Chris Hughton aims to end Norwich City’s Premier League away day blues at Swansea City

Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass seals a 4-3 Premier League win at Swansea City last season: Nick Potts/PA Wire. Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass seals a 4-3 Premier League win at Swansea City last season: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
11:15 AM

Chris Hughton views this weekend’s Premier League trip to Swansea as the perfect place to end their desperate away run in 2014.

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The Canaries have won two high-scoring top flight encounters against the Swans on their last two visits and a repeat would ease them further clear of the

relegation scrap. City have lost their last five on the road since a New Year’s Day Premier League point at Crystal Palace, but Hughton insists they will travel buoyed by a vital home win over Sunderland.

“We have to build on that. It certainly makes this week a better week now, an easier week to work and prepare,” he said. “Swansea is another team very much around us. It was a super game there last year and that is one we will certainly be reminding the players about, but it is about trying to get this good feel right the way through the week.

“We will do that as coaches and the players then have to take it on. We have only conceded one goal in our last six games at Carrow Road but we have to take that away from home to relieve the pressure. At West Ham and Cardiff the level of performance was good but there is no doubt scoring the goals we have of late can give you a lift and a spring.”

City face West Brom and Fulham after their trip to Wales before a finale against the very best Hughton is adamant they can approach with confidence.

“You can’t be defeatist because then in effect what you are saying to your players and everyone outside the club is that we can’t get points. I don’t believe that to be the case,” he said. “Particularly with two of the last four games at home. We have been good here.

“If you look at our performances here against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham they have been good. I don’t buy into that. Where we are as a club and probably 11 or 12 similar clubs to us will find is it more difficult away from home.”

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  • Gwyneth Paltrowski (wikipedia) , Brew.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Let's hope a confident NCFC pitch up on Saturday, and they take the game to Swansea. An unchanged team would be nice with this week spent with that team practicing together as a team; none of this stupid no-one knows who is in the team until the day. Whoever thought that one up is just plain daft.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I know how to spell Kit but it looks like a pie in the sky Kite so perhaps the slip of the finger was unconsciously deliberate.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • At least your pollos have stopped coming home to roast, Blaff. Hoi, just a polloi on words, I`m still je vriend, honest. Until next Tuesday at the Renderers` Legs, perhaps? The Sum of all Fears in the making? Armageddon the first pint in. Gercha, Kahsun. Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Well done, Gek. I'm glad my hours of research at the National Portrait Gallery were not entirely wasted. One tries to educate the hoi polloi and broaden their horizons, but most of the time it's easier to push gravy uphill with a fork.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Personally, I think Swansea is going to be a toughie if they play anything like they did against Arsenal yesterday. I do find the chasm between our home and away performances perplexing, but ultimately that's more a psychological problem than a real one. Norwich have produced a fair number of cracking performances this season whatever the negativistas say. Wouldn't rule out getting something from Swansea at the weekend if the team does what it has shown quite regularly at home what it is capable of.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Can anybody remind me how many "launching pads to greater things" we've had this season, only to crash and burn spectacularly for 2 or 3 matches. Less positive press releases from Mr Hughton, and maybe the miracle of "back-to-back wins!"

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Spot on Surrey! Lets hope and blooming pray the same NCFC turn up Saturday that dominated Sunderland. If we turn up AGAIN after such a positive win and utterly no show I really will have lost the last little bit of faith I had. If we go there and lose with fight, battle and within a close scoreline its disappointing but I can accept that. A Typical Hughton styled no show though will truly take the biscuit.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Those happy clapper paper noise toys are indeed a sad indictment of our "throw away" society. Ironically, the noise they make is not dissimilar to those wind up wooden rattles favoured by the rosette-wearing supporters in the 60s and early 70s. Yo'd be arrested if you went to a match with one of them now.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I agree Dubai that another 8 pts will probably see us safe. Less confident where those points will come from. Can see Cardiff and Fulham struggling to 34 or 35pts. We should better that. Third bottom however will be tight but I think the bunch hovering above that fatal position will be watching on with fingers crossed as Sunderland make up their games in hand and hope that, like Wigan, their cup exertions have sapped them of the energy needed to fight. One further point Dubai, what do you mean by restructuring needed? The reason I ask is that I have recently been banging my drum about ownership rather than who manages the football. Do you know someone who owns an oilfield and has an obsession with the colour yellow? If so make them aware of NCFC. Otherwise the current board can only gamble on managers who are similar in status to CH and only spend on players within tight financial constraints. We either learn to live with that or begin to apply friendly pressure on Delia to put up the for sale sign.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I thought that self adulatory pose was vaguely familiar, Blaffen. It looks like Robert might have had a mirror in his right hand, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Dubai prefers the Velocity Bar to the Plasterers, I think.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • …..and that's in 3 D.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Let's hope a confident NCFC pitch up on Saturday, and they take the game to Swansea. An unchanged team would be nice with this week spent with that team practicing together as a team; none of this stupid no-one knows who is in the team until the day. Whoever thought that one up is just plain daft.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Steely, all attempts to contact you on another topic, another board (Evita?) stymied by Archie. I must have upset him by being unkind to his pet p**t Steady On. I think I got a snippet thro` on the Elmander board. Possibly maybe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • …..or a leader WITHOUT tunnel vision!!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • To paraphrase that respected football pundit and philosopher, Bon Jovi. Whooah, we're half way there. Even though we're livin’ on a prayer. Come on Chris, we'll make it - I swear. Livin’ on a prayer. We've got to hold on ready or not. You live for the fight when it's all that you've got.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • No pint of Best for you next Tuesday, Dubai. And if you do know of any obsessive oil sheikhs, keep it to yourself. Sorry, Lincs, but the last thing we need is a bonkers absentee owner who tries to change the club's name and sacks a manager for wearing odd socks. Much better if Delia turns out a couple of best sellers or wins the next Euromillions.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Absolutely agree Barking. Last thing we need is to become some billionaires play thing. I really do fear such an outcome. It would be the beginning of the end of our club. No, whatever success we achieve in the future, we are gonna have to do it the hard way. I fully expect that success to be limited until the ar$e falls out of the English game.

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    Smudger75

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I found the picture, Blaff. Very good! It looks like Robert`s holding a mirror, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Let's hope a confident NCFC pitch up on Saturday, and they take the game to Swansea. An unchanged team would be nice with this week spent with that team practicing together as a team; none of this stupid no-one knows who is in the team until the day. Whoever thought that one up is just plain daft.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Tumbleweed rolls slowly across the screen

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • As a pro English person, I certainly want our club to stay in English ownership, yes I know WJ is Welsh but as they also play in our leagues they likewise count. I for one do not want to see a change away from yellow but am dismayed to see that we play so many away games in that Tottenham lookalike white with a hint of black kite. Perhaps that is the reason why we perform so badly away from home so I would plead with the club to play in Yellow home and away from now on. Perhaps the EDP can run a vote on this matter.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Great to see what a win has done for us on Saturday - I reckon another 8 points will see us safe, although there could still be some anxious moments with others having games in hand. Anyway, it certainly eases the pain and shuts up a lot of the noisy fans who blame everything on the manager. I think we'll just get through in the PL but we will need a serious restructuring over the summer !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • But at least those wooden rattles had the merit of longevity, Blaff. And somebody actually made them out of wood! The same material media folks` heads are made of. I suppose at least 13,000 of those pathetic, happyclappy, pr@tish papery posters were strewn along the pathways from Carrow Road? As you say, this throw away society deserves to be thrown away. All will be put to rights when The Plastereress`s Legs are open next week.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Get your tactics right first CH.. Then talk. Please inspire your strikers to score or get a very good striking coach to do it for you. Can't blame you cause you were just a defender. No prior experience in scoring goals.

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    Jaszli Johari

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Indeed. Fagen. We do tend to disguise ourselves, already. It has to be done. Btw, on my list of undesirables, I omitted `Criminals`. though I suppose it is a blanket term for Big Businessmen.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Keep away from the Oilygarchs, Off-shore Shysters, Crimeans, Russians, Americans, Tigers and Fake Tan Man types. Lets`s have good ol` Foulger! He hint a bad ol` boy, and the chickenburgers will be looocally luscious. Any other sort - Ban `em. Perhaps Gwyneth Poultry might like to buy in? At least we wouldn`t get Chris Martin back. I`ll vote for anybody who bans Happyclappy paper noise toys. Foulger would tell `em to get stuffed?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • no michu no worries just do the necessary

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    johnty

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • What ever you put in the tea pre match on Saturday needs to be used again. Be brave and start with Hoolahan and have a plan B if things go wrong. There is no point defending a one or two goal deficit as points are there to be won. Yes we can take points out of the last four games but that will be easier if we are already safe with the points in the bag.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Let's hope a confident NCFC pitch up on Saturday, and they take the game to Swansea. An unchanged team would be nice with this week spent with that team practicing together as a team; none of this stupid no-one knows who is in the team until the day. Whoever thought that one up is just plain daft.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • "we will play well for say 15 to 20 minutes give a silly goal away and then get " And if we win you'll be gutted.

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    ncfc boy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • same old Hughton rhetoric. The reality is we will play well for say 15 to 20 minutes give a silly goal away and then get spanked. He is the manager and he should be giving them confidence. The players have been making silly mistakes but they play with fear and not for fun.

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    andys

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I can't see an overseas buyer being interested in Norwich City so we are likely to be saved from that potential minefield! The club was touted before but no interest was forthcoming. Yes we are now (at present) Prem League. But Norwich is out on a limb, not mainstream, although there are benefits to remaining in local ownership.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • There's a famous painting of Jesus Christ called "The Shadow of Death" by William Holman Hunt. Have a look at it on Google and then compare the pose adopted by Snoddy, in the photo above, to celebrate his goal at Swansea last season. Methinks we may need the genuine article, rather than a pale Scottish impersonation, if we are to get anything from the same fixture on Saturday.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Attack, attack, attack, attack! Don't try and play their game.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • …..You have really missed the point Dudai if that's how you see it!.....and cannot attribute the blame for our dismay at the feet of our manager! The noisy fans as you put it are not in admiration of a one off win against a poor Sunderland....They are sick to the teeth of having to endure week after week the poor quality of football that has been served up by this manager in the name of Norwich City....This last game was like an oasis in a parched desert....now we proceed to the next watering hole, without a compass but relying on the stars to direct us through a sand storm!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • …..You have really missed the point Dudai if that's how you see it!.....and cannot attribute the blame for our dismay at the feet of our manager! The noisy fans as you put it are not in admiration of a one off win against a poor Sunderland....They are sick to the teeth of having to endure week after week the poor quality of football that has been served up by this manager in the name of Norwich City....This last game was like an oasis in a parched desert....now we proceed to the next watering hole, without a compass but relying on the stars to direct us through a sand storm!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Agree BW, change of owner not necessarily for the best. Look at what's happened to Chelsea and Man C. Delia is the devil (nice devil) we know. Stick with her and you know what's coming. Desperate times in the Prem and some promotion campaigns thrown in. My point really was that if the Hoots out campaign succeeds you really can't expect that to change very much. All clubs get the £60m tv money. It's what you can afford beyond that counts. Even Soton have mega rich foreign backers, and they've not renamed them Soton Saints or made them play in angels wings. I have no problems if we stick rather than twist, it's just that too many seem to think changing manager is the be and end all (even though I do agree this squad is better than its results).

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • No, you can't 'only' lay it at the door of those that instruct them. Nobody instructs Bassong to fluff a backpass, to give away a needless penalty or not cut out a ball, nobody instructs Hooper, RVW and co to fluff gilt-edged scoring opportunites, it just happens and it's nothing to do with instruction. Those are individual issues that it's up to them to put the effort in to overcome. Our home form is top half of the table, our away form is diabolical. The difference is purely psychological, not tactical or anything else. They simply have to overcome that, and I'm sure they will. Whether it's this weekend that they do, I'm not so sure after seeing how well Swansea did last night at the Emirates, but you never know.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Hows Manila Dubai........... hot I bet.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • With the quality of attackers in this league, clean sheets are a real achievement. We've probably done very well to get as many as we have. Once behind though, we immediately look doomed. That's when we need the cutting edge and creativity we haven't have this season.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Old News now but did anyone see that old Chris Hughton Article from his playing days where he said his moto was "Less attack, More Success". Made me chuckle anyway!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • That's only assuming that the other options would have done any better, which is just down to opinion and speculation at the end of the day.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Steely, I just know you didn`t miss the chicken gags, as paltry as they were! Or have I fowled up again? I hope the Renderers` Legs Are open next Tuesday.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Great to see what a win has done for us on Saturday - I reckon another 8 points will see us safe, although there could still be some anxious moments with others having games in hand. Anyway, it certainly eases the pain and shuts up a lot of the noisy fans who blame everything on the manager. I think we'll just get through in the PL but we will need a serious restructuring over the summer !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • .....and surely that is the point Linc's...This squad of players are much better than the results they have achieved....and this can only be laid at the door of those that instruct them to play unnaturally in this scared to lose mindset!....If they were rubbish players we would expect it...but they are not!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • We need to stick with the same team and formation as last weekend. Please don't wear the jinxed away kit. Going to be difficult to get all 3 points having seen how well they played against Arsenal. Would still like to see Redmond played up front giving us real pace and something different for their defence to worry about. If we beat them I think we'll stay up. Important we get something given the games those teams around us have coming up. 5-6 points out of the next 3 games should see us ok

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    Oz Canary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • …..or a leader WITHOUT tunnel vision!!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I am a great fan of Delia and Michael Wynn-Jones and what they have done for the club but they will not be around for ever, they are both 72. Delia stepped out of managing the catering a couple of years ago and they have said that they are considering selling to the right bidder. I am sure that they will have a good view to the type of buyer, but I would not be surprised if they do sell in the next 2 - 3 years.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I wish the manager and players would stop issuing these statements and just knuckle down and let the results talk. Up to now wishful thinking has not come true after the one-off good results.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • RE: Gwyneth Paltrow + our erstwhile striker Chris Martin's marriage break-up....can we arrange a "conscious uncoupling" with "Calamity Chris" Whotun ASAP please?

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • ….but you can most certainly can and should lay it at the door of those that choose them in the first place LYB.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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