Chris Hughton has no doubt his Norwich City players know exactly what it will take to stay in the Premier League again this season.

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City returned from Newcastle pointless to prolong that search for an elusive top flight win, but the City chief insists the Canaries will meet the challenge head on to try and end that unwanted statistic against Liverpool this weekend at Carrow Road.

“Arguably it might come in the game that no-one expects us to do it,” said Hughton. “We have to show that same resolve and quality to give ourselves a chance. We certainly set (points) targets for groups of games.

“It is something the players very much buy into, but the beauty about our game is that possibly at a moment when nobody fancies you to get a result, you do pick one up. It is 11 against 11 and you have to make sure you have a group of players who show no fear where ever they go. If that is the case you are always capable of getting a result.

“We are conscious of where we are as a club, the quality we are up against. That is always the challenge and we have a group of lads who accept that. Is it about survival? We don’t know where it will take us.

“Ultimately, for a club like ours in the second season back in the Premier League it is about staying in the division. But in that respect we are no different to the team last season at this stage. We would have the same outlook.”

Hughton is getting used to deflecting questions over City’s relative lack of Premier League goals after a second consecutive blank in the north-east left Norwich’s tally stuck on two in five matches.

“It is always a concern but in each game we have played in the last four we have created chances,” he said.

“I have said before my fear would be not creating. We need to be more clinical and possibly have that little bit of good fortune, but the endeavour is good.

“There is a lot of character in this team. They want to get on the ball, they want to be brave in possession and that is something we will need to continue. I think Newcastle was similar in many respects to the previous Tottenham game when I thought some of our best football came after we conceded. You have to stay mentally strong and keep getting in those positions.”

Hughton has pledged to make changes for tomorrow’s Capital One Cup third round home tie against Doncaster Rovers ahead of Liverpool’s pending league visit.

Midfield duo Elliott Bennett and Jacob Butterfield are both pushing to be involved.

“What we have at the moment is a very competitive squad,” he said. “Elliott is very close and Jacob has not had a senior game yet so I do have good options to change around and I will do.”

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11 comments

  • brew,my old buddy.wherefore art thou.

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • To be clinical up front, you need to have professional strikers who take chances as they come up. Good as he is, Surman's miss on Sunday was proof that not many midfield players have this ability. For a manager to admit he is relying on "a little bit of good fortune" is quite frankly pathetic. The only fortune in consideration is the fortune you will have cost the club in lost television fees come next May.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • only one striker in our 25 left to try and thats Chris Martin. Oooh boy.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • We all know our problem is scoring goals at the moment, therefore why was James Vaughan allowed to go on loan to Huddersfield. He was scoring more goals in the pre season than anyone else, & since being at huddersfield, has continued to score goals, so why ????

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    Paul Mark

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Chris looks more concerned than confident in this pic. Never mind..! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Come on Mr Hughton, Chin UP! There is no need to prove your worth to us..Look carefully at the team you select -we all have our own ideas. follow me and you won't go far wrong!As I've hinted in previous postings, write the name HOOLAHAN in the middle of a sheet of paper, and fill in the rest around him. Then let the players get on with it. Take a seat high in the stand, and watch the action from there. Adjustments can be made if necessary.

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Actually NorthCity, strikers can lose form over night eg Moro stopped scoring last December and has only scored once since. I agree that missing chances shows more promise than not creating them but they both result in no goals, not enough points and relegation. With all the midfield players we have, we ought to be creating chances but there is nobody to convert them eg Surman's miss on Sunday. Doc, you are correct about JV's last two seasons but how galling is it having waited two seasons, to see him finally playing and scoring for another team. It wasn't as is we had a replacement for him either.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • I have to say I was surprised he chose Martin over vaughan but I feel he is concerned re fitness. If Vaughan manages a full season I'll be delighted and I don't think we should let him go in the next window. Of course he still hasn't proved himself as a goalscorer, doesn't everybody score against Ipswich?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • I keep hearing about "premier pedigree". I am really not sure what pedigree Vaughan has. Due to injury has he played double figures of game in any of the last 3 season's?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Because JV (reportedly) is one of the highest earners at the club c.25kweek or month, we can't miss what we didn't have last season......secondly our strikers haven't suddenly become cow dung over night or since the close season. Did every suddenly expect us to beat teams comfortably this season? If so why? Just because we did well last season, it was obvious even then that we'd struggle this season with or without major team investment. We're not struggling to create chances, just converting them. When the former starts happening then people should get worried, until then stop the naysaying, get behind the team and the manager! OTBC & IHWT

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    NorthCity

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Why have we ended up with James Vaughan being on loan at Huddersfield and a loan signing from Spurs who might be one for the future but has no current premier league pedigree.

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    andys

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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