Norwich boss Hughton wants defensive improvement after heavy Fulham defeat

The Canaries' new manager feels that there were some positives to take but admits that his side deserved their 5-0 thumping at Craven Cottage on the Premier League's opening day
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton wants to see an improvement in defence after admitting that his side deserved their 5-0 defeat by Fulham.

The Cottagers put their Norfolk opponents to the sword on the Premier League's opening day, with Mladen Petric bagging a double, though the new Canaries boss felt that his men had started the match well enough.

He opined to BBC Sport after the match: "We held our own in the first 25 minutes but the first two goals were poor to concede.

"You can't put in a performance like we did against a team like Fulham and come away with anything other than defeat.

"The two goals hurt us in that first-half period. That changes things.

"You come out [in the] second half and you have to open up a bit more and we changed the shape [bringing Steve Morison on as a second centre-forward] to try to get back in the game but we came up against a very good Fulham team.

"Defensively we were not good enough and we need to get back to basics and look to make amends next week [against QPR].

"When we keep our shape and do the good things like we did in that first 25 minutes then we give ourselves a chance," Hughton continued.

"It is the first day of a new season and we've got to pick everybody up and look for the positives and make sure that result and performance gives everyone the kick that will push us on.

"It was a poor performance. I don't have to tell the players again and again. They know that."