Chris Hughton - Time for Norwich City to deliver
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Chris Hughton is demanding his squad turn plaudits into Premier League points.
The Canaries' chief has drawn plenty of encouragement from recent efforts in league and cup battles, but Hughton wants his men to deliver the points to propel the club up the standings.
'It's still very early in the season,' he said. 'Going into our eighth game last season we were sitting on three points. Now we are on seven points and we're one point from maybe being five places higher up the league. Last season didn't end up too badly for us as everyone knows. My concern is always to win football matches and of course if you are not you are not happy. We are still developing as a team and a club. We've introduced new lads like Leroy Fer, who missed a bit of pre-season and also the opening league game.
'Martin (Olsson) was another one who had a long period out injured and we had to tread a bit carefully with him. Its about managing that.
'What we can draw on is our form in the last few games and sometimes the position in the league does not reflect that. Even going back to (Aston) Villa I felt that was a game where we had numerous chances, we missed a penalty and our form since then has been very good. It's not just the performances but the results you are trying to balance.'
Hughton's search for forward momentum means finding a way past Arsene Wenger's table-toppers this weekend. The Norwich boss has hailed the Frenchman as a master of his craft after winning 11 major honours since arriving in England in 1996.
'He has been outstanding. For someone to keep the standards as high as he has for so long is superb,' he said. 'We all know the difficulties and the pressures of the modern game but he has always kept them in a good place.
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'The infrastructure, the stadium, the standing of the club and the way they have bounced back from adversity. I think the criticism he has had is unjust, but it is the modern world we live in.'