Monday, September 17, 2012
Norwich City were left to reflect on two more points dropped at home as a daunting sequence of Premier League matches looms – but manager Chris Hughton is determined his players remain in a positive frame of mind.
Three successive draws – two of them at Carrow Road – have left the Canaries still searching for their first league victory of the campaign as they prepare to take on Newcastle, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa in the next five games.
After the goalless draw against West Ham, Hughton said: “They are tough games but the last four were tough games as well and the next three or four after that will be tough. For us every game will be a tough game.
“The positives are we haven’t lost for three games and we haven’t lost here at Carrow Road, so I think you have to look at the performance.
“There can be disappointment that you haven’t won the game and that we haven’t got the goals to win the game, but I don’t think anyone could question the endeavour of the players to try to win the game.
“I’d certainly be sitting here more concerned if we weren’t creating any chances. The fact is we are, and when you’re playing against the quality teams you’re not going to be creating loads of clear-cut chances because they’re tight games. But certainly I felt we did enough today and I thought on the balance of play we had enough to have won the game.
“We certainly will make sure the players are very aware of what the positives are.”
Hughton faces one of his former clubs for the third game in a row when City visit Newcastle next Sunday (3pm).
“I think we have to remain positive,” he said. “We know against the quality sides it’s more difficult. Every game for us is a difficult game and a challenge. So is there frustration that we haven’t got more points here?
“Yes, there is because you go away to Tottenham and get a draw and that’s a very good result, but against Queens Park Rangers here and West Ham here I felt we should have had – and deserved – three points from both games.
“Defensively we’re certainly looking more solid as a team, but we need something that’s going to get us points.”
In the second of a three-part series dissecting the Canaries’ successful battle to retain their Premier League status, Norwich City writer Paddy Davitt examines the relationship between the artists and the artisans in Norwich’s midfield.