Norwich City’s fans are being short-changed admits Chris Hughton

Norwich City's travelling support endured another away day to forget at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's travelling support endured another away day to forget at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, January 16, 2014
10:01 AM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton admits the club’s fans deserve better than the Canaries’ wretched recent form.

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More than 1,400 were in attendance for the midweek FA Cup third round replay defeat at Fulham which extended City’s winless run to eight matches and Hughton’s men can expect sizeable backing again at Carrow Road for Hull City’s crunch Premier League visit.

“We had a support who travelled a long way again just like at Everton and who saw a team that was not good enough,” he said. “It was a massive disappointment to go out of the cup and the only thing on my mind was that feeling of disappointment. Now we have a huge game at the weekend and all my thoughts are on planning for that one. It is a tough period. I wouldn’t say it is my toughest since coming here. You have to remember we finished in 11th place last season but with three games to go we were one of seven or eight teams who could have gone down.

“We have had tough periods and you have to come out of them stronger. We have no choice but to dust ourselves down and get ready for Hull.”

Hughton is bearing the brunt of the fans’ anger but the City manager refuses to single out any of his players for blame.

“I wouldn’t put it down to individuals,” he said. “We need to improve at both ends of the pitch. On the balance of the (Fulham) game we played some nice stuff but it has to be more productive than we are showing at the moment. We are conceding poor goals and we don’t look like we can score.

“We could not have started the game more lively. We had one good chance and one half chance in that first period and Fulham probably scored on their first major attack.

“We are getting into good areas of the pitch. Some of our football has been good and we had spells of the game when we had decent control so it wasn’t one-way traffic. I didn’t think Fulham absolutely dominated possession.”

28 comments

  • Is it true that Bewilderwood may be leaving? Northampton? Hasn`t he set the world on fire there before? My guess would`ve been Wigan, this then catalysing Holty`s rapid escape to Villa.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Norwich just never look like scoring even when we play 'well'. We don't open teams up, there's no pace or urgency going forward and our strikers receive no way near enough support to provide a real threat. Why he insists playing Snodgrass on the right when Redmond is far more dangerous I can only imagine is for 'defensive' reasons. Pathetic. Just like the 'we played two strikers against Everton to stop them playing from the back'. Have you ever heard of a defensive reason for using two strikers? I honestly think he is deluded.

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    Drossel

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • How perceptive

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Drossel, trouble with the theory that Snodgrass is there for `defensive reasons` doesn`t really stand up, because when Snods loses the ball he either falls over or moans at the ref\team mates instead of tracking back. He didn`t use to be like that - he needs to get his mind right. But will Hoots ever `rest` him? Waclor, are you referrring to North Walsham FC or RFC? Or the Cat Pottery? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Does Calderwood need a lift? - just give me 5 mins notice and I can take him, room for PT in the car as well

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    malmocanary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • To say that Fulham did not dominate possession, what game was this man watching or maybe the sun was shining into his eyes. Come on Chris, be honest, the City midfield was non existent and completely over run and barely had a chance to create anything and when they had the ball how many times did it go sideways or back? Better football pundits on Sloughbottom

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • As he hasn't a clue about forwards let's hope he understands what a foreword is!

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    la barbe

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • How perceptive

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Therefore, it will be a very thick book.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Dont blame you chap. Like I said Spurs away was my lots last until Hughton is removed, unless the game involves a good night out like we planning when meet friends for the Villa Game. Simply not worth are hard work, effort, money. Got a family to provide for. Buying a ticket does not give you a devine right to win but in buying a ticket we require effort, passion, belief. Wouldnt be so bad if it was the odd occassion but its regularly We get nothing more often than not from our team and management away from home.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • It is rather depressing that it is now 8 am on Thursday and C Hughton and his entourage are still in the employ of NCFC. However, whichever way you look at it they are on borrowed time. Every defeat or winnable draw hastes their departure. Whether that be after Hull or the end of the season or in between it is surely a mater of time. Even if he keeps his employment until the end of the season and we avoid relegation the Board will surely look to replace our ill fated manager with someone with the vision and pedigree to take this club forward.

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    Bohnhof

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Simply hopeless playing Snodgrass on the right wing. He can't cross the ball and every time tries to cut inside and get it onto his left foot and inevitably runs into traffic and loses possession or then has no passing options. This has been going on all season and is just one of the many baffling "tactics" Hughton employs. He never seems to have twigged the problem even after 21 games! So we always play without width.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Get used to it Bonhof. He will still be there at 3.00 Saturday afternoon, and at 6.00 after we have beaten Hull. Now if Calderwood goes to Northampton, we may get someone who knows how to coach offensive football.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I have an idea for CH and the Players of NCFC who are 'Short Changing' Us the Fans....how about you all club together and pay for us to watch a game. That way you may realise how bad some of the performances have been over the season. OTBC....CH OUT

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    CanarySid

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Wish the Pinkun would improve their IT this must be the slowest link I have ever used.

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    goldie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • It must be North Walsham who are looking at Calderwood not Northampton.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Oh sorry Chris, just a little clue mate, we play in yellow!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • All this is said with a straight face! The only person who could tell this joke better was the late great Tommy Cooper! Jest like that!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • If we've been short-changed can we have our money back please? It would amount to a tidy sum for the season so far.

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    la barbe

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Why do people assume if Calderwood leaves we would automatically appoint a defence minded coach. No1 with Hughtons place at the club in doubt I dont believe the club would allow him to appoint anyone alse. They did that with Roeder and then had to pay the bloke off a month later. No2 (sadly) Hughton is the manager of this club. He firmly believe his methods in tactics is the way forward and as he keeps saying "I believe this is the best way to achieve the result we set out for". Even if the club forced him to have this magically "attacking coach" (which we've never specifically had in the past) people talk of why does anyone believe Hughton would change his beliefs. Hes not going to go "hey, shooting....thats a really good idea, lets try that". Doesn't work like that and its simplistic to imagine that will solve all our problems. Paul Lambert had no problem attacking and creating chances but as a player he was a defensive midfielder & his assistance was a defender & his head of football operations wasnt even a player. Not as easy as appointing an attacking coach and suddenly the quality attackers we've got suddenly score.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Train travel, match ticket, and food and drink equated to close to £150. I can't believe I put myself to that expense for 90 or so minutes of misery. All polished off with a good soaking whilst walking to tube station after match. No more away days for me this season.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • As long as he insists on playing Snodgrass we will never have any attacking threat. Even it he gets a chance to cross a ball, it will be of no use to RVW or Hopper both of whom need the ball into feet. I have been sitting on the fence re Houghton all season. I'm afraid that if he doesn't get a result on Saturday then he has to go.

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    Dave T

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • All this is said with a straight face! The only person who could tell this joke better was the late great Tommy Cooper! Jest like that!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • All this is said with a straight face! The only person who could tell this joke better was the late great Tommy Cooper! Jest like that!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Reason we never score when we have the ball is usually because its either a# landed at Bradley Johnsons feet who despite usually being under no pressure can only ping a ball out of play to Delia in the directors box, b# we have no technical player as a link between defence & midfield....a Carrick, Leon Britton, Medal, etc....all teams have one who comes deep to collect the ball to prevent long hoofed balls which brings me to c# more often than not we panic through lack of real options to the back line and hoof the ball up top where we dont have Hughtons usual target man. Hoots tactics have worked at past clubs (although not easy on the eye) because he purchased or already had a big strong target man. A real target man, someone who isn't expected to score 20 goals a season or could pose as a model. An were not talking Holt here, were talking a real target man. You could say d# we dont create real chances for our strikers but Hughtons not gonna change his logic or beliefs so forget that ever happening.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Nice for the headline to be right. Players lack of effort is disgusting, Can't believe hardworking fans can waste their money on travelling to watch so much tripe. They must need a life.

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    goldie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • After he`s gone, Hoots could make some dosh by writing "A Football Managers` Concise Dictionary of Defeatist & Platitudinous Jargonics". Foreword(s) by Paddy Davitt. The only book written where the forewords are triple the bulk of the core content.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • As he hasn't a clue about forwards let's hope he understands what a foreword is!

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    la barbe

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

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