Sebastien Bassong admits Norwich City were not good enough to carry out their Swansea plan
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There is probably only one player that can step up for the post-match interviews after another demoralising away day for Norwich City, and that’s the captain. So there was Sebastien Bassong – tasked with explaining away more road woes.
A lot of fans would prefer successful actions over words. Judging by his answers and body language, so would Bassong.
“I think it’s not only the fans who are wondering why is it so difficult for us away from home – that’s something we’ve been wondering for a little while ourselves,” he lamented.
“We’re trying to do something about it but obviously it’s not working. And I think we tried to find another manner to cope away from home because we can’t be this much inconsistent; being great at home and when we are away, being that bad – I think that for me, that’s not a good enough overall performance.
“So if we want to be better, that’s what it takes. We’ve got to be able to win games away from home and to show more quality. That’s it.”
One thing Bassong was not willing to hide was just how poor the Canaries were against Swansea – somewhere that has only been a successful hunting ground in recent seasons. Indeed, Saturday was the Welshmen’s first Premier League win over Norwich.
“Overall yes, I think that’s one of our worst performances, especially away from home for this season, yes,” added Bassong. “What can I say? We didn’t get close enough at all in the game. We didn’t keep the ball enough to be able to get the result. I know we were away and came here with a lot of expectation, and we wanted to do something really good. But I think we were lacking the quality today to win against this type of team.”
That last point is worth lingering on, given City’s entire plan to play with two strikers at a side so useful with the ball was based on being able to keep possession themselves.
Norwich got nowhere near looking like they could pull that off – which led to defeat, frustration and bickering on the pitch.
“That’s something that happens when a team is losing,” added Bassong. “Everyone wants the team to do well and everyone has got a different opinion on a situation, be it during the game, a goal. Everyone shows their emotions differently.
“We’ve just got to push it in the same direction, all of us, and I know I was expecting it. You can’t just lose a no one says anything. So that’s something that happens but it’s got to be put behind us real quick.
“The gaffer has got to say something if he wants, but personally (as captain) I’m not going to say a lot straight after a game because you’re still under pressure, you’ve still got all the emotions, and you can say things that you don’t even mean.
“So I’m trying to stay as calm as possible, take it on the chin.
“If I really want to say something towards someone, yeah I will say it to them. And then it is just to leave it in the dressing room and then move on.”