Norwich City’s travel sickness is a concern for Chris Hughton
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Chris Hughton is under no illusions Norwich City must find a cure for their travel sickness.
The Canaries' latest Premier League defeat at Newcastle was their fifth in six away games in the top flight this season and Hughton accepts that increases the pressure to perform at Carrow Road ahead of Crystal Palace's visit.
'Yes of course if you are not picking up the points away then it does make the home games even more important,' he said. 'Our last away points now were at Stoke and that was a very, very good performance but we have had some tough ones. Arsenal and Manchester City away are always difficult and Newcastle was a tricky one as well. You look at the table and the statistics and generally clubs we are competing with find it tougher to pick up points away from home.
'But I certainly do not look at those games as being tougher and we certainly do not prepare any differently or say anything differently to the players. Whether it is home or away is not what I focus on. It is just the next challenge and that is Crystal Palace and what we need to do now is try to carry on from our second half performance. At half-time the message was we could not afford to concede again and if we didn't we felt we had a chance to get back into it. I was delighted how we finished the game and we need to take that into (Crystal) Palace.'
Leroy Fer's thumping late header was Norwich's first in three away matches but Hughton remains convinced City do have the players to improve their goal tally this season.
'We know we haven't scored enough goals as a side but I don't think it is becoming a mental thing,' he said. 'We came into the Newcastle game on the back of scoring three goals against a side who up until that game had only conceded one away all season. We are getting into the right areas and we feel we are creating chances but it is the pivotal moments. Goals decide games and if we concede soft ones we make it so tough for ourselves.'
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