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Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Chris Hughton has warned his Norwich City players to cut out the basic defensive errors or risk a long Premier League struggle this campaign after a 5-0 opening day hammering at Fulham.
City’s wretched recent run at Craven Cottage continued with Hughton’s first competitive match in charge turning into a torturous afternoon in the sweltering temperatures by the Thames. Hughton will leave the post-mortems until Monday morning after reviewing a video nasty of his side’s defensive charity over the weekend.
Damien Duff got the ball rolling for Martin Jol’s men with a cool finish after the City back four had been caught sleeping and they doubled their lead thanks to a Mladen Petric header before half-time.
The Croatian made it 3-0 early in the second period when his long range effort took a wicked deflection off Michael Turner to leave John Ruddy helpless. But the goal of the afternoon came when a flowing move involving Petric and Moussa Dembele ended with Alex Kacaniklic sliding past Ruddy.
Norwich’s misery was complete in the 85th minute when Michael Turner brought down Hugo Rodallega and substitute Steve Sidwell hammered home the penalty.
“It was an awful day for us. It was tough watching,” he said. “The first game of the season you want to get off to a good start. We knew it was going to be difficult because these are a good side. These days they don’t lose many games here but for there were pivotal moments in the game. I thought for the first 25 minutes, our team shape was quite good even though we weren’t quite as big a threat as I would have liked. We looked solid and resillient in our shape. Goals change games and we conceded two poor goals in that first half period. Four of the goals were for me really avoidable and that is the most disappointing aspect. It is an area we had looked very solid in pre-season. We went with five in midfield. We know it can happen. We know we are playing a really tough league and for me what is more important now is the type of reaction we get.”