Norwich City boss Chris Hughton wary of West Ham captain Kevin Nolan’s goalscoring threat

West Ham United's in-form Kevin Nolan is a man to watch for Norwich City in Tuesday's Premier League trip to Upton Park. Picture: PA West Ham United's in-form Kevin Nolan is a man to watch for Norwich City in Tuesday's Premier League trip to Upton Park. Picture: PA

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
7:10 AM

Chris Hughton believes Norwich’s strikeforce can draw inspiration from Kevin Nolan’s goalscoring antics ahead of trying to thwart West Ham’s captain in Tuesday’s Premier League trip to Upton Park.

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Nolan is the most prolific player in the top flight on current form after taking his tally to four goals in two outings following a second consecutive brace in the weekend 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

The 31-year-old’s goals have cushioned the loss of suspended England striker Andy Carroll, but Hughton is adamant his men have the same quality to emulate Nolan and improve their own modest goal tally.

“West Ham have shown when they need a goalscorer or that bit of inspiration Kevin Nolan has come up trumps for them, and that is the type of individual he is,” said Hughton. “To score four goals in two games illustrates how fine the margins are and how much that can change things. Offensively we need to be better, we know that. We are conscious of that. It is frustrating but all you can do as a manager is keep working, keep encouraging them to get into the right positions. We would be worried if the lads were not getting into those positions. You see the chance for Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) at the end of the Manchester City game and that would have given all of us a massive lift. When that ball was fired across on another day he gets a touch and scores. You don’t want to heap pressure on them. You want them to play their natural game.”

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16 comments

  • Turned up an interesting fact from this seasons results, West Ham are the top team with 12 games without conceding a goal and surprising it maybe that Norwich have played 9 games without conceding!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Another interesting stat is that CH has made 60 substitutions in league games, none of which has led to a goal or an assist. Unlucky or clueless - discuss.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Perhaps his substitution strategy is based on the children`s picture-card game, "Misfits". Maybe it should be called a substitution tragedy?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I wonder if the tight run in might save us? I hope the title is decided soon so some of the top teams might rest their World Cup players for the final few games!

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    Oz Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Waclor, you have lost me there. Am I missing something?

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Maybe we need to put Redmond in behind Hooper? His pace and direct running would create problems and create space in their defence. It might give Hooper a better chance on goal or get Redmond a penalty or two.

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    Oz Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Good stat, blackdog2. 9 clean sheets including four 1-0 wins (+ a 2-0). So vital points gained there, as we rarely score more than 1 (done it just 3 times this league season, 7 points resulting). We seem to suffer from `Floodgate Syndrome` vs the top clubs, eg Liverpool, ManC and Ar$enal in particular. Hopeful signs that Yobo will help, though, simultaneously, Ryan Bennett gets injured and once again we have scant CB cover. Do players get injured more these days? Or are injuries more `injury avoidance` should a player have a slight strain etc - which might have been played thro` in the Old Days? Just food for thought. Need to avoid defeat tonight, minimum. Trouble is, West Ham are in the same boat.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • If anything we look stronger with Pilks and Tettey back in the squad. I'd like to see us stick with the same team as last weekend. Maybe bring on Wes in behind RVW for the last 20 mins. Tonight is a must win if we want to push on an avoid relegation. All the teams around us have to play each other so a chance to pick up places.

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    Oz Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • They should be wary of Nolan. Here is a player who can cause you very serious damage. Right down the back of your leg and anywhere else he puts his boots in. He`s also not fussy about other nasty habits on the field. A gifted player who has a very nasty streak.

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    willb

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I wonder if Big Sam is equally wary of RvW? Somehow I doubt it.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • No discussion necessary La Barbe or should that be "La Barbe-Anne" on another thread see above? Put my vote down as "Clueless".

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I can't see anything in the body of the article that supports the headline here?

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • la barbe, I think the latter is more likely the truth. The problem seems to be that CH never has a plan B and all he ever does is like for like subs. There has also been the odd game when his subs make no sense at all, putting Wes on the right wing late on in one game for example whilst Fer was on the left wing.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I think MB that absences through injury are often precautionary these days. Players are now multi-million pound assets and therefore are treated as such. I dare say years ago Howson would have played through his back problem and RVW would have simply stuffed some cotton wool into his boot to protect his injured toe! My father says he can remember Duncan Forbes playing with cracked ribs...

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Wouldn't it be nice if Sam Allerdyce was saying beware of City's goalthreat. 3 points tonight please and , oh just please.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • brew,re your post on injuries.i wonder if there is something wrong on the training ground.we seem to get so many long term injuries now

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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