Chris Hughton is urging the Canaries to embrace the challenge ahead of this weekend’s daunting Premier League trip to leaders Chelsea.

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City face the champions of Europe fresh from a heavy home defeat to Liverpool which prolonged the wait for a first top flight win of the new season.

Norwich host Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal at Carrow Road the following week before a first reunion with Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa later this month. Hughton acknowledged his squad’s mettle will be fully tested with some big Premier League battles on the horizon.

“You are always worried the longer it goes without that first win but you have to demand a response from the players,” he said. “Irrespective of where the game is – here or away from home, top of the table or whatever. You have to look for a response from the players.

“It’s a challenge, it’s a test of character but there isn’t a player who hasn’t been through a poor run or a poor performance. It is about showing more grit and determination. It is a results business and that is why you look for a reaction and I expect to see one. This season is not over. It is not about six, seven, eight or ten games, it is about a season’s worth of games and we have to make sure we pick up points – the sooner the better.”

Hughton will hope to have both Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) and Anthony Pilkington (back) in contention for the trip to Stamford Bridge after missing the weekend Liverpool defeat. The City boss believes he has plenty of fresh options at his disposal.

“There is competition for places here, but you are looking for the right formulas,” he said. “If you look at the Liverpool game we have scored two goals and that has been the problem, but you also have to get it right so that you are solid and not in danger of conceding at the other end – which had been the case in the last four games. For whatever reason, we have gone against the trend of that period. We will strive on and look to bounce back. We had a similar defeat in the first game of the season and we saw that we got a real good reaction from the lads. We are going to try and have that again.”

City midfielder Robert Snodgrass insists that weekly fight to nail down a starting spot can only improve the Canaries’ prospects for success.

“Yes, there’s some great competition. I said that as soon as I arrived here. There are some good footballers and it’s just a headache for a manager to try to fit everybody into those positions,” he said. “But I’m sure he would like to have that headache rather than not having players fighting for positions. The manager picks the team and it’s a team game. It’s a long season and it’s about trying to do as well as you can each individual game. ”

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13 comments

  • to seem to be repeating mysel Ryan Bennett was not bought by CH, so he appears to be choosing the player he bought in ,instead of choosing the right one .Hpoe thats not the reason but if it is ...... oh dear

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • i agree with blackdog's suggestions. What a waste of money Turner was! Put WH back in the midfield with Tettey alonside him and play some attacking football. It is, after all, what the squad is used to.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • I think it's almost certain we'll see Hoolahan, which isn't necessarily a good thing because the reason I think that is because we're likely to see a lonesome striker and 5 in midfield, we need wingers, badly.

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    Billy

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • I'm reminded of the old martial arts saying.." He who attacks must conquer, he who defends must merely survive". I would seriously seek out Iwan + pay him a fee to do the dressing-room talk, before they go out onto the pitch, like he used to do in the old days. That was worth a one goal start in any game.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • You know what Goldie? You may have opened a can of worms by suggesting Hughton talks about team selection with Holt! I'd not be surprised if they were not talking to each other, and probably haven't since the Press Conference after Holt had signed a new contract, and stole Hughtons' Thunder at the same time. If looks could k1ll !

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • sorry about spelling ,

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Need Hoolahan and Holt up front, Tettey in midfield, put that donkey Turner out to graze with Barnett, where is Ryan Bennett? Maybe plat Rusell Martin at centre half!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Needs to talk to Holty about team selection, he has a lot more experience of City players than Hughton who seems to have no idea where players strengths lie. As Blackdog says Where is Ryan Bennett? a really classy defender who will only get much better if playing. He could gain good experience alongside Bassong.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Blackdog2 - I agree, if we can;t Ryan Bennett let's have Russell Martin back at CB with Bassong. And while we're at it, let's try the old diamond out again with Hoolahan at the front and Fox at the back.. or maybe Hughton will have a chip on his shoulder about using a "Lambert" tactic. Thing is our players know the system, it's positive, and lambert wasn't the first to try use it. Failing that, let's have Pilks wide left, SnoddyBennett wide right and actually USE them to deliver to Morison and Holt's heads. Remember when we battered Newcastle in the air last season?

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    MancCanary

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Sorry, I'm one "f" short in staff. Suppose that's better than an "F" too many.

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • I agree with you blackdog. I just hope to god, CH sheds off his cautious nature and becomes a bit more adventuresome and creative. When we haven't won yet, he should already have been mixing it up more, having a little more courage, including a willingness to change tactics in a match - West Ham at home cried out for Hoolahan to be introduced in the second half to conjure a win. Now that he is facing the wall - or the firing squad - he needs to produce some steel, imagination and a bit more passion would be good too.

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    Michael D

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Where's my old mate Mad Brewer? Come back Brew your comments are needed! Hoots urgently needs you!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • On the last day of last season, Norwich City gave Aston Villa a footballing lesson... So what has changed, The same players are still available... Okay ! Lambert has left for pastures new, but he had gone off the boil anyway. Somebody else was running the show on his behalf...Some additions were incoming to give cover and competition, We looked stronger on paper. Why did our system need to be changed?... If it's not about Football, then it must be about personalities, whatever it is, It has to be ditched and fast. We seem on a hiding to nothing before we take the field!...... Billy ! If you watch the successful premiership sides, they usually play with wingers, playing WIDE. We could easily adopt that with our current staf.....Hughton MUST give my CHEVRON formation a go. I wonder if he ever reads these comments. He should!

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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