Shot-shy Norwich City playing a dangerous game

Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass was on the mark in the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass was on the mark in the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff City. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, February 3, 2014
6:30 AM

Chris Hughton is acutely aware Norwich’s bluntness in front of goal threatens their top flight status.

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The Canaries’ carved out 27 attempts on David Marshall’s goal, but only breached the Bluebirds through Robert Snodgrass’ early close range finish, and were then undone by an early second half home blitz.

“Sometimes you come in at the end of a game and hold your hands up and admit you have not been the better side, you haven’t created enough chances and you haven’t deserved to win. This was not one of those occasions,” said Hughton. “We made our own problems with the goals we conceded but we got the ball into good areas. If we are not scoring the goals we want, then we can’t concede the type we did.

“We played a system with one off the front but on a lot of occasions in that first half we did get plenty of men in support so I don’t think it was a case of not going for it. What stopped us getting those opportunities in the first half was that final pass or that little bit of quality, but at 1-0 at half-time we were absolutely comfortable.”

Norwich tumbled three places down the Premier League on another weekend to underline the fraught nature of the struggle.

“Yes, our position is clearly a cause for concern,” said Hughton. “That is how the division is and how much each game matters.

“We all know here what we are striving to do and that is make sure we are heading in an upward not a downward direction. There was some positives on one level but it hurts because it is not a game we deserved to lose. If we had come here, lost and not played well that is a bigger concern. I don’t think you could fault the attitude of the players. They gave everything they could.”

16 comments

  • Striving hard to find positives Cardiff wont get another luckier 4 points than against us this season. The celebrations when Snodgrass scored showed spirit and togetherness exists. The hurt at the end also showed it matters to the players. But we need more goals and the Hughton way wont give us that. Records show that teams with a goal difference no worse than minus 15 survive. At this stage it is a more reliable pointer than guessing points needed. The teams presently in trouble are therefore NCFC (-18) C Pal (-18) Cardiff (-22) and Fulham who are way off course with -31. So 3 - 0 next game and we are back on course. Easy!

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • We should have won both games against Cardiff this season. Two inspired performances by Marshall have cost us 5 points. Literally, if he had not been in such good form we would be on 29 points today! Amazing margins this season that will likely cost us come the end of the season. Everyone keeps saying our last 4 games are not winnable, but Fulham are the team we play before that and we just don't seem to be able to ever beat them. A simple look at the fixture list shows that, under Hughton, we won't pick up more that 10 points I believe. A change should have been made weeks ago and I think (hope) the board would realise this now. Only an impact manager will save us now. My choice would be Zola or Lennon. The change needs to be before the Man City game as we are unlikely to get anything from that one. Act NOW please board. You must realise that it is the ONLY option otherwise championship football here we come.

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    PAG

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Cardiff were bottom of the league, devoid of confidence in the early exchanges and there for the taking. Chris Hughton is useless. Until he goes we'll simply get these same results week after week. You can write articles until you're blue in the face, but at the end of the day the one change which will keep us in this division is dropping the manager and his backroom staff. And that isn't looking likely.

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    Powers1902

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • No ambition from the board at all! Merely wanting to survive... This was inevitable. It's easy to say but hughton should have gone in November. At least if we go down, we will be debt free so have the money to balance the books... But this season has been a shambles, at board level, management and players as well... Reshuffle needed in the summer!

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    ncfcchristof

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • The players performed well at Cardiff but the great half time talk from Houghton sent them to sleep for the first few minutes of the second half in Houghton's terminology '' that second period'' I think this is understandable as every time I here him interviewed I too want to sleep.

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    Harry

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • The key phrase, as it has been in virtually every post match interview this season, is '...that final pass or that little bit of quality'. The lack of any quality in midfield has been evident all season. No point in signing multi-million pound strikers without also investing in the type of player who can cross a ball, or central midfielders who can thread a ball through a defence.

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    Ian Carter

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Nice one, Ghanawintheleague! It was too good to be an accident. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • How is 27 attempts considered to be shot-shy?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Ghanawintheleague, I was picked up for using the word `trashing` yesterday (and it was intentional!). I think your use of `humping` is far more worthy of recognition!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • CH is still in a job, and being 2 points above the relegation zone after losing to the bottom team is clearly acceptable to the board. No doubt a humping from Citeh this weekend will also be expected, and accepted. We shouldn't be surprised - McNally's 5-year plan for the club (which we all brought into) included one relegation from the PL. We just didn't understand it would come at the end of that period.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • The key phrase, as it has been in virtually every post match interview this season, is '...that final pass or that little bit of quality'. The lack of any quality in midfield has been evident all season. No point in signing multi-million pound strikers without also investing in the type of player who can cross a ball, or central midfielders who can thread a ball through a defence.

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    Ian Carter

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • They should try lacrosse. That`s pretty damn dangerous.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • What frustrates me most is lack of communication from the board. Situation just gradually getting worse and worse and worse and club appears to be OK with that. Deeply depressing. McNally came over as a powerful decisive leader. Not seeing that now.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • 58 shots at goal against ccfc in 2 matches and 1 pt and 1 goal! Against the one and only worse side in the division . All the other sides around us seem to be picking up decent pts , bar Fulham, ( except against us ) so i am beginning to question wheather we actually deserve to be in this league. While the 2 cardiff debacles are probably not hoots' fault most of the rest of the season is, man management and tactics would probably be best served in the lower reaches of the football league but i just hope it is not Ncfc he is still in charge of !!!

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    marcohendy

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Also intentional, MB, and much more descriptive of what happened at the Etihad in November than 'thumping' would've been....

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • not shot shy saturday,just cant score.so why oh why hasn't becchio been given more of a chance?He may not be quick or very mobile but he knows where the goal is!

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    tonyb

    Monday, February 3, 2014

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