December 11 2013 Latest news:
By Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Disappointed Norwich boss Chris Hughton felt the Canaries’ 2-0 friendly defeat to Champions League hopefuls Borussia Monchengladbach today at Carrow Road was self-inflicted.
Igor De Camargo and Branimir Hrgota punished slack defending in either half for the slick visitors on a sun-kissed afternoon in Norfolk that wrapped up City’s pre-season programme.
Hughton insisted afterwards his squad will only benefit from mixing it with one of Germany’s top clubs ahead of next week’s Premier League opener at Fulham.
“That was a tough test – but we knew it would be,” he said. “They showed some real quality at times and when you looked at them, you could see why they finished fourth. But we knew that – and I would much rather have played against that type of opposition than a more comfortable game.
“The area that disappointed me was that I thought we conceded two relatively soft goals. The second one we could possibly put it down towards the end of the game and we were pushing a little bit – and we’d made a couple of substitutions and you lose your shape a little bit.”