22:30 4th December 2013
by Norwich City Football Club
Hughton disappointed with defending in Liverpool defeat
CHRIS Hughton bemoaned his side’s defending after losing 5-1 to a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The Uruguayan striker scored four, including a sensational 40-yard volley to break the deadlock, but the Canaries’ boss was as critical of the generosity of his side as he was glowing in his praise of Suarez.
“If you give someone like him the freedom to play, then there’s only one outcome,” he said when speaking to canaries.co.uk after the final whistle.
“In five goals – the free-kick was a wonderful free-kick – but there were four other goals that could have been avoided. Four goals that defensively we’ve got to do better on.
“In a first half when I thought we had some decent phases of play, if you concede goals in the manner that we conceded goals then it becomes almost impossible to win.”
Hughton also said after the match that he believes individuals need to cut out errors if his side are to make progress – starting on Saturday with the trip to West Bromwich Albion.
“It’s about individuals and individuals have to defend better. You can get your team into a really good shape but you have to rely on individuals to perform well, and they didn’t tonight,” he added.
“We will work hard and we’ll demand more off everybody. We’ve managed to turn things around on the back of a bad defeat before.”