Chris Hughton confident Norwich City captain Grant Holt will discover his form

Last season's top scorer Grant Holt is yet to find the back of the net this campaign. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Last season's top scorer Grant Holt is yet to find the back of the net this campaign. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, September 17, 2012
12:35 PM

Chris Hughton has backed Grant Holt and the rest of Norwich’s striking department to come good after this Premier League stalemate against West Ham at Carrow Road.

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City’s early top flight fixtures under Hughton have carried plenty of promise, but the lack of goals from his frontmen has become a recurring theme.

Simeon Jackson’s close range header against QPR remains one of only two the Canaries have carved out in the opening month.

Hughton introduced Steve Morison and Tottenham loan signing Harry Kane to try and tip the balance in the final quarter, with Kane unable to outwit Jussi Jaaskelainen after being put clean through late on by Robert Snodgrass.

City’s talisman, Holt, has yet to open his account after a 15-goal haul in his debut top flight campaign, but Hughton was quick to jump on any suggestion the events surrounding his summer contract impasse have had any lingering effect.

“No, I don’t think that is the case,” he said. “I can only speak as I find and he has been very focussed on the games, very focussed in training so I am quite sure with somebody of Grant’s quality and the goals he has scored if he keeps getting in the right positions and we can create chances it won’t be long before he scores.

“I believe I have seen in him from day one presumably the same desire and commitment that he has always shown here. I think what we want from every player in the squad is for them to show their best.

“Strikers want to score goals. That is what he has done over the last three seasons here and I’m quite sure that he started quite slowly last season as regards the goals he scored.”

Kane looked keen to impress after replacing the skipper in the closing stages, and Hughton is confident the teenager will emerge stronger from spurning his match-winning chance.

“He will come away from the game today disappointed he hasn’t got a goal. That is the bare facts and what strikers do is they work even harder to put it right,” he said.

“He is a young player and the fact he came on and had a wonderful opportunity is something I’m sure he will go over in his mind, but he doesn’t need to be that way.

“He is a striker, you need to put this behind you, like a goalkeeper does. Keepers will make great saves but they will fumble and be at fault for goals. You just need to put it behind you. He will certainly learn from that and as a young player he will probably learn as much as he would do on the training pitch.

“I think he will be a super player –but he will learn a lot from these situations.”

Hughton’s decisions to withdraw the free-running Jackson after his arduous World Cup long haul trip back to Canada last week and to keep midfield duo David Fox and Wes Hoolahan in reserve did not meet with universal approval at Carrow Road. Something that the experienced City boss accepts is par for the course.

“Simeon has played two games and didn’t get back here from Canada until late in the week. I just felt it needed something a little bit different up front,” he said. “We decided to go with two big ones up front and work it that way. These are the decisions as a manager you have to make and for the right reasons and right intentions.“

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16 comments

  • Holt & any other forwards need decent service to score goals this was clearly lacking on Saturday so give us a mid field with some creativity and we will see goals

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • I don't understand the panic and negativity I have seen on some of the other threads here. Fact; After 4 games last season we had conceded 6 goals and scored 3 goals. We had 2 draws and 2 defeats. 2 points from 4 games. Fact: First four games this season - 7 conceded, 2 scored. 1 defeat & 3 draws - 3 points from 4 games. A very comparable record. Holt takes time to get going - although he had scored 1 in the first 4 last year. He may not be so deadly this season, I agree. Teams are more aware of him and he may miss the service from Wes. I also agree that we need to be sharper up front... but for gods sake, look at our defence this season compared to last. It is looking so much better. CH may be more defensive than PL but, boy did we need to tighten up. Our midfield looks so strong also. I think we will get better and better with each game. We have a run of difficult games ahead but we have the ability to cause an upset and I for one think we are much stronger that last term and have more strength in depth. We have 1 more point so far that we had same time last year and have already kept 1 clean sheet. But for a wonder goal (Spurs) and a pen (QPR) we could quite easily have had 3 clean sheets. I trust CH to keep us up and I think it is crazy to start scare mongering so early - especially when we have actually had a better start than last year!!!

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    PAG

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • The only thing Grant "40k a week" Holt is likely to discover anytime soon is yet another branch of Greggs. Ged - Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • @Robin Hood. Concur - totally.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • In other reports Hughton admitted his frustration at the performance and it's good to know he's in tune with the majority of fans. He talks sense, and we've seen his and the team's response to the Fulham game with another good Bassong-Barnett game and a solid midfield - We now need a response further forward to the lack of goals.

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    Robin Hood

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Holt & any other forwards need decent service to score goals this was clearly lacking on Saturday so give us a mid field with some creativity and we will see goals

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • I am definitely no sycophant, I truly believe CH is on the right track. He makes good sense to me, on all of the 'Pink'un's' column's, re the WHU game. Jeez, have a bit of patience folks. If we were being overrun, and hammered these past four games, it would be 'squeaky bottom' time. But we're not!

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Sure Grant will be scoring soon and as for Kane can anyone expect an 18 year old who has spent only a couple of days at a club not to freeze a bit under the circumstances. In the short time he was on on Saturday he took possession of the ball and went past players and looked as though once he settles down will be a really good striker especially if the midfield get down the wings and Grant can stay in the middle where he should be ready to bang in crosses.

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    goldie

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • I must admit Ged, that is far more likely than you finding a life or a team that's worth supporting instead of stalking these boards with inane dribble. Well said Goldie. Good to see people keeping the faith. I think this season could be great for us and if we stay up like I think we will, I think CH is the man to really drive us forward and build on what we have achieved.

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    you'l never beat the kenton

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Of course Hughton says he thinks Holt will come good. He has to, he has ensured that we have no other source of goals. Not content with giving Vaughan away, he tried to do the same with Morison. This stupid man has left NCFC ill prepared to avoid relegation. If teams have nothing to defend against, they will attack in greater numbers. Good as they are, the NCFC defence cannot withstand a 90 minute bombardment every game and even if they did a whole season of goalless draws with not be good enough to stay up. What an idiot.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • Last seasson Holt's goal rate was 0.25 per game in the first month, nothing in the second, 0.5 in the third and 0.75 in the fourth. So, CH may well have a point there.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • I agree with Waclor and Leslie. Whooton is a stupid man for letting Vaughan go and our midfield is rubbish. I've been saying this for ages. Well said. Love Ged. (that rhymes)

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • I am so confident that The Horse will re-discover his goal-scoring touch that I am keeping him in my fantasy football team, which is more than I can say for Ryan Bennett. He seems to have sunk without trace just for now.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • Hello again PAG have you just discovered Copy & Paste!

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    goldie

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • Its both frustrating and disappointing to have been the better team for the third game on the trot and not take the three points. However, all the right signs are there - we are stronger at the back and we are creating opportunities. They'll start to go in soon believe me! In fact I predict a win against Newcastle this coming Sunday.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, September 17, 2012

  • @Swiss... and why (or perhaps because) our previous manager put Holt on the bench for a spell, used him as a super-sub, got him hungry, and had him scoring on his return (One thought). The other thought is that Holt revelled in his battles against the top sides. So, will he come good in the next few games? Over to you, Mr Hughton. (Rock, Hard Place - Who'd really want to be a football manager?)

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    Robin Hood

    Monday, September 17, 2012

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