Sebastien Bassong left ruing Norwich City’s West Ham nightmare
15:36 12 February 2014
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Sebastien Bassong admitted he left West Ham hoping he was about to wake up from Norwich City’s nightmare.
For successive away games, the Canaries’ conspired to miss a host of wonderful chances – only to be undone at the other end to hand Premier League relegation rivals three points and leave City’s own survival chances heavily questioned.
“I feel like I’m dreaming or it’s a nightmare,” said Bassong. “I don’t even know how we could have lost this game. Maybe I’m going to wake up and I’ll be on the pitch and it’s still 0-0, and we win the game. But the reality is we lost it.
“In football the basic thing is to put the ball in the net. If we do that, we’ve got a chance to win the game. But when it’s still 0-0 and we don’t score, no matter how good we are on the pitch there is still a chance for us to concede. That’s what happened, and it’s what’s happened most of the season.”
City’s inability to take chances – whoever it is they fall to – could prove terminal unless Chris Hughton’s squad finds an answer.
“As a team we do spend a lot of time on our finishing,” said Bassong. “But obviously it’s not working on the pitch. I don’t know. I can’t say this was one of those days because it’s been that too often this season. It’s just facing the truth.
“We didn’t defend the whole game. They play pretty direct, but for most of the game we handled them pretty easily.
“On the first goal we switched off a bit and John (Ruddy) came out late. They are small details of the game.
“But I can’t blame the team defensively. I think we did the work – but we didn’t score.”