Goals at the end of each half from Pugh and substitute Chris Martin wasn’t enough to prevent a 3-2 loss for Nigel Adkins’ side at Carrow Road as Emi Buendia’s brace and a further strike from Marco Stiepermann ensured it was the hosts who claimed all three points.
“On another day, we maybe could’ve nicked something but I think the better team won,” said Pugh.
“They created much more than we did and were a real threat throughout the 90 minutes.
“We conceded some cheap goals and if you do that you’re always giving yourself an uphill task, especially against a team as good as Norwich.
“The most frustrating thing was that we didn’t make them work hard enough to get their goals.
“Defensively as a team we weren’t good enough. We need to be better and I don’t just mean the defence. The strikers and midfielders have to start the defending from the front. It’s down to us all.
“It was a shame because when we had the ball we looked really threatening and we had some good phases of play against what was a really good Norwich side.”
The defeat was a fifth successive away loss for the Tigers, which is in stark contrast to their impressive home form which sees them unbeaten in the last nine games at the KCOM Stadium – a run of results that includes seven wins.
“I don’t know if it’s a mentality thing away from home, but it shouldn’t be because it’s a football pitch at the end of the day,” added Pugh. “We need to improve our away form and we know that.
“We can’t be too downhearted though. The lads have stuck together through thick and thin this season and that will continue to be the case over the next nine games. We’re still only six points off the play-offs.
“Our home form has been brilliant of late and we’re just looking forward to being back at the KCOM against QPR on Saturday.
“We’ve shown we can bounce back before after winning back-to-back games following the defeat at Brentford last month. We just need to regroup and go again.”