Chris Hughton cut a frustrated figure after watching Norwich City fail to score for the third time this season as Aston Villa recorded a 1-0 win.
Norwich missed a first-half penalty and a host of other chances in Saturday's match at Carrow Road as they fell to their first home league defeat since Villa last visited in May.
Hughton chose to start Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander in attack, and also introduced close-season signing Gary Hooper in the second half, but the hosts were unable to find a way past Brad Guzan.
Robert Snodgrass' penalty miss in the sixth minute set the tone for a frustrating day in front of goal for Norwich, who found the American goalkeeper in inspired form.
"I thought on the balance of play we created good chances," he said. "I don’t think it's a result that reflects our performance.
"What we didn't have is that bit of quality, that bit fortune, that bit of guile that was going to get us the goal I thought we deserve.
"That’s the frustrating part, it's not down to endeavour or enough in the final third, we've done that, we didn’t have enough quality or fortune in front of goal.
"It's difficult to take because we created chances and got in as many crosses as we have for some time, add to that the penalty as well.
"When you have that amount of ball in the final third, you want to get more out of it. We're bitterly disappointed to have lost.
"Our strikers are reliant on service. Ricky had some opportunities today, but it wasn't his day".
The defeat leaves Norwich with four points from their opening five matches, with a trip to Stoke City up next in the Premier League.
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