December 6 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Norwich City’s final finishing position in the Premier League is the only statistic that matters to Chris Hughton.
The Canaries’ boss had a simple response when presented with the evidence City currently have the lowest possession figures of any of their top flight rivals.
“No, its not a cause for concern because it is about how you play the game,” he said. “If you were able to look at last season’s statistic it probably wasn’t as favourable as other teams either, but we had a good finishing position. Having the bulk of possession doesn’t guarantee you win the game. It is about a philosophy to try and win games, whether you do try to do that by operating on the counter-attack or like the big teams such as Arsenal and Chelsea who have one centre-forward and look for great movement from midfield areas. We know it’s tougher for the likes of ourselves.”
Hughton has plenty of options at his disposal for Aston Villa’s visit with only Elliott Bennett (knee) sidelined by injury. City’s relative squad depth has been underlined by the likes of Martin Olsson and Wes Hoolahan’s omission from matchday squads during the opening weeks.
“Wes was involved in the first games but it was simply a case that he was left out at Tottenham,” said Hughton. “What I have apart from Elliott is a fully-fit squad and some big decisions to make regarding the bench as much as the team.
“We know Elliott is going to be a longer-term one but of course I have good options to choose from. When you pick substitutes you consider the tactical eventuality and Wes is still very much in our plans.”