Chris Hughton admits he is hurting after opening his Norwich reign with a crushing 5-0 defeat by Fulham.
The Canaries appeared out of their depth as the Cottagers bossed the game from start to finish, and the deficit may have been higher but for a string of saves from goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Damien Duff opened the scoring before debutant Mladen Petric scored twice either side of half-time, with Alex Kacaniklic and Steve Sidwell completing Norwich's misery.
With the visitors two goals down at the break, Hughton went for broke with his substitutions, a tactic which subsequently worked in Fulham's favour.
However, Hughton insists he had to try and salvage something from the game, which always carries an element of risk.
"It hurt us going in two goals down but we gave away two poor goals in that first half, but consequently we had to make changes to try and get back into the game," he told Sky Sports.
"There's always a risk in that because you lose your shape a little bit. It means you open yourself up a little bit in trying to get back into the game.
"They certainly are too good a side for us to do that against and they really benefited from that today."