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'THEY WERE BETTER' - HUGHTON

29 March 2014

Manager admits his side were well beaten by Swansea

CHRIS Hughton admitted his Norwich City team were second best as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A brace from Jonathan de Guzman and Wayne Routledge’s second-half strike secured three merited points for the hosts.

“It was incredibly disappointing. We went into the game with a good feel from last weekend, and a good performance last weekend,” said Hughton after the game.

“When you come here, against a good Swansea side who keep the ball very well, you have to keep the ball well yourself, and that was the plan going into the game.

“Apart from a spirited spell early in the second half though, where we had the real good chance through Robert Snodgrass, we were up against a team that were better than us on the day.”

City’s manager had no regrets about sticking with the same attacking formation that bore fruit against Sunderland at Carrow Road last weekend.

“I wanted to come here with a positive team that had two up front who gave us on outlet,” he added.

“In Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) and Johan (Elmander) we have runners, and I wanted to have Wes (Hoolahan) in a narrower role because he’s one that can get the ball and create things.

“We have to make sure we defend better than we did today, though, and they showed that once they got into the final third, they had the quality and the sharpness to cause us problems.”

“I thought they looked brighter and sharper than us on the ball and we consequently conceded poor goals.”

On Joseph Yobo’s absence, Hughton commented: “He felt his calf on Friday, but it was very slight and we’re hopeful that he’ll be ready for next week.”

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