Chris Hughton admits the numbers do not add up for Norwich City

Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington cannot bear to watch any longer in Saturday's 7-0 Premier League rout at Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington cannot bear to watch any longer in Saturday's 7-0 Premier League rout at Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
7:15 AM

Chris Hughton accepts Norwich’s eight-point haul from their opening 10 Premier League games is a meagre return.

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The Canaries host West Ham at Carrow Road this weekend stuck in the bottom three after a 7-0 rout at Manchester City that also inflicted a major dent to their goal difference. Norwich play the Hammers, Newcastle and Crystal Palace either side of the upcoming international break and Hughton knows the Canaries’ must target a positive run.

“I don’t sit and analyse where the points can come from,” he said. “Clearly we are not doing as well as I or the players or the fans would hope and expect. Last season we were in a similar situation and we managed to find that one spark and go on a run that can get you up the table very quickly. When we looked at the start of the season of course we wanted to do as well as we could but you know you are going to go through difficult periods when games are tougher than others. Last season we lost some games we shouldn’t have and probably won some we might not have been expected to. This is a tough league and that does not change.”

Hughton is making no attempt to disguise his concern at Norwich’s lowly league status.

“I wouldn’t say too much is being made about where we are because it is the business we are in. Football is a very emotional game. We all want to win, we don’t want to be in this position,” he said. “We can only act on the reality. You certainly have to have broad enough shoulders to cope with criticism and confidence in the team to make improvements to get the results.

“I think the league generally is tighter this season. It feels more tight, more competitive and I have said recently there has been more away wins at this stage than last year. You have a lot of competition at the top end with Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton now fighting and the same applies across the rest of the league.”

Hughton will hope to welcome back some of his injured stars for the Hammers’ visit with Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Nathan Redmond and Robert Snodgrass all pushing for a return after missing the Manchester mauling.

“Robert still had some slight after effects from his concussion and you have to be 100% clear. He wasn’t,” said Hughton. “Nathan wasn’t close to being fit for the (Manchester City) game. He was too sore. Snodgrass will be available this week and we will push Nathan to see if we can get him back as well.”

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  • Malaga flier I agree about the difference in our approach this season even to last season. As the debacle at Man city unfolded I had some neutrals, well not many of us Canaries out here, around me asking what has happened and one summed it up nicely when he commented the team had lost heart and soul. We have suffered at the hands of Man City before but when you look back to the 6-1 defeat at Carrow Road first season back in PL the team played well and had shape etc. That has gone. The good defending and set pieces of last season has gone and a few key individuals have gone. I welcomed CH appointment but now I fear for how we will go forward, starting Saturday. Having invested such a large amount of money I would agree time has to be given, but the battery seems to be running out on the clock. Looks like, in baseball parlance, CH has three strikes and he is out! Take the arm band off Bassong as he has played dreadfully since getting it, I would give it to Howson as he seems to be the one individual keeping his head whilst those around him lose theirs. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

  • Good post 'LittleYellowBirdie', I personally think we have improved our ball skills and don't look half bad sometimes. It seems to be tactics (which on appearance the players aren't buying into) and leadership, both on and off the field. Hopefully after the next three games we will be sitting pretty. All or bust, I'm afraid CH, all or bust!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • You can do what you like with stats. But comparing our situation this season with those at the same time last season misses one important point: the small matter of having spent the thick end of £30 million on players without seeing an iota of improvement. Yes, we have had some hard games. Yes we have had a few injuries. But when you look at our dreadful defending, poor midfield contribitions, lack of any goal threat and general malaise, it is hard to be positive about our upcoming and vital games. I agree we need a captain and leader on the field as well. We also need leadership off the pitch and I see nothing to inspire me there, either. Hughton's body language on the touchline is so depressing to watch and if it is so easily spotted by us fans, you can bet it is being picked up by the players. We need organisation and motivation as a starter. Let's get back to putting ourselves in the opponents faces and pressing rather than surrendering the midfield and being overrun as a consequence. Saturday is assuming huge significance.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • LYB talks some sense. The departure of Holt has left a big hole. What he brought to the team was more than scoring goals - he lifted them when backs were to the wall and also lifted us fans. As I said in an earlier post I don't think Bassong enjoying the responsibility of team captain, having said that I don't think Snodgrass is the right choice, especially after his Villa penalty debacle. Not because it was saved but because of his insistence in taking it when better marksmen were on the pitch i.e. RVW. Howson is a hard working grafter and usually gives his best so is a worthy contender in my view. Also Russell Martin...currently club captain (whatever that is!?) but not team captain..........Why are two captains necessary in any case?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • two goals against Everton, first game of season, and four from the next nine. Whatever the coaches are doing isnt working, isnt it time to change the coaches as it would be in any other business.?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • The numbers do add up... Where X = P + 4 + 5... X = Hughton.

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    HowsonIsNow

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Not unreasonable. I tallied up the points fixture for fixture compared to last season and we're exactly even on last year. That excludes games against newly promoted teams where we've got one point out of two games, but we actually didn't do that well against newly promoted teams last year either overall, so overall I think it's more a question of just having a lot of the top teams in quick succession. Improvement is necessary, and more determination when the chips are down in a game is the most importatnt thing. What we're missing is a strong Captain to resolve that as I think that element went with Holt and Bassong simply isn't up to marshalling the team on the pitch. Giving either Howson or Snodgrass the captain's armband would fix that in my opinion, as both are grafters and have successful experience of being Captains at Leeds.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Wake up and smell the coffee Lobbo and Birdie. We've won 6 games all year and two of those were against teams already on the beach, as Man City demonstrated on Saturday. With an international break coming up it is the perfect time to get rid of Hughton and his incapable cronies.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • I know where you're coming from 'jigs69' but get real, nothing is going to happen at least until after the next game or two. So sit tight and enjoy the ride. re: the coffee, just enjoying a 'Ristretto' from my Nespressso machine, now that is coffee!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • We possible are no worse off against the same teams compared to last season, however after Christmas we really did look the worst team in the league. I for one had just about accepted relegation when we played WBA. We got lucky with two soft games at the end of the season plus Wigan made the mistake of having a great cup run. We had to improve on last year, so spent loads of money, however we seem to have gone backwards. I never expected to beat either of the two Manchester clubs but 11 goals in two game simply is nowhere near good enough. The defense looks a disaster right now, not to mention the non attack. Things have to change and even a director of football together with an attacking coach would be something.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • IT IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE! Win against West Ham and its just papering over the cracks. Our style of football isn't going to change, the way we deploy certain players like RVW isn't going to change, the attitude of the players isn't going to change. Its Past a joke now, cant even laugh it off anymore and try find a positive because there isn't any. He bleats on about the 10 games without losing streak like he won the champions league. Most of that run was draws and the wins were often scrapped 1-02-1's & certainly not the dominating wins you'd think they'd be with a 10 game unbeaten streak. Go back and count just how many goals we scored from open play during that streak. Last year we were lucky that we were dangerous from set plays while also being tight at the back. This season we pose no threat from set plays, cant defend to save our lives and still cant find a way to score or produce chances from open play on a regular basis.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • I admit to just being an armchair critic, however I could not understand what happened at Man City. Most teams play a 4 4 2 formation, does NCFC not have players that can match that. Last time I played and saw City at Carrow Road the preferred formation was 5 3 2 , guess thats out of the question nowadays. I think that going out on the defensive to start is a negative for everyone concerned..

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    canuk

    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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