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HUGHTON ON BORUSSIA

11 August 2012

Manager reflects on 2-0 defeat

CITY Manager Chris Hughton was disappointed to lose against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday but took the positives in defeat against a tough German outfit.

The Canaries lost 2-0 to goals in each half from the Champions League qualifiers, but created plenty of chances to come away with a result throughout the 90 minutes.

Hughton told Canaries Player after the match: “It was a tough game, but that’s what we wanted. 

“They are a team who finished fourth in their division last season, and we wanted this type of game.

“We’d rather have had this one than one that was a little bit more comfortable.

“It took us a little while to get to grips with their game which was very expansive. I thought certainly in terms chances we had some very good ones. 

“They didn’t create so many chances although their play was very good and they used the pitch well.”

Going into the match City had kept three clean sheets in their previous four pre-season friendlies, however they were unable to keep the Germans at bay in their final test before the opening day away at Fulham.

Hughton added: “I was disappointed with the goals that we conceded because I thought they were very soft. The last one came after we had made a few changes and were going for it a bit.

“There were good things from us and I enjoyed a fair amount of it, but nobody likes to lose games.

“The priority has been to make the squad and team as strong as I can. 

“In the pre-season period we have done well defensively, and haven’t conceded many goals, so that was a disappointment.

“Against the quality that we’re going to be up against it’s difficult to keep clean sheets, but it is an area we will work on. 

“Ultimately it’s about making sure that we’re winning enough games and getting enough points.”

There were several faces missing for the Canaries for the clash with Monchengladbach, including Steven Whittaker, David Fox, and Jacob Butterfield.

“Yes we’re expecting to be without them at Fulham,” said Hughton. “Steven Whittaker will be out for a few weeks, David Fox is now training, as is Jacob Butterfield, but won’t be involved at this stage.

“Elliott Ward has picked up a slight knock, so has Wes Hoolahan, but we’re hoping he will be training by the end of the week.”

The injury to Wes Hoolahan means that after being called up to the Republic of Ireland squad, unfortunately he has been forced to withdraw through injury.

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