Attacking change always an option for Norwich City boss Chris Hughton

Norwich City's attacking spearhead mirrored Swansea's at Carrow Road.

Norwich City's attacking spearhead mirrored Swansea's at Carrow Road. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton insists he is not afraid to revise his attacking formula in pursuit of the goals to secure Norwich City's Premier League survival.

The Canaries scored twice for the first time since February 23 at the weekend in a 2-2 home draw against Swansea, with Hughton opting to retain Kei Kamara in a lone front-running role before introducing Grant Holt in the closing stages.

Robert Snodgrass and Elliott Bennett both impressed down the flanks in support of Kamara and Hughton is adamant his approach during recent home games illustrates he is willing to change course.

'It's not a question of not doing it. We've had a couple of games here, Everton and Southampton, where we have gone that way and played two up front,' he said.

'It's certainly something I'm always thinking about. It's about the opposition and the decision on the day. You look at Michu, who has been really consistent for Swansea this season, and he can produce a goal out of nothing. I just feel we have to work hard for our goals and flood those type of areas. There is a balance.


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'It is my decision on what I see is the best team for a particular game.

'If I go back to the Wigan performance (when the Canaries lost 1-0 at the DW Stadium) we had got into the final third more often than any other away game this season. I knew we could do that and get bodies into the box but it is about delivery and the quality of delivery.

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'If you look at Elliott, before the first goal, he had two poor crosses but certainly it gives us a chance to score goals when we get the delivery right.'

City's attacking spearhead mirrored Swansea's at Carrow Road with Luke Moore supported by Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge. Hughton believes that is now the preferred option across most of the Premier League.

'It's just trying to get the balance,' he said. 'Although we're at home, if you look at the Premier League you probably won't see another team that's playing two wingers and two players up front, which is what we have with Robert and Elliott. If it's a different type of midfield player in a wide area, then possibly you would be tempted to go with two up front.

'I think certainly Wes (Hoolahan) in the role that he plays has been able to have some influence on the games. I knew the way Swansea played. They play through midfield, so that was my decision. I do think in this division it is very difficult to play with two wingers and two forwards up front. You have to have some sort of balances in the team and generally that is what I've tried.'

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