the stadium even calling for him to go.
“It is frustration and we are all feeling it,” said the manager, who was adamant the stray banner had struck him accidentally when questioned in his post-match media briefing. “We went into today buoyed by the fact our home form was good and we were confident. What we have to make sure is that this result does not drain the confidence.
“We got into some areas where at times our quality and passing let us down. What happens then is some of that frustration builds up with the support and the only way you can alleviate that is to get a goal or force the keeper into making good saves. We wasn’t able to do that. I understand the frustration and we just have to get on with.
“That is probably as frustrated as I have felt at Carrow Road this year because our performances had been good. Everyone knows we have found it difficult away from home on the road. On the back of one of our best home performances against Sunderland we really did not get going. We conceded a soft goal and that gave them the lift. They sat back and allowed us plenty of possession but we were not good enough to exploit a fairly rigid West Brom side.
“We didn’t deserve to win the game. Whether we deserved to lose it, I am not so sure. We didn’t show enough. We’ve hit the woodwork twice but we need to show more than that.”