June 19 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Chris Hughton conceded his Everton experiment of two out-and-out frontmen brought only limited success.
City edged the Toffees with late goals from Kei Kamara and Grant Holt, but the skipper was back in a lone front-running role for last weekend’s trip to Manchester United.
“I am happy that we got the result (against Everton). Did we create enough ourselves in the course of the game? Probably not,” he said.
“We could have created more but we were up against a top six team who overload midfield and you know they can hurt you. It is about the balances. We’d like to be scoring more goals but firstly, we need to make sure we are a hard team to play against. Whatever our mentality is that doesn’t change. We have looked to address it with bringing in two strikers in the window. We are very conscious that we are playing in a difficult league against top teams and we have to be competitive to start with, which gives us a chance to win football matches. Where you would like to get to is a team that doesn’t concede many and scores plenty of goals. If we were at that stage we would already be safe in this division right now.”
City’s chief creative spark, Wes Hoolahan, remains a key part of the solution for Hughton to try and unlock Norwich’s attacking potential.
“My job and my responsibility is to determine the tactics for every game so whether I play two or one up front or Wes off the front in a more advanced position is something I have to consider,” he said.
“When you play the system that we have had for quite a period of the season it gets an influential player like Wes into the team. The decision is where do you play him? If it’s off the front then you may lack that little bit of intensity and directness. The balances are difficult to get. I wouldn’t say Wes is a luxury player because he has had a good effect on the season but it is quite obvious where his best position is – which ideally is a central position on the pitch. The last thing I would want anyone to feel is that Wes is a luxury player in our squad. He certainly can do that in the wide area, like Everton, but if you play Wes there you have to compromise.”
The Canaries are reportedly closing in on the signing of Blackburn’s Swedish international Martin Olsson.