Norwich City bidding to end opening day league curse
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Norwich City will strive to end a wretched opening day league curse when they discover their first opponents of the new 2013/14 Premier League season tomorrow morning.
The Canaries have failed to win a first day league fixture since hammering Grimsby 4-0 back in August 2002.
Chris Hughton's tenure started with a 5-0 humbling at Fulham 12 months ago before City responded with a club-record unbeaten Premier League run that underpinned an impressive 11th-placed finish.
Hughton's managerial predecessors have fared little better in recent campaigns, with an opening day draw at Wigan on their return to the top flight in 2011 breaking a sequence of defeats that numbered a chastening 7-1 reverse to Colchester on their first outing in the third tier of English football for 50 years.
Both the club's opening day fixtures since returning to the Premier League have come away from Carrow Road, where Hughton's squad were beaten four times last season in a league record only bettered by the top six. The Canaries also claimed the notable scalps of champions Manchester United and Champions League qualifiers Arsenal during a landmark unbeaten run which repaired much of the damage from those early season struggles.
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'The ironic thing was if I looked at the first seven games we had two really poor ones,' said Hughton. 'The first one away at Fulham and Liverpool at home. We picked up three draws, with Tottenham away being one where we had a good performance. We should have won the West Ham game at home and QPR at home.
'You could call it a mixed start and we certainly would have liked more points than the three from seven games, but then we had that run where we picked up a lot of points.'
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• Log on to the pinkun.com on Wednesday morning from 9am to find out the Canaries' fixtures for the 2013/14 Premier League season. Former Norwich City stalwart Darren Eadie will also join our sports writers to give his reaction to the fixtures in a Mustard TV special and don't miss our special four-page pull-out on Thursday with the Canaries' full Premier League guide.