December 21 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists the Canaries’ latest Premier League clean sheet at Reading proves they are no longer a soft touch.
Hughton’s men were held to a 0-0 draw after being unable to penetrate a Royals’ outfit still searching for their first win since promotion, but the City boss preferred to accentuate the positives from a fourth shut out of the league season.
Both keepers were largely redundant at the Madejski, but City left Berkshire the happier after stretching their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions.
“The plus is another clean sheet,” he said. “Any draw or any clean sheet away from home in this division is always a good point. They are a team that amongst their difficulties this season have been able to score goals. That hasn’t been a problem for Reading. For us in the end it is a good result and I would say a fair result. We are certainly more solid at the moment. I suppose something has to give and although we have become more solid we haven’t got the goals we would like.
“We knew we had a side that could play, but we have to be at our best every game. That is the big difference. With the top teams, the quality they have got, they can produce something out of nothing. In a poor performance they have that quality to score goals. I think for us we have to be on top of our game all the time. Today is a good point for us.
“We have had a fair amount of consistency to our (team) selection of late and that breeds confidence. It also gives us real competition for places. Apart from Russell (Martin) we don’t have too many injuries. Those not in the team are pushing really hard and that is keeping everyone on their toes.”
Johan Elmander does not have to convince Chris Hughton of his value to Norwich City.