Hughton: We need points soon
Chris Hughton has demanded an instant response from his Norwich players after a defensive horror show gifted Liverpool their first win.
Having failed to win in any of their previous five games, Liverpool arrived at Carrow Road under pressure, but they made light work of the home side, strolling to a 5-2 win thanks largely to the performance of Luis Suarez. Suarez scored a sublime hat-trick, but his task was made much simpler thanks to some terrible defending from the hosts. Slack Norwich marking made life easy for Suarez in his first and third goals, and Michael Turner gifted the forward his second by dithering on the edge of the box, allowing the former Ajax man to pinch the ball and beat John Ruddy. With Chelsea and Arsenal next up, the Canaries are in serious danger of slipping to the foot of the table, and Hughton, who replaced Paul Lambert as manager this summer, has warned his team they must perform better if they are to get out of the relegation zone. "You obviously are concerned the longer it goes on, but you have to get a response and you have to demand that from the players, irrespective of where the next game is or who it is against," Hughton said. "This season is not over. It's not about six, seven or eight games, it's about a season's worth of games. We need to make sure we are picking up the points and the sooner the better for us."