NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton was left feeling frustrated after seeing his side edged out 1-0 by Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.
The Canaries played well at the Sports Direct Arena, but were unable to take their chances as Demba Ba’s first half strike ensured the Magpies took all three points on Hughton’s return to his former club.
City had opportunities to score through Wes Hoolahan, Robert Snodgrass, and Andrew Surman, but none were able to make that crucial breakthrough during the 90 minutes as the match ended in a repeat of last season’s 1-0 score line.
Hughton told Canaries.co.uk afterwards: “It’s a little bit difficult to speak about the same things that I have done in recent weeks, but to come here to this stadium and get something is always a tall order.
“Of the two sides, I thought we looked solid enough, didn’t look like conceding, and I’m disappointed with the goal that we did concede because it was a classic Newcastle goal and we were aware of the quality they had from the two front runners.
“I thought we worked hard, got back in the game, and arguably the best chance of the match would have been Andrew Surman’s in the second half, and that would have given us as the away team, nothing less than what we deserved.”
The hosts were also awarded a penalty in the first half when Steve Morison was adjuged to have fouled Mike Williamson inside the box. Striker Papiss Cisse stepped up to take the kick, but blazed it over the bar.
Hughton’s men responded well though, but like their previous league games, the performance wasn’t rewarded with a first Premier League victory.
“I can’t fault the lads’ attitude in coming back from the goal,” said Hughton. “Particularly here, but it’s just frustrating that we haven’t shown enough quality, fortune, luck, or whatever in that final third.
“One thing I have to demand that we get is to still be getting into those areas. We still need to be creating chances. We probably didn’t create as many today, but we were away from home.
“If I look in recent weeks, then creating chances hasn’t been a problem. It’s just a matter of being a little bit more clinical and getting that bit of fortune, and you hope that when it comes the confidence builds and you can move forward.”
“At this moment there are a lot of things right. The endeavour from the players, the fact that we’re getting on the ball and having good possession, all of that’s right. We’re a solid team and we don’t look like conceding, it’s just about getting the right formula that will score us goals and win us football matches.”