Chris Hughton: 'Norwich City showed lack of quality'

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton admits that his side had a "lack of quality" in their defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Chris Hughton has said that Norwich City showed "a lack of quality" during their defeat to West Bromwich Albion this afternoon.

A first-half goal from Morgan Amalfitano gave the Baggies all three points on their visit to Carrow Road.

The manager told BBC Sport: "We didn't show enough quality, conceded a poor goal and they sat deep. We needed to use the ball better and we were too loose with our passing. It was not a lack of desire or endeavour but there was a lack of quality.

"It was a soft goal to concede and it gave them a lift and put a little bit more pressure on us. We didn't have enough good moments and we have not really made Ben Foster work hard enough.

"We have taken a step backwards and we have to turn it around against Fulham next week. Losing today makes it an even bigger game. It was an opportunity to get a gap between us and the bottom three and we are now fighting for our lives. I can understand the fans' anxiety and frustration, they don't want to see their team in this position."

The result leaves Norwich just one place above the Premier League relegation zone, while West Brom jumped to 16th.

Goal scorer Morgan Amalfitano of West Bromwich Albion celebrates with Steven Reid during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion at Carrow Road on April 05, 2014
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