Fate and fatigue are not part of the equation for Norwich City boss Chris Hughton

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is taking nothing for granted against Swansea City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is taking nothing for granted against Swansea City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Saturday, December 14, 2013
5:00 PM

Chris Hughton is not a great believer in fate or the theory Swansea City will arrive at Carrow Road jaded after their European exertions.

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The Swans suffered a gruelling midweek trip to Switzerland that ended in defeat, but with the consolation of a place in the knock-out phase of the Europa League. Michael Laudrup’s squad have played more games this season than any of their other top-flight rivals but Hughton knows the fringe benefits from continental success after a similar timetable during his previous managerial posting at Birmingham.

“We felt it helped us,” he said. “We rotated the squad for those games and certainly at home we had full houses and great atmospheres and it motivated us for the league form. It was definitely more of a help than a hindrance, but I can understand those who have the opposite view. It certainly stretches a squad and your resources. Where Swansea is fortunate is they do have a big and good squad. You would have to ask them how much it has been a hindrance.

“You can really take that any way you want. It could be a situation that actually galvanises the players. They’ve had a tough week and they are going to need to dig deep for another game but the fact they have qualified makes it a successful one. I will focus on our business. We are on the back of a good win, we are at home and this is an opportunity to put back-to-back wins together. We have to show a burning desire to want to get three points.”

Laudrup’s side also have the weight of recent history to contend with after failing to beat Norwich since both were promoted to the Premier League.

“Do I think there are bogey teams? Not really, there might be players who for some reason have a bit of good fortune and score goals against a particular side but really it’s all about performing on the day,” said Hughton. “You can speak to any manager and they will all tell you we treat games as one-off affairs. What we do know is Swansea will look to have a lot of possession but you only have to look at the league every week to see that doesn’t guarantee you wins. You can have the majority of the football, but it is about the areas you have the football in and those key ones are both penalty boxes.”

Gary Hooper’s strike was the difference last time out at Carrow Road to sink Crystal Palace before his first half goal at the Hawthorns last weekend underlined City carry a genuine attacking threat.

“What pleases me as much as the goals is the fact that Gary is working ever-so hard for the team,” said Hughton. “His fitness levels are very good now and he is one of those players who can score goals in tight areas and if he makes the runs we have to produce balls like we did WBA.”

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12 comments

  • "The swans will be jaded after the mid week encounter". Lets not fall into that trap please. Lets go out and wip the socks off them. CH you have an opportunity take it?

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    Keep it Low

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Three points might also start to indicate that we are making some progress. I don't want to just survive this season, I want to prove that we are good enough to compete properly at this level.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • I agree it's a good time to face them, but I really hope fans reactions are measured, whatever the result. The fact we could jump 5 places with one win after 16 games just shows how tight the bottom half of the table is. Swansea are a good team (their away form is quite good too) so I think a 3 goal margin is massively optimistic. Would love that, but personally would take a scrappy 1-0 too...

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    PutneyCanary

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Amen to that

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    Gruff

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Still think it's a great time to play the Swans. Up an' at them tomorrow! Results went our way today so let's capitalise on the misfortunes of others. Things will look much better if there are another 3 points on the board and another win will give the team's confidence another lift.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • If we win it will be progress. If we draw it will be as-you-were. If we lose it will be regress.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • just when you think, you dare to dream......2 points lost. Swansea were there for the taking, they play good stuff but just couldn't do it for long, Hoots substitutions bewildered me again to the point where he made them and ....we lost our spark and drive, Becchio on for elmander, Murphy on for redmond. Should have been wes for elamnder and murphy for johnson to really go for the win...alas...yet another tactical mess. Sorry but still am not happy with the management team, two points lost today, a fortunate win last week does not make everything perfect. And have yet to witness a brilliant performance this season.

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    kpg24uk

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Come on City, give us all an early Christmas present. You can do it!

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    la barbe

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • We have the opportunity to leap 5 places up the table from 15th into 10th - what more incentive do we need ? Get in there are make a statement - a three goal win will do us nicely - OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • We have the opportunity to leap 5 places up the table from 15th into 10th - what more incentive do we need ? Get in there are make a statement - a three goal win will do us nicely - OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • So we have the chance to go 10th if Man U beat AV. OTBC!

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    Cecil

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • would be a good time for 3 more points as most results went our way yesterday and another manager bit the dust!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

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