Norwich City: 6 Things We Learned from Liverpool Nightmare
It would be easy to gloss over the 5-2 defeat to Liverpool and move on to the next game. But I feel a duty to analyze some things from the game and try and work out where we go from here. Like many Norwich fans, I am now concerned for the future of Chris Hughton and the club.
Nevertheless, there is time to turn things around, but things need to change swiftly.
Should We Risk Playing Michael Turner Again?
I don't mean to get on the back of a player that has only been at the club two minutes. But I have serious concerns about his Premier League pedigree. Clearly, at one stage, he was a quality central defender at this level.
Mistakes are costly and the facts aren't too clever on Turner this season; he started against Fulham and Liverpool, both times the side conceded five goals. And he played Demba Ba onside within minutes of coming on against Newcastle United, resulting in the only goal of the game.
Is It Time to Mix Up the Midfield?
I have nothing against any of our midfield players, but certain individuals have been used more than others.
Alexander Tettey, Jacob Butterfield, David Fox, Elliott Bennett, Wes Hoolahan and Simon Lappin are all fit and available, but Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Surman, Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson have been the preferred choices.
This tells us that there are plenty of ways we can change and after the latest defeat it is surely time. There are also other options we can consider like using Chris Martin in midfield, or Simeon Jackson on the wing.
Furthermore, there is the option of playing with wing backs.
Did Chris Hughton Get His Team Selection Right?
Clearly, the injuries to Anthony Pilkington, Sebastien Bassong and Harry Kane didn't help Hughton. But I still feel there were a number of players that should have been in the starting line-up, most notably Tettey, Hoolahan and Holt.
The Withdrawal of Simeon Jackson
Jackson was again the one bright spark for Norwich in the first half.
Hughton was right to bring Holt on, but not at the expense of our best player.
It seems the manager likes to use Jackson, but only for short spells. This is a great shame, because he deserves 90 minutes.
At Least, Holt, Morison Are off the Mark
Norwich have struggled to score goals this season and this was the first league game that they have scored twice. This was also the occasion of Morison's and Holt's first goals of the season.
This was the one and only positive to take from a dire Norwich performance.
How Much Time Does Chris Hughton Get?
I'm not one for putting any manager under pressure, but we have to decide what is acceptable and what isn't. This season was always going to be very difficult, but we do need to make sure we stay in the Premier League, so Hughton can't just be given an unlimited amount of time.
Norwich City are now in the relegation zone with the worst goal difference, they are without a win in six games and have conceded five goals on two occasions this season. Clearly, it will be hard to get anything from Chelsea or Arsenal.