Norwich City’s fans are being short-changed admits Chris Hughton
10:01 16 January 2014
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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton admits the club’s fans deserve better than the Canaries’ wretched recent form.
More than 1,400 were in attendance for the midweek FA Cup third round replay defeat at Fulham which extended City’s winless run to eight matches and Hughton’s men can expect sizeable backing again at Carrow Road for Hull City’s crunch Premier League visit.
“We had a support who travelled a long way again just like at Everton and who saw a team that was not good enough,” he said. “It was a massive disappointment to go out of the cup and the only thing on my mind was that feeling of disappointment. Now we have a huge game at the weekend and all my thoughts are on planning for that one. It is a tough period. I wouldn’t say it is my toughest since coming here. You have to remember we finished in 11th place last season but with three games to go we were one of seven or eight teams who could have gone down.
“We have had tough periods and you have to come out of them stronger. We have no choice but to dust ourselves down and get ready for Hull.”
Hughton is bearing the brunt of the fans’ anger but the City manager refuses to single out any of his players for blame.
“I wouldn’t put it down to individuals,” he said. “We need to improve at both ends of the pitch. On the balance of the (Fulham) game we played some nice stuff but it has to be more productive than we are showing at the moment. We are conceding poor goals and we don’t look like we can score.
“We could not have started the game more lively. We had one good chance and one half chance in that first period and Fulham probably scored on their first major attack.
“We are getting into good areas of the pitch. Some of our football has been good and we had spells of the game when we had decent control so it wasn’t one-way traffic. I didn’t think Fulham absolutely dominated possession.”