December 12 2013 Latest news:
By Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Chris Hughton insists there can be no Capital One Cup hangover for Norwich City ahead of the tough Premier League trip to Manchester City.
The Canaries make a swift return to the north-west after a 4-0 cup exit at Manchester United marred by a double injury blow to Robert Snodgrass and Nathan Redmond.
Norwich head to the Etihad stuck in the bottom three after one league win in the last six, but Hughton is adamant there is no need to panic as the pressure mounts.
“The pressure I feel is the same as I feel week in, week out and that is the pressure to win football matches and good performances,” he said. “Whether we are in the bottom three or five places higher that is always there. The reality is there are a group of teams a point or two points above us which is effectively one win. That underlines how close it is. If we had beaten Cardiff it would have put us three places higher up the division. I have said it but it is not a position we want to be in. It is fact and we want to get out of that bottom three as quickly as we can. At the moment it is easy to say that is not a reflection of our form. Generally the feeling is the team has been playing well.”
Hughton was again criticised in certain quarters for his decision to make eight changes for the midweek cup defeat at Old Trafford and the City chief knows he is under intense scrutiny after the club’s patchy start to the new campaign.
“You have to accept criticism and frustration as part of the job. That is the challenge for all of us,” he said. “I think it is the modern game, it is media, it is social networks, it is expectation. My responsibility as a manager is to work around all those different things. Our concern as a club is always about getting results. For us it is not a comfortable position in the bottom three. We don’t want to be there but anyone seeing us play would agree it is not through a lack of effort, determination or willingness to win football matches. We have to carry the same focus and endeavour into these forthcoming games.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.