December 10 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, August 16, 2013
Chris Hughton revealed yesterday one of the keys to Norwich City’s Premier League fortunes is unlocking the goalscoring potential of his new strikeforce.
Big-money arrivals Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper have the pedigree to fire in the top flight, but Hughton knows the key is providing Norwich’s frontmen with productive supply lines.
“It’s now our responsibility to give them the ammunition they need to be able to do what they do best,” he said. “That’s the challenge but this is such a tough league and every game is a tough game. Can you play a very open game? Well you can if you want to score goals but you are also going to concede goals as well so it’s about getting the balance right. But what both players have on their CVs is that they score goals and that is a good habit. I think where we finished last season told a fair story, but with three games to go we were one of eight teams who could have been relegated. That’s how tough this division is. We would like to have been more consistent over the season.
“I don’t think it will be any easier this season. We will have to go into every game with the same mental attitude we did last season.”
Hughton, speaking at yesterday’s official Premier League launch, accepts City’s summer spending will raise expectations they can build on two mid-table finishes ahead of Everton’s opening day visit.
“It’s normal that expectations rise a little but you only have to look at the clubs around us, what they have been doing. They have been improving their squads as well,” he said. “We have brought in what we believe are good players for the squad and we will continue to do that right through to the end of the transfer window. We want to develop and really make progress as a club. That doesn’t necessarily mean finishing in a higher position. What it means is securing our position in this division for another season and to see real positives from the season. We have finished in two very good positions, we have brought players in and this is our third season in this division. If people look at it in a different light than they did at the beginning of last season that’s something you have to expect - and we will try to live up to it.”
Hughton is fully aware of the threat European contenders Everton will pose at Carrow Road under new boss Roberto Martinez.
“Everton have been a team with a good footballing philosophy for so long now,” he said. “I think there might be some changes with the new manager but what’s embedded in that club will remain the same. It’s always exciting come the new season - and even more this time.”
Perhaps it takes a Premier League victory forged through adversity to view Norwich City in a more reflective light.