Chris Hughton - Norwich City must not let standards drop ahead of Crystal Palace appointment

Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United increased the pressure to pick up points at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United increased the pressure to pick up points at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, December 30, 2013
8:00 AM

Chris Hughton has warned his Norwich City players that only a repeat of their improved showing against Manchester United will do against struggling Crystal Palace in a crunch New Year’s Day Premier League clash.

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Danny Welbeck’s 57th minute strike earned the champions a hard-fought win after the Canaries’ turned in a vastly improved display from the Boxing Day loss to Fulham and Hughton wants more of the same at Selhurst Park. Palace will go above the Canaries with a victory after City suffered a second consecutive festive loss at Carrow Road.

“They are all big games. It seems like every one we play falls into that category. It is a very competitive division,” said Hughton. “There are a lot of teams now bunched around us and we know points are vital. This month has been like our season in the sense it has been in fits and starts. When we seem to get a bit of momentum we seem to drop that again and what we have lost at the moment is that winning momentum. I felt this performance was back up to what we want to see. If you look at this game and the Fulham one by far the biggest disappointment for me was what happened on Boxing Day. The performance level wasn’t anywhere near and if we had done I am quite sure the result would have been different. Fulham was a result we didn’t want and the performance levels were not to the standards we accept. We need to take this type of quality into the Palace game. We’ve had highs and lows, some good performances and some big defeats. It is about trying to get back to a level of consistency, which we thought we had done before these two games.”

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10 comments

  • What winning momentum!! You are right about the month reflecting the season - we have lost most of the games.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Well well well, if it aint the little townies with their total lack of .......well anything, i dont normally reply to morons, but felt i needed too , just remind me you saddos, who fill their ground up every home match whether we be in the Premiership, Chumpionship, or league 1? answer..Norwich, who struggle to fill their ground week in week out, unless you play Norwich? answer...Ipswich! Who own their own ground and are dept free? answer Norwich, we are having a rocky period and WILL come through it, we are loyal to the end, even though there is a lot of arguements about who should be in charge, i for one am a true supporter and will support the yellows, in the good and the bad times, (unlike your half empty flea pit of a ground). I would however like to have the old farm games back, because at least we could get 6 points and a good goal difference back. My final word will be, "IF" we are religated, then so be it, i will still be there, but im afraid you will still be where you are now and we will be laughing at you come the end of this season, you chumps.

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    Chuncky993

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • I have my concerns over the motivation skills of Chris Hughton. Malky Mackay is a great motivator. Most Cardiff supporters want Malky as manager and a new owner. Glad we have true supporters in Delia and Michael. Mackay has been criticised for not getting the best out of his expensively assembled squad. Hughton players include Hooper, Fer and Redmond. The PL is a tough league and has strength in depth no other top division can match.

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    Capri

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Some motivation talk! A repeat of their performance against Man Utd would be another defeat!!

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    la barbe

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Classic posting Chuncky ! Some MASSIVE results for the Bitter Blues recently. That division is packed with literally HUGE clubs (themselves included...err....NOT!). Lets hope for a win against Palace. I'll never be a CH fan, but I'll always be a loyal Yeller- OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Hughton says what we have lost is that winning momentum. What winning momentum is that, I wonder? Of course he is right - we must have the same level of commitment we showed against Man U. However, so far this season, we simply have not shown anything like that urgency, drive and competiveness in most of our games. Palace will be up for this - Pulis will have made sure of that. Can Hughton inspire his troops as much? If he can't and if they don't turn up we will get nothing. This is a truly pivotal game and could define the rest of our season. Given, also, we have a really tough run-in, we simply have to accumulate points now.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Can Hughton gee up the players for a game they should win? Forget games against the big four where any point gained is a bonus. Much as we hate seeing huge defeats, losing 7 nil away to Man City is not as immediately disasterous as losing 2. 1 at home to Fulham, 1 nil away to Hull or the goal less draws where we throw away two points and give two points to our real rivals. These are the matches where Hughton and his team need to up their game and have the self belief to score goals and win. Playing well and coming a close second is losing.

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    waclor

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Palace have done well under Pulis. They looked good at Man., City., Unfortunately this is a must win game and unless N City can improve , the rest of this years fixtures will take on the same importance.

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    stormy

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Well said Timbo. CTID

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    Chuncky993

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • What standards you have none apart from losing every match

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    Townman

    Monday, December 30, 2013

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