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Sebastien Bassong admits Norwich City were not good enough to carry out their Swansea plan

Sebastien Bassong gets to grips with Wilfried Bony at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sebastien Bassong gets to grips with Wilfried Bony at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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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.”

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  • Bassong uses the word " great " to describe Citys home form. Not a word I would use but if used in comparison to Citys constant abject surrender away from home ,the " great " could be used. He does not seem to understand that if a team ,of which he is captain, cannot do the simple things of the game. Such as passing it to a player wearing the same coloured shirt and not making the same basic errors, then there is no hope. Of course to have some fight and determination would be a big bonus. Bassong is part of a very,very poor team which is managed by a similar manager.

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    norman hall

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • There sure are a lot of mentally diminished people around these parts... They seem to be led by someone going by the name "Stew"....

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    jaemae2 .

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Really? That's big of you Seb. And we were all sat there thinking that we were just plain unlucky AGAIN!

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    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • plan WHAT plan

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    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Two words Bassong on behalf of the travelling fans... You can guess them..

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    Robin Sydney

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • I went to the Swansea game and cat understand how we were so poor after the Sunderland game. Let's put this behind us and do the business against West Brom. If we beat the Baggies and get a point at Fulham, we can start to relax and play with confidence in our last 4 games.

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    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • .......Sorry Seb!... Norwich City have problems, and mainly in defence!...If your manager had them sorted we would Not be in the dire situation that we now find ourselves!...You were appointed to lead the team on the may not have wanted that responsibility...and it appears from the touch lines that you are not gifted to do what is required!...It is difficult to name ANYONE amongst the present squad who is capable of taking on that mantel...You have to come to terms that Norwich City is NOT for you, and should consider a move in the summer...many of your present colleagues will be doing just that!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

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