Norwich City boss Chris Hughton does not fear the sack after sorry FA Cup exit at Fulham
22:51 14 January 2014
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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insisted he will fight on after Tuesday night’s sorry 3-0 FA Cup exit to Fulham.
The Canaries slumped to an eighth winless game in a row with a dire third round replay defeat at Craven Cottage and Hughton is under no illusions he is under intense pressure ahead of Hull City’s Premier League visit this weekend. Hughton is adamant he realises the gravity of his own situation, but the City manager does not fear becoming the latest sack race casualty.
“No, I am not worried (about the sack). My only concern is doing the job to the best of my ability and getting results for the team,” he said. “I understand all the pressure that will come my way in the next few days. This is a major disappointment, but we have to stick together. We have to show strength as a team and the team going out there on Saturday has to have a belief they can win.
“I don’t feel let down by the players. I will never say that because I am the manager of this team and I will take full responsibility. We win together and we lose together and I will take responsibility.
“Do I worry about not getting results? Yes, because that is the business we are in but I want to stress we are three points from being in the top half. We have to look at the reality of the situation, but I am hurting. I know this result puts more pressure on me and that is something I have to accept and I have to cope with. My only priority is winning a football match on Saturday against Hull. These are the pressures that come with the job and the only way you alleviate those is by winning games and we have to start to get back to winning ways.”
Hughton is adamant he can rebuild fragile confidence in his squad ahead of Hull’s visit despite another surrender on the road against the Cottagers.
“I don’t think it was a case of heads dropping because we were spirited in periods of the game,” he said. “We are making poor mistakes. Certainly the first two goals could have been avoided. I don’t think it is a question of heads dropping. We are just not defending well enough.”