Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is aiming to harness the feelgood factor

Norwich City's international contingent have returned in fine fettle, according to Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's international contingent have returned in fine fettle, according to Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, October 18, 2013
7:00 AM

Norwich City’s international brigade have brought a feelgood factor back to Norfolk, according to Chris Hughton.

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The likes of Swedish duo Martin Olsson and Johan Elmander played a full part in helping their country reach the World Cup qualifying play-offs. John Ruddy was involved in England’s successful mission to reach Brazil whilst Leory Fer started for Holland in their final qualifying victory in Turkey. Add a goalscoring cameo for Robert Snodgrass and his City team mate Russell Martin in Scotland’s Hampden Park win over Croatia along with action for Wes Hoolahan and Alex Tettey and it has been a positive experience for the Canaries.

“Most if not all have returned on the back of either good results or good performances so we hope we can take that on for this weekend,” said Hughton. “Some travelled back on Wednesday so Thursday was only their first real day back working as a group but there is a good feel, no doubt. We had the two Swedish lads who have come back in high spirits after getting through to the play-offs and John has had that good feeling from being part of the England squad who have qualified. Russ and Robert had a successful game against Croatia, Wes (Hoolahan) was involved for the Republic and Alex (Tettey) with Norway so you look for as many positives as you can from the whole thing.”

Anthony Pilkington’s hamstring injury was the one major downside with the midfielder forced to withdraw from the Irish set-up ahead of their games against Germany and Kazakhstan.

“We have a few knocks and bruises and we will assess them and make decisions over the next few days,” said Hughton. “Anthony is one of those. He came back a little earlier after pulling out of the first Ireland camp when he just felt something in training. He is one we are assessing but we hope he will be okay. He just has a little problem with his hamstring.”

Javier Garrido is back in contention after missing Chelsea defeat that saw Olsson retain his place in the starting line up after featuring in the previous Stoke away win.

“He had a couple of injury problems last season so we were mindful of the schedule with him during pre-season,” said Hughton. “We were very careful when he first joined and I think he is benefitting from that. We have to make sure we take all the good things from our last performance into Arsenal.”

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18 comments

  • If all our players are fit then I agree with you all on the Snodgrass front, however, Pilks once again withdrew from the Irish side due to a hamstring problem so we are probably forced to play Redmond on the left once again. Such a shame as I think Pilkington is an excellent winger who can also score great goals on his day. I still think the plan is for both wingers to act more like strikers hence they are played on the opposite side, then it is up to the overlapping full backs to put the normal crosses in. Both Olsson and Martin can do this very well at times, as can Whittaker when used.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • I noted that Whittaker was not even on the bench for Scotland and is not mentioned in the above report, does this mean he is another who has picked up an injury I wonder. I am sure we will start the game against Arsenal with the same midfield and surely Olsson has done more than enough to keep the left back slot. My starting team would be Ruddy, Olsson, Bassong, Bennett, Martin, Redmond,Fer, Howson, Tettey, Snodgrass, and finally I would start with Elmander up front as we need a target man to feed off for what will be a tough away game. I would put Bennett alongside Bassong as Arsenal are a very quick attacking force and he is fleeter of foot than Turner so horses for courses as they say.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • Think you're right Trevor, I wrote 'the opposition' and still got exiled to the banter bin

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • Hooper's the hungry man who needs to get noticed. Give him a run up front to capitalise on his hunger to get into the England squad. Two England friendlies in November, he knows that he has to get noticed to get into the squad for those games.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • I noted that Whittaker was not even on the bench for Scotland and is not mentioned in the above report, does this mean he is another who has picked up an injury I wonder. I am sure we will start the game against Arsenal with the same midfield and surely Olsson has done more than enough to keep the left back slot. My starting team would be Ruddy, Olsson, Bassong, Bennett, Martin, Redmond,Fer, Howson, Tettey, Snodgrass, and finally I would start with Elmander up front as we need a target man to feed off for what will be a tough away game. I would put Bennett alongside Bassong as Arsenal are a very quick attacking force and he is fleeter of foot than Turner so horses for courses as they say. Hope that term is not now seen as racist.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • At the moment Hooper is miles off the England squad. Ahead of him are Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge, Lambert and probably Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott when they're all fit. It doesn't help his cause that he's not starting for his club at the moment either! Until that changes AND he starts scoring regulaly, then he might just get a squad place for a friendly.

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    richard1

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • TK - I pretty much agree with your team and your last post. If Pilks is fit, I'd rather start with him on the left and Redmond on the right and have Snods on the bench (could come on to replace either). I would go with RVW upfront instead of Elmander though. Depending on how it's going, I think bringing Elmander on in the last 20 minutes (to replace JH, not RVW) and then maybe Hooper in for RVW would give us something different towards the end. But I think plan a (at the moment) is RVW with Howson behind him. I think that combo will really click soon too (even against such good, and in form, opposition).

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    PutneyCanary

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • The opposition are very similar to another North London team. As long as we replicate the same tactics with the same degree of skill that we employed there, we should only lose two nil, though there again, nothing is entirely predictable in this day and age. I love the Emirates, about as intense solidity that you could wish for as an away fan. That Morrison equaliser the year before last. Place went nuts. Same when Turner equalised last time. Pint in the Auld Triangle washes everything down nicely too. I reckon if we go for it, we might just nick a point. What have we got to lose, cos if we don't, they'll eat us for breakfast

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • The only time we will see the "feelgood factor" back at our club will be when that idiot Whooton is sacked. All the best pals. Ged x (fan leader)

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    Ged Steroo

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • This site seems to have become over sensative to words, even the name of the opposition this weekend does not seem to be acceptable. My posting took 3 attempts to get through until I finally decided to try the word gooners. A little bit too sensative methinks, no wonder Woy is facing the sack after cracking a silly joke.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • The kind of crosses we need to be producing are the whipped ones which Baines produces time and again and which strikers love because they can be headed with pace. We drop in far too many long, high, looping crosses (and corners) which are a dream for defenders as they are so easy to clear, yet so hard for a forward to get any pace on. I agree that a fit Pilks should be our natural left winger with Redmond on the right where he was so effective at Birmingham. If Hughton's plan is to operate his wide men as strikers they need to be told to get into the box. But if they do and we provide no service from wide, it is pointless. And anyway we have three recognised strikers!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • i've been saying for a long time im surprised Redmond isn't used on the right wing more, considering its his natural position and strongest to. The birmingham fans i've spoken said they were shocked we haven't been playing him on the right as thats where he played for them 99.9% of the time. Its good to offer different options with players cutting in etc...but we are far to predictable. Teams know thats our game. Look at the Watford game, Hooper said himself how good it was to have a naturual right footed player put a cross in from the right. Thats the kind of cross he and the likes of RVW are crying out for. Mix it up City. :)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • I agree with your team Trevor but for Snodgrass and I'm also still unsure of who's best to put up front, as our set up is not a side for strikers. As excellent as Snodgrass is when we go forward he hasn't got great pace and he can't cross in with his right foot. He spends his time working it onto his left or trying to walk it into the box. We need to whip good strong crosses in early for the strikers to get on to which is pretty non-existent at the moment. We're much more direct with Redmond on the right and Pilks on the left, Snodgrass could try playing there if possible. Hughton was saying the Wolf needs to get used to our style of play, which is basically you get maybe one chance per game, other than that you're a distraction for the midfield to get forward. Surely we should be playing for our £8.5 million striker and not the other way around? What's the point spending all that money when he never gets a chance? May as well have resigned Aaron Wilbraham and stuck him up there wouldn't have made a difference I don't think.

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    Drossel

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • I hope he plays Redmond on the right and Hooper gets a decent amount of game time for this one. Harnessing a feelgood factor will be a two way street with all the gooners coming back from international success, we need to play out of our skins (and maybe a stroke of luck!)

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    GossVolley

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • I noted that Whittaker was not even on the bench for Scotland and is not mentioned in the above report, does this mean he is another who has picked up an injury I wonder. I am sure we will start the game this weekend with the same midfield and surely Olsson has done more than enough to keep the left back slot. My starting team would be Ruddy, Olsson, Bassong, Bennett, Martin, Redmond,Fer, Howson, Tettey, Snodgrass, and finally I would start with Elmander up front as we need a target man to feed off for what will be a tough away game. I would put Bennett alongside Bassong as the gooners are a very quick attacking force and he is fleet of foot compared to Turner so horses for courses as they say.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • Here, Here, Steady On! I feel Norwich have a fighting chance tomorrow. They're certainly on the ascendency as far as their form goes. The Gunners are a side in top form, though. Frankly, I would settle for a close defeat as long as the boys play their hearts out the way they have the last two games. Hopefully we sneak out with a point or three!

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • It's just about a year ago to the day that City upset the applecart when most people were predicting a two goal defeat.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, October 18, 2013

  • Anyone feeling an upset for tomorrow? I am feeling a big more fan unity after the performance vs Chelsea where we went toe to toe and were unlucky and that ridiculous article where the guy proclaimed we should relegate ourselves and most of you gave the appropriate response. Hold the line guys, good times coming.

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    Steady On

    Friday, October 18, 2013

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