Norwich City’s strikeforce have to master the mind games to boost their Premier League goal tally

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper was denied twice at West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Imag

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper was denied twice at West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton has urged Norwich City's strikers to prove they can handle the mind games to boost the club's paltry Premier League goal tally.

The Canaries' latest blank in a 2-0 defeat at West Ham meant Hughton's squad have now mustered 19 goals in 26 league games to slip ever closer to the bottom three.

Hughton knows five-goal top scorer Gary Hooper and the rest of Norwich's frontline must prove their worth where it matters over the run-in.

'We work on finishing most days, certainly the strikers and wide players, but it is about doing it on a match day when the pressure is on to produce. We have found it difficult,' he said. 'Where we have improved is defensively as a unit. The area we still need to improve is goals.

'Even in a game like Manchester City where a draw was a fair result we had those late chances to change the game. You look at a team like Manchester City and the number of goals they have scored and it shows the quality of the individuals they have to convert those chances. We need to be a little more aggressive ourselves in the same situations.'

Hughton has shuffled personnel and formations in recent weeks in a bid to unlock the Canaries' scoring potential.

'We have got to look at ourselves because if we are creating the amount of chances we have then you have to be scoring goals,' he said. 'The concern is obviously there but it would be a bigger concern if we were not creating chances. If you don't create chances you look as a manager at how to change things to get ourselves into goalscoring positions. Do you play two up top, do you work on wide players getting into the box? We can only keep doing lots of finishing on the training pitch and we have to be more clinical.'

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