Norwich City boss Chris Hughton knows stopping Southampton’s ‘fab four’ tonight is the key to a first away win of the season.

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Only Fulham have scored more goals at home outside the top six than the newly-promoted Saints – largely through the combined efforts of potent attacking quartet Adam Lallana, Jason Puncheon, Rickie Lambert and Gaston Ramirez.

The £12m Uruguayan international was on target in the weekend home win over Newcastle that pushed Nigel Adkins’ squad out of the bottom three ahead of the Canaries’ visit.

“They thoroughly deserved the victory and they are a team who you can tell are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment,” said Hughton. “They are off the back of a good win at QPR and they took that form into the Newcastle game.

“At certain stages it became quite open and I think that type of game suits them with the front players they have and the full backs, who get into good attacking positions. As a team we will have to defend well against them. They have conceded goals, but that was a good clean sheet and we know what they are capable of.

“For us, it is about showing the confidence we have of late and trying to nullify the qualities they have got. That is what has got us through this run. We won’t under-estimate them. They have a lot of good options.”

Hughton insists Southampton’s attacking prowess has come as no surprise to him after adding multi-million pound additions in the summer.

“When you look at Jay Rodriguez, who I think they paid £7m for, who is on the bench at the moment and, of course, Ramirez – who looks a real quality player – they spent really big money on him,” he said.

“I saw a lot of them last season and I thought they were really excellent, they way they played. A very offensive team, who can always score goals, and I think in this division they’ll score goals. What they have found more difficult is making sure they don’t concede them, but they got both ends right on Sunday and they looked a very good outfit.”

City have claimed three consecutive Premier League draws on the road in recent weeks and Hughton is confident the visitors’ can contain Southampton’s obvious threat.

“They have really good movement from the front four and the two full-backs,” he said. “At home they create a wonderful atmosphere and I think when they’re like that there is no doubt they have dangerous players but we’re conscious of that and we have to make sure that we’re aware we’re going into the game in good form as well. We are on the back of a few draws away from home, which in this division are always good points, and we’ve got to make sure we are as hard to beat as we have been.”

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14 comments

  • CanaryWest, you need to expect Mad Brewer to get a bit upset at any comment other than whole-hearted endorsement by his small but loyal army of sycophants. Timbo just happens to be one of the more unpleasant ones, who I notice has curtailed his snide postings about CH since we started winning.

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    Canary on the moon

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Err, I would kinda expect someone to score when you've paid £12million for them!!

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Mixed Feelings about tonight. It will be wonderful if we win and get three points. If the worst happens though, it's not all doom and gloom....Vanilla will be back in the bottom three!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Mad Brewer hasnt found the need to comment on this yet?!? I nearly fell off my chair.

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • You are right Wiseman...you would expect some value for money. Makes you wonder how they can afford to spend so much on strikers when all we seem to buy are midielders. The back 4 has been addressed so I look forward to seeing how we address our striking needs in January. The problem is if WE add an attacker who do you leave out?

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Well that makes sense wisemanthree, Champagne Charlies obviously need a lot of shampoo

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Have put Ramirez in my Fantasy Premier team so he won't be scoring anymore!

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    Chilly62

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Does the "more you pay, the more goals you get" theory apply to Carroll and Torres?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • i was thinking of a 2 goal advantage to City, and then at the weekend the wearsiders. Who holds that friendship cup or was it shared last season. go back 12 months , newly promoted team had at least 3 regular goalscorers and they were being praised.this year soton are scoring but not winning too many and shouldn't tonight.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • This is an extremely interesting game. Two different styles. If we sit back we'll get done with their firepower and all that. We have to take the game to them to get anything out of this one. Treat it like we're the home team, that'll blow them away! Unfortunately CH doesn't play like this, I think we'll lose 3-1. Like to be proved wrong though.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Sorry to disappoint you, CanaryWest. Hope you make sure you are strapped into your chair in future - you might hurt yourself! How high is it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • John Ruddy out for up to 3 months, I'm hitting the panic button, he's absolutely class, I do like Bunn from what I saw against Spurs but Ruddy is on another level. NOOOOO.

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    Billy

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Swiss, the truth will be revealed soon that Torres and Carroll were actually bought for 50p each, the remainder of the transfer fee was for shampoo.

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Never mind lads. We have the £450,000 Holty ranged against them. They don't stand a chance. Canary West- does your chair have a detachable easy-clean plastic tray, so your Mum can clean it up when you spill your Cow + Gate porridge over it .?

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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