Manager reacts to Boxing Day defeatCHRIS Hughton says his team’s failure to produce goalscoring opportunities led to their downfall in their 2-1 loss to Fulham on Boxing Day.
The Canaries went ahead in the match through Gary Hooper, but Fulham struck back in the first half and stole the three points late on when former City loanee Scott Parker fired home from distance.
Hughton was disappointed with his team’s lack of success in the final third, even if they weren’t lacking in effort.
“The endeavour was there – I don’t think anybody could accuse the team of not trying to win the football match, but we just didn’t create enough clear-cut chances for ourselves,” he said.
“We didn’t start great. We caused a few of our own problems in the early part of that game, but then we got into some rhythm and got the early goal.
“We had another couple of very good chances through Hooper and Johan Elmander, but then we conceded a really poor goal.
“That allowed Fulham to go in at half-time lifted. It became a little bit of an open game in that second half, but on the balance of play and amount of crosses we got into the box, we needed to get more from the game.”
City now face a quick turnaround with David Moyes’ Manchester United visiting on Saturday, and Hughton will be without Michael Turner for that clash after the defender picked up his fifth booking of the season.
“It’s part and parcel of the game. When somebody is on four bookings, you know it’s something that can happen but it’s something we’ll have to cope with,” he added.
“We know the magnitude of the job on Saturday and how good a team Manchester United are, but it’s my responsibility to make sure these lads are focussed.
“There won’t be any lads who won’t want to play in that game, and we need to make sure that we give it the best that we can.”