Hughton laments Canaries defence after Anfield annihilation

Chris Hughton

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has criticised his defenders, after revealing his belief that more could've been done to stop the impressive Luis Suarez.

Many would regard Luis Suarez's performance against Norwich in midweek as being irrepressible and of the highest order, a clear 10/10.

However, whilst Norwich boss Chris Hughton has acknowledgement the tremendous talent of the Uruguayan finisher, he believes his defence could've done more to prevent Suarez's blockbuster performance.

Liverpool enjoyed a 5-1 annihilation of the Canaries at Anfield on Wednesday night, with Luis Suarez scoring four and claiming the assist for the fifth goal. Bradley Johnson pulled back a consolation goal in the 88th minute for the visitors.

But whilst Hughton has joined the media adulation of Suarez's talents, he has been more reserved, instead criticising his side's defensive efforts and failure to prevent Suarez from racking up his tally.

Suarez clearly enjoys playing against Norwich, with eleven goals in his last five games against the Norfolk side, as an emphatic display ensured that Liverpool went into this weekend's fixtures in 4th spot.

Speaking after the defeat an Anfield, Hughton said: 

“I’m more disappointed in the fact we afforded him [Suarez] too much space and time, we gave him the opportunities that he gratefully took and for someone of his ability he will certainly take them."

“The overriding feeling is that we could have done more to stop him having the day he has. Having said that you look at the first goal there aren’t many players who can do that, he can.”

Norwich City are currently 16th in the Barclays Premier League, just four points above the relegation zone.

Hughton's Canaries travel to Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion this weekend, who sit in 13th place with just one point more than Norwich from the fourteen games so far this season for both sides.

Whilst Suarez's opener was right out of the top drawer, Hughton couldn't hide his frustration with Suarez's 2nd - a simple header from a Philippe Coutinho corner.

"It’s about how you set your team up, players have responsibilities from set plays and you have to hope they’re resilient enough and have enough responsibility and discipline to stay with men," Hughton claimed.

“At that stage that is the one that probably really hurt us because I think most people will look at the first, and it’s one that will continue to be shown, most people will see it as not bad defensive play but brilliant play from Suarez.”

Norwich now have the second worst goal difference in the Premier League, with -16. Only Sunderland's -17 is worse in the entire top flight.

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