Can Norwich City maintain their habit of winning when necessary as Hull come to town?

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton will be hoping his side continues its habit of winning crunch matches when Hull visit on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City manager Chris Hughton will be hoping his side continues its habit of winning crunch matches when Hull visit on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Saturday, January 18, 2014
6:15 AM

Norwich City have made a habit of winning when they have to – and Chris Hughton’s tenure in charge at Carrow Road may rest on them doing so again on Saturday afternoon.

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Wins over West Ham, Crystal Palace and at West Brom have all had the desired effect this season, but with the Canaries winless over their last eight games in all competitions, City face the same challenge with the Premier League visit of new boys Hull (3pm).

“We know what a win over Hull will do for us,” said Hughton. “We then go into another home game against Newcastle and then a game at Cardiff – and everybody at this club is working and fighting as hard as we can to make sure we get the results we need to get.”

City’s FA Cup exit at Fulham on Tuesday night was the final straw for many City fans. Yet Hughton is confident victory Saturday – to move City level on points with the Tigers – would change the last week’s mood music.

“We know that we’re on a disappointing run at the moment, and the best way to solve that one is to show the grit and determination that you need to win games,” added Hughton.

“It shows in this division how tight that it is, that its not only us – there are a few clubs that I think are within six points of each other – something like 10 places. That’s how tight it is.

“But we will be doing everything we can to make sure that we are the team that creeps away from that.”

21 comments

  • I agree, a 4-0 win prediction for us is ridiculous. I think a 0-4 score line to Hull would actually be more believable, given their new strike partners. Whatever the score, if we do scrape a win in this game, it is not acceptable to be scraping the odd win when the pressure is on Hughton. Hughton should be sending the team out to perform week in week out for the loyal fans, not just when its absolutely necessary to keep him a job for a little longer!

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    Henry

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Blimey Mattias! You've Inspired me to put on my black errea long sleeve with the initials NA on the right booby from last year's Youth Cup winning squad. It's quite possible the original owner may be caretaker manager by the end of the day!

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Simples....today is D Day for Chris Hughton. Lose today and he'll probably be unemployed befor tomorrow's Sunday lunch.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Oh, waclor, don`t talk-up the Dementers! Actually, I suppose talc-up would be more appropriate for those infants. I really don`t want to see Norwich relegated; it would be the biggest lost opportunity imaginable for the club and fans. The executive classes at Carra Rud surely share that sentiment as their coffers grow ever heavier with Sky TV dosh. Only results will decide the issue and that`s down to the manager and the players. I have to say, I`ve never seen such a display of Group underachievement by a set of players. We`ve had uninspirational managers before; Roeder, Grant, Gunn. I`d forgive Worthy `cos at least he got us promoted - but we were dire in the Prem. under him. Hoots has been a great disappointment. I hope "he" keeps us up then departs gracefully so we can tackle the task with belief next time. L1 is not that far away - it`s happened before.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • *burglecut got to say i completely agree he's lost majority of the fans and i honestly don't think it's possible to get that back.

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    kingpin

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Bearing in mind our current poor form a prediction of a 4:0 win for NCFC is frankly verging on the rediculous

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    Trevor Sadd

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • A one nil Norwich win would surely bring Steady On back onto this board telling all us "Pant-wetters" that Hughton is a brilliant manager and will get us in the Champions League next season. Well he's a pr@t and so it Hughton. two nil Hull.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I use to have a lucky charm which was always saying to mates on the train and at the groundpub that we would lose or my classic "I have a bad feeling about today"....regardless of what I really thought in my head. That stopped working when Chris Hughton Arrived.....I tried all sorts and discovered wearing the good old same underwear and shirt (classic milk cup shirt) to match days did the trick during the 10 game run where we fluke alot of draws but a run is a run. Since then ive tried everything....and I mean everything to get karma on our side. So today ive today Im going to write on these boards.....(wait for it)......out of work hours! If this works I will be forced to post out of hours as well as when im sitting there twiddling my thumbs at work! I'll go for 1-0.....to NORWICH (What has come over me?????) Game of very few chances for either side as there 3 man centre back group mops up all our long balls forward to our imaginary target men....but we get the break through via a deflected Hooper goal in front of the N&P stand (because that be typical considering my ST is in the Lower Barclay). Chris Hughton is then once again deemed the messiah, fans rejoice around the city, its declared we have turned that elusive corner, the players gel status is complete, Hughton is entered into the NCFC Hall of Fame, Were praised heavily for beating Hull...who may I remind you "are a very good side who can cause problems" and then an open top bus parade is organized for Monday evening followed by a civic reception. Hurrah! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Lobbo made a mistake; he thought E. Benno was back from injury, this causing a rush of optimism. That`s right is it not, Lobbo ol` buddy? ;-) Definition of Virgin on the Ridiculous: A nun astride a clown.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • so no wins In 8 games and is it really only 9 wins in 42 games ???!?!!?!! Yet he's still in charge.. The realist in me says we are doomed yet the supporter in me says we can win .. stupid I know. Come on city!!

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    kingpin

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • My prediction, 4-0 to City. But is that a good thing or not?

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Hull have played above themselves this season and shown great spirit - something that did two years ago but seem to lack now. We have a lot more quality in our squad but it hasn't really jelled yet this season. City v Hull today is a critical game and one that we simply must be looking to win. If we don't then we will be standing on very thin ice. I guess to the neutral this is all very exciting with major battles going on at the top and at the bottom of the PL. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Lobbo. I cannot recall seeing us score four goals at home this season so that would be a first. In fact the team always seems to revert to a seige mentality if either team scores as it would appear the CH thinks a 1-0 defeat is preferable to try to get back on terms. One thing is for sure, this is a massive game for us and anything other than a win will not go down well.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Well my new lucky charm worked I supposed. Hughton was all but sacked with 3 minutes to go. Utterly shocking, hopeless display until we managed to re-kindle something from last season. A goal from a set piece. The silly thing is last season when we were fairly solid defensively the moans were we couldnt score from anything but a corner or free kick. This season we cant defend or score....until Mr Ryan Bennett who I had 1st goalscorer popped up (and the keeper went into no mans land). Hurrah.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • People would have laughed a 4-0 win against West Brom out of court at the end of last season as well. Bad form isn't set it stone, it only takes one win to get the momentum in the other direction.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • It's time for Chris to stop the talking and do the walking !!!

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    leslie cater

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • City lose today, and fail to score? Hughton will be gone by Monday - I'm sure of it!

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    Dissaster

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • What's the point in all these polls, we already know the majority of fans have had enough of Hughton! Today's game is irrelevant win lose or draw he has to go.

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Lobbo is that 4-0 to Norwich City or 4-0 to Hull City?

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    yarco

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • A one nil Norwich win would surely bring Steady On back onto this board telling all us "Pant-wetters" that Hughton is a brilliant manager and will get us in the Champions League next season. Well he's a pr@t and so it Hughton. two nil Hull.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Let`s hope we don`t suffer from the "Shane Long Effect". Lobbo, that scoreline would`ve been credible had E. Benno been playing. You know it makes sense! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

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