Chris Hughton insists there is plenty more to come from Norwich City after a second consecutive friendly success of the week against Championship club Peterborough at London Road.

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Steve Morison and James Vaughan struck in either half to round off a positive few days for the club following the midweek win at Celtic and the arrivals of new signings Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner. Neither of Hughton’s latest recruits featured at their neighbours, with the City boss confirming afterwards they could play some part in Tuesday’s Carrow Road home opener against Ajax after meeting their new team mates later this weekend. The City boss was satisfied with the outcome, but expects his squad to sharpen up after dominating possession for long spells at London Road.

“We’ve come through unscathed up against a very good Peterborough team who I know very well from last season. I knew we wouldn’t get an easy game,” he said, “It is another clean sheet, which is nice, and we added to our goal tally. You like to think as pre-season progresses, our sharpness in the final third can improve because I thought we got into some good areas again. It is about a 90 minutes work exercise for the team and you don’t expect them to be right at it or to be as sharp as they will be in a few weeks but it will probably be a typical game at this stage.”

Hughton admitted Vaughan had certainly looked in the mood since the summer recess with a thumping late finish from Grant Holt’s pass building on his brace against Hertha Berlin last weekend.

“He is taking his chance so far,” said the City chief. “We made a lot of changes in those last 20 minutes and I guess with defenders the last thing you want is a striker who can play on the last shoulder with a bit of pace to get in behind. It was certainly a good time to bring him on and we benefited.

“I think we’re trying to make the most of what I have got. I’ve got five strikers so rather than play two and leave players out I would rather ensure they get the right amount of minutes at this stage of pre-season. It’s getting a feel for the players and adapting to what I have got. We fielded all of the first team squad apart from the new signings and one or two minor injuries.”

Steven Whittaker (ankle) is expected to miss both this week’s games against Ajax and MK Dons with the club’s medical staff still assessing the extent of the injury that forced him off at Celtic Park. Midfielder David Fox is back running after a knee problem that has hindered his pre-season preparations to date.

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28 comments

  • I suppose when we might play only one or two "strikers", having five of them looks plenty, but there is always injury to consider. Then again, some sources have described Snods as a striker and Pilks got 8 goals last season. As many have pointed out, midfielders score too. Need there be a hard definition between an attacking midfielder & a striker? Maybe we just play 1 goalkeeper and 10 outfielders? Hoots` Total Football! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • A couple of interesting transfer rumours on other web sites this morning - apparently we're interested signing goalkeeper Brad Jones from Liverpool. Funny, I thought we had that position well covered. Also, Celtic and Huddersfield interested in Vaughan - before pre-season, I would have said 'great' but not any more - he's the man in form!

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Looks like CH may read comments here - notice how he pointed out he has 5 strikers, so may be he feels that area is covered! OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Has anyone been on the new NCFC website,not very good is my polite opinion,forever having to scroll down pages and appears to be all over the place with slow responses,no doubt some wizz kid thought it was a great improvement

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    canaryjon

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • I`m not much of a computer user but I tried to use that website. It has a life of its own. I couldn`t seem to make it go anywhere I wanted it to. Glad it`s not just me! I hope the injuries to Whittaker & Fox are not serious.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • There`s a lot of insistence about Carra Rud these days........

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • CovCan, I`ve had a look at Brad Jones` Wikipedia entry. He`s Australian - we`ve already had one of them! Seriously, he is an Aussie but has English father. Went to college with Holly Valance, lucky boy. 30 yrs old. Seems to have spent most of his career out on loan and hasn`t played that many games. 57 for Middlesbro` spread over about 9 seasons with plenty of loan spells. Signed for L`pool 2 years ago for £2.3 million but has hardly played. He`ll be used to sitting on the bench but why would he want to do any more of that? As you say, it may just be rumour. (I hope we`re not getting ready to cash in on Ruddy!!). He was on Norwich`s Youth books. PS. No offence intended, canarydownunder! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • I guess the website designer had a state of the art high speed computer with very fast broadband connection. Not your average NCFC supporter I think. Me, I am still running XP os and live out in the sticks, so takes ages to download pages. Agree with two previous comments.

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    sad canary

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • I agree it's another case of over engineering a website just because they can not making it more user friendly.

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    somsetcanary

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • The Canary site is all about making money like everything else is these days. I hardly ever visit the site except to purchase tickets online. The site is to get your money, nothing else.

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    goldie

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • I agree with Swiss re. the defensive errors. Russell Martin didn't have a good game and Bradley Johnson gave the ball away in a dangerous area because he is one footed and one sided. However, Ryan Bennett played very well and looked very assured on the ball. Holt moaned to the ref. too much but laid on a very good cross field ball to Vaughan who was very sharp. I hope to see at least one of the new acquisitions at MK, please, Chris H.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • I like Huw's candour, he's the boss right enough but he's more open with his thoughts than we've been use to.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • BTW, Sprowstonboy, let`s hope Holty is running down his "moaning @ Refs battery" in pre-season so he doesn`t get booked so often when the real business starts!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • None taken MB. We all know what happened last time we had a Aussie in goal! Both Jed and Dec need games so the idea of sending one or other out on loan makes some sense.

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • That`s right, andy, I think Hoots has a lot of choices there. I expect he`ll take into account the perceived strengths and weaknesses of Fulham. It`s hard to guess which squad he`ll select. That`s got to be good-Competition! Our cup runneth over. OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • canarydownunder, unless Hoots knows something we don`t (I`m sure he knows LOTS of things we don`t!!) we don`t want to let Vaughan go out on loan, he looks in great form. Unless there`s a very good reason - like it paves the way to getting Rhodes! Mmmmm, Huddersfield......... OTBC. PS. Welcome back, Swiss.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Have to agree Jon, Looks Great but usage of it is Utter rubbish, old one may not have looked so good but was a lot more user friendly

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    CanarySid

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • I see what you mean about the new web site. I've a sneaky feeling the response time down here in the wilds of Kent is even slower than in Norfolk. I given up on waiting for the home page to load... I think the pigeons are on a go slow due to all the heavy packets of data they've got to carry!!

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    zebbee

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • MB, I hope the "moaning @ Refs battery" is already flat as I'm at MK on Friday. In all seriousness, it lets the defender know that he has got at you if you keep complaining to the ref. Holt ought to be a bit more sly. He is being paid enough. Do Norwich have a coach for that? It appears Chelsea have one for sledging.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Interesting stuff about the GK rumours guys. I agree that Jed and Dec would benefit for some loan experience, but at a higher level than Yeovil (no disrespect, Glovers). However, given that we are running a tight cash-box, I would not expect that much would be splashed out on a new keeper.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • BTW, is Korey Smith a "minor injury"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Interestingly it seems that many other club websites have been upgraded as well and I agree with the other comments; I don't like it either. I knew what I was doing with the old version. Why re-invent the wheel when it works perfectly well!!! After a good win yesterday it is all coming together nicely and fear not guys I really cannot see us doing a "Colchester" again. A lot has happened since that awful day and we have too good a manager in place to let anything like that happen I'm sure of that!!! OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Interesting thoughts, CovCan. I suppose Hoots wouldn`t send both JS & DR out on loan at the same time? Whichever one stayed would probably only play if JR was injured or suspended. That`s the problem with being a keeper; if you`re not top honcho, you don`t get to play. Unless a deal is struck with one club to borrow them for half a season each??

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Just looked at NCFC website. The designer has tried to be too clever in my view with little thought to user friendliness and equally little thought to typical broadband speeds in Norfolk. I don't usually have a problem anywhere else but this is just too slow as the designer is trying to get it do too many things at the same time. Turning back to the article, it is interesting to see how CH is changing things around. It will be fascinating to see who will be in the team that plays the first 'proper' game of the season.

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    andy

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Just got back and catching up. Agree on the new site. Celtic & Posh games had some hope, good to see many options out on the field and faces that we have not seen for a while taking part. Best bit, Vaughan scoring regularly; has his ship finally come in? Still seeing some defensive errors that will be punished in league games. Bring on Dutchmen.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • Re: the Brad Jones rumour, in Steer and Rudd we have 2 talented, up-and-coming keepers who surely have Ruddy looking over his shoulder. I wonder if CH is planning on sending JS and possibly DR on loan this season and that is why Jones name has come up in the rumour mill. We will find out soon enough if this story makes it off the transfer merry-go-round.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, July 30, 2012

  • Random ethering has started again. Or IS it random?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

  • On another board I posted a comment about Norwich`s tendency to sign more than one player from the same club. Leeds, Colchester, Brighton, Peterborough, Everton have provided 11 players between them. Pilks must be feeling lonely - Rhodes plays for Huddersfield.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

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