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Thursday, December 12, 2013
The goals speak for themselves – but Gary Hooper believes Norwich City are starting to work out their way forward this season.
The summer signing has scored three goals in City’s last five games, coming coincidentally in the Canaries’ three victories over the same period.
It is the kind of form that has helped Chris Hughton’s men put a bit of daylight between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone – while also backing the City manager’s summer recruitment decisions.
“It takes time,” said Hooper. “We’ve played together a few times now and I think that is starting to show, like at West Brom. We’ve played 4-4-2 with Leroy (Fer) tucked in and I thought we were outstanding.
“Everyone has got to create the chances for me and it’s a team game. I’ve then got to take my chances.
“The service has just got to be in between the posts from crosses and I’ve got to be on the shoulder of the defender, and you need a good ball for those chances.
“I think everyone is still getting used to each other, the runs and those things. But we have shown we can all play together and win at home and away.”
Hooper has been playing catch-up ever since he picked up a shin injury in the final friendly of pre-season, leaving him on the sidelines for the opening month of the season. But now the 25-year-old appears to be finding his best – and most clinical – form and will hope to continue the theme when Swansea visit on Sunday.
“It all started at Braga (in pre-season) when I scored two goals and then I got injured (against Panathinaikos),” he said. “It’s been an OK start to the season but being injured was always horrible. Watching from the sidelines.
“The medical team has done really well, sorting me out and we’ve been playing really good football. And fair play to the boys, they’ve been putting it on a plate for me.
“The injury has all gone now and I just need to keep playing football, doing well in training and score goals.
“Swansea are a good team. They pass from back to front all day. But we’re at home, it’s our ground and we have got to go for it.”