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Hughton bemoans 'poor goals'

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was disappointed to see 'poor goals' leave him empty-handed after a home date with Aston Villa.

Last Updated: 04/05/13 at 18:44 Post Comment

The Canaries headed into the weekend knowing that it was imperative to take something from a meeting with a fellow Premier League struggler.

In the end, they came up short and are now just three points clear of the drop zone with two games to play - and with 18th-placed Wigan Athletic holding a game in hand on all of those above them.

Hughton was disappointed to see his side suffer a fourth setback in six outings on Saturday, but concedes that they only have themselves to blame for their struggles.

He told Sky Sports: "It's disappointing and frustrating because it's not a game that we should have lost, it's not a game that we deserved to lose.

"I thought we were very good in that first-half period, but you know what you are getting with Villa - they have got a lot of pace in their attacks, in their counter.

"We have conceded two poor goals today. It's very difficult when you do that, it means you have got to score three goals at home.

"I thought the performance was good, we didn't have the cutting edge when we needed to. At 1-1 we are back in the game, the ascendancy is with us and we have to make sure at that stage that you don't lose the game."

He added on a tie which saw Gabriel Agbonlahor net twice either side of a successful spot-kick from Grant Holt: "I think we have conceded poor goals. They have caught us on the counter-attack and they have got pace in Agbonlahor.

"With the type of pace that he has got, if you give him an opportunity in those positions, to fire at our goal, there is every chance that he's going to hit the target, and he has done on a couple of occasions."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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