Norwich boss Chris Hughton was left to rue his side's failure to hold onto their lead against Chelsea after going down 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.
The Canaries threatened a shock win when Grant Holt fired the visitors in front, but Chelsea roared back thanks to goals from Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic.
Hughton felt if his side had held onto Holt's advantage for longer than just three minutes they could have got a foothold in the game.
"It is a tough ask [to get a result] and I think on back of a poor result from us," said Hughton.
"But you look for a reaction and we certainly got that at the start of the game and we were really delighted to have gone 1-0 up, but we needed to hold onto that lead for longer.
"The first goal was a disappointing one; we could have dealt with it better.
"Torres ends up getting a free header in the box and it is something we have got to deal with better, particularly at that stage - get longer into the game to get a little bit of a foothold ourselves to get something out of it.
"It was always going to be a tough ask coming here and getting a result with the players they have got and the form they are in, but we needed to hold onto that lead for longer."