18:00 19th October 2013
by Norwich City Football Club
Hughton reflects on 4-1 defeat at the Emirates
CHRIS Hughton says his Norwich City side were punished for chasing the game following their 4-1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.
City’s manager introduced Nathan Redmond and Wes Hoolahan soon after Jonny Howson had halved the Canaries’ two-goal deficit, but his side were picked off with further goals from Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil to ensure City slipped to their second defeat on the spin.
Hughton admits it’s the risk you have to take when trying to force the issue.
“When you’ve got a lot of ball and when you’re in the ascendency, that’s when you can be hurt,” said Hughton when speaking after the final whistle.
“We changed the shape a little bit to endeavour to get the ball higher up, but with the quality they’ve got they can hurt you, and they did.
“We had some really good passages, and then we’ve conceded a poor goal at a pivotal time in the second half.”
Hughton also pointed to the quality in Arsenal’s ranks, especially indicated during the play that led up to Jack Wilshere’s opening goal for Arsene Wenger’s side.
“If you look at their first goal, there aren’t that many teams that can score that kind of goal,” he added.
“They caught us on the counter-attack for the second goal, and Ramsey’s goal was great quality from him, but we had opportunities to clear it.
“What was most disappointing was that at 2-1, when I felt we might have an opportunity, we didn’t make the most of it.”
Ricky van Wolfswinkel was absent from the match-day squad, but the Canaries’ boss is hoping that the injury, which the Club’s record-signing was carrying in the previous game against Chelsea, isn’t too serious.
“We’re hoping Ricky’s not too bad,” explained Hughton.
“He’s rested it for a period, and we were hoping he was going to be ready today. He wasn’t, so now we need to make sure he’s ready for next week.”