Norwich City manager Chris Hughton is disappointed with his teams use of the ball after they lost 1-0 away to Stoke City last Saturday. 

The Canaries needed at least a point to help them step closer to that 40 point mark, but they failed to get going against a Stoke side that was determined to make it six years in the Premier League.

Norwich City couldn't manage a single shot on target and with very few shots off target, and that isn't good enough for a team that has had another good season in the top flight. Charlie Adam got the goal at the start of the second half which was enough to secure all three points for Stoke City.

Chris Hughton told reporters: “We didn’t play enough. We were up against a physical side, we knew that, and probably back to their most direct best as such.

“I thought we coped with it very well in that first half period, but what we needed to do was break off that shape and have opportunities ourselves. 

“We certainly outnumbered them in the middle of the park, but I don’t think we made good enough use of that one. On the occasions when we did break, what we didn’t have was enough quality on the end of it. 

“On given days, we can show quality going forward and in our crossing, but we didn’t show that today.” 

Hughton refused to criticise his players' effort, though, saying they showed the endeavour to make something happen but that it just didn’t click on the day. 

The Norwich City boss added: “You can’t ask any more of the players – they’re certainly working hard enough.

“It wasn’t a lack of wanting to make things happen. We went to 4-4-2 and played Wes in almost a little bit of a free role, and in that last period we played three at the back and pushed Pilkington up on that left-hand side. 

“You have to give credit to Stoke – they defend very well in numbers when they have to but we needed to show more on the ball today.” 

Sebastien Bassong did limp off before full time but Canaries manager Chris Hughton believes it won't have a lasting effect.

“We’ll see with Seb. I think he perhaps could have continued, but we’ll see how he is over the next couple of days and find out whether he’ll be fit for next week. 

On the season’s climax, Hughton finished by saying: “We need to make sure that in the next three games we get the points so we don’t have to worry about the points around us.” 

Norwich City have a home game this Saturday against their former boss Paul Lambert's Aston Villa, that will be a very interesting game which both clubs need to win, and it'll be Lambert's first game back at the club which he guided back to back promotions back to the top flight.

The Canaries need all three points to get them past the 40 point mark, and then they have a home game against West Bromwich before the last day of the season away to Manchester City.

 

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