December 7 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Chris Hughton accepts the buck stops with him to try and unlock Norwich City’s Premier League attacking potential away from Carrow Road.
The Canaries have failed to score in both top flight defeats at Hull and Tottenham during the opening weeks of the new campaign and Hughton knows that trend must change.
“It is always a concern when you are not playing how you would like. Yes, we have found it difficult perhaps away from home,” he said. “We couldn’t break down Hull with 10 men, albeit we certainly had more chances and more play in the final third than we did at Tottenham.
“We have to keep the Spurs game in perspective because they are going to be challenging. They will be right up the top of the league and they had a good day.
“Clubs like ourselves have to go through this. My role in the group is to assess it and see where we can improve. You can chose to play a very forward-thinking game high up the pitch and open yourself up; we have played the same shape in other games and got the results. We need to be better in possession and if that is the case we can work the ball further up the park and create more opportunities in and around the opposition penalty area.”
City carved out only one real chance of note at White Hart Lane when Ricky van Wolfswinkel was denied by Danny Rose inside the Tottenham six-yard-box in the second period.
“If we get one back at that point it can change things. Would we have deserved it? No, we wouldn’t on the balance of play,” said Hughton. “But if you can stay in it then opportunities will arise. What was the difference between last season and this game? Probably the fact they have just spent £100m because we were very, very good there last season and we struggled to get up to that same level. They have bought an awful lot of quality and you look at the changes they could make from the bench.
“The second goal hurts us and in a way kills the game off. We had better spells in the second half so the timing of that goal was tough. We certainly have to be better in the next game we play.”
Norwich City produced a perfect Premier League away day performance to sink West Brom 2-0 at the Hawthorns.