Chris Hughton wants to see Norwich City build on their current form with a first Premier League victory of the season tomorrow – but denied the run of games that follows makes it any more necessary.

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Sam Allardyce’s top-flight new boys West Ham United visit Carrow Road (12.45pm) before City face trips to Newcastle, Chelsea and Aston Villa – plus visits from Arsenal and Liverpool – in the lead-up to November.

It is a formidable run that would certainly look more palatable with three points this weekend, especially after the Canaries’ opening day debacle at Fulham was eased by draws with QPR and Tottenham.

“It would be nice to get that win because it puts those extra three points on the board and three points is a premium in this league,” said Hughton.

“A win is always massive – whether it’s home or away, against opponents you fancy or opponents you didn’t feel you would get anything from, whichever way it comes and whatever the performance.

“I’m delighted with the response and delighted with the performances (since Fulham). For me perhaps the only disappointment is I felt we deserved more than the two points.

“We as coaches and myself as manager and players, we got that first day very wrong – very much wrong. So it was about making amends, and that we have done in our performances. But now it’s about putting points on the board.

“We need to keep our form going from the last couple of games – what would be nice would be to go one step further and turn those draws into a win. But the performance will have to be as good as we have shown in the last couple of games, because they are a very strong outfit and they have had a good start to their season.”

Hughton admitted victory over the Hammers ahead of the upcoming games would be “desirable” – but you won’t be seeing the City boss buckling under the size of the clubs Norwich are set to face thereafter.

“There’s no extra pressure on us Saturday,” added Hughton. “The pressure is there in every game and a result or a three points can come in any fashion. We are striving for that win and it would be very nice if we happen to get it on Saturday.

“Irrespective of whether we go into a game against a team you feel will be in that bottom seven, or top four, the approach has to be exactly the same. You go into every game striving to get a win, particularly in our situation and the level we are at, particularly with your home games.

“What we must not do with the very tough fixtures is fear them. You have to embrace them and look to get something from them.

“West Ham is our next fixture, and your next one is always the first opportunity you have to get maximum points. We’re at home and we need to take full advantage of that.”

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7 comments

  • I wish I still had one of my motorbikes, Warrior. The 1961 Royal Enfield Bullet was my favourite. All that TLC to make it beautiful again! The guy who runs the Norfolk Motorcycle Museum owns it now. Doubt if he`d let me have the little beauty back now, at any price. :-(. PS: I, too, am a great admirer of the Dublin Wizard, RW.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • 3 points would be good. Although the Kiss of death has been put apon this game as it's live on SKY. Never mind fingers crossed that it's a positive result for City. If the weather is good I will take to the Wicklow Hills for some much needed Motor Cycle time and catch up when I get home.

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    RoadWarrior

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • I wonder if Hoolahoop will feature? If he does, suspect it will be from the bench. The guys in place did so well at Spurs. What riches to have SuperWes on the bench - and Tettey? And R. Bennett, Turner & Tierney. Mr. Bunn still not fit, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Mr. Brewer, you know I think Wes should start every game for City, however I am not the Manager. It's a 25 person squad so hopefully Wes will get a chance to play sooner rather than later!

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    RoadWarrior

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Funny old thing, a fixture list. You know long before the season starts who you will be playing, but not the order in which it happens. Trouble is, if you get a patch of "tough" fixtures and suffer for it, you then have to play "catch-up" against "weaker" opposition. I like the cut of Hoots` jib. Play the game, don`t be intimidated. Those years coaching at Spurs have given him.... patience. I bet Alan Bowkett finds him quite relaxing company after......... OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • One for free, on Route 503.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Funny old thing, a fixture list. You know long before the season starts who you will be playing, but not the order in which it happens. Trouble is, if you get a patch of "tough" fixtures and suffer for it, you then have to play "catch-up" against "weaker" opposition. I like the cut of Hoots` jib. Play the game, don`t be intimidated. Those years coaching at Spurs have given him.... patience. I bet Alan Bowkett finds him quite relaxing company after......... OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

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