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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Chris Hughton has no doubt his Norwich City players know exactly what it will take to stay in the Premier League again this season.
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.”
A magnificent solo goal by midfielder Jonny Howson clinched a notable victory for Norwich City as they wrapped up their season by beating Premier League runners-up Manchester City on their own ground.