Saturday, January 18, 2014
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.
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.”