Chris Hughton aims to feel the good vibrations in Premier League test at West Ham

Norwich City's Alex Tettey made a timely return against Manchester City and will be a key figure again in Tuesday's Premire League trip to West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Alex Tettey made a timely return against Manchester City and will be a key figure again in Tuesday's Premire League trip to West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
7:30 AM

Chris Hughton wants to cash in on the good vibes from a heartening tussle against Manchester City when they bid to end West Ham’s winning Premier League run on Tuesday night at Upton Park.

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The Hammers have beaten Swansea and Aston Villa as well as drawn at Chelsea in their last three league outings but Norwich will travel buoyed by the manner of their spirited display against the title-challenging Blues at Carrow Road.

“I really feel we are in a better place as a squad after that game in terms of belief,” said Hughton. “The feeling in the changing room at the end was a little bit mixed. There is no doubt given how good Manchester City is and the results they have picked up it was a good point, but it was tinged with a little bit of disappointment because we finished the game so strongly. It was a real spirited performance. We have to show that away from home, but we have done in recent months at Stoke and West Brom and a draw at Sunderland, so our away form has improved and we will need a lot of that in this game because West Ham is in good form. We will certainly have to show all that resilience again because they are on the back of a couple of wins. They have got the lift they needed and it is always a difficult place.”

Norwich play the majority of their direct rivals over coming weeks and Hughton accepts there is an added edge to those contests with so much at stake.

“We can speak about six pointers, but the reality is it is three points,” he said. “It is a bigger game, because it is against one of the teams who are around us in the table, and we are conscious of that. This part of the season will be full of these games, and not just for us, but the teams around us. They take on an added value and we have quite a few over these next few months.

“It would be a lie to say we were not looking at the other results. Once you get back into the changing room you are very keen to find out what the other results are, but that is not our main priority. We just have to make sure we get the points that we need.”

Hughton revealed yesterday Robert Snodgrass is still a doubt for the game at Upton Park after missing the weekend home draw. Ryan Bennett (thigh) and Jonas Gutierrez (calf) miss out with the Argentine set to be sidelined until the start of next month.

“With Jonas we are looking at about two or three weeks,” said Hughton. “It is not as bad as we first feared it might be and when you injure a calf it is always about the scale of the damage. We have a chance with Robert. He will have a fitness test before the game if we get to that stage with him, but he is looking a bit more promising.”

Wes Hoolahan will also be in the squad with Hughton downplaying reports over the weekend of potential loan interest from Championship trio Reading, Nottingham Forest and QPR. Fellow midfielder Jonny Howson is set to return to training next week after a long term lay-off with a back problem.

“I have seen those reports about Wes but I haven’t been told of any interest,” said Hughton. “What he has done is knuckle down, train hard and he is very much back in our plans. We are hopeful Jonny will train with the team next week, which is good news.”

19 comments

  • Goldie, I was thinking the very same thing earlier today, just what does our so called coaching team get up to I wonder. To lose three players at once following the Cardiff game is baffling, as is the back problem Howson has been out with. Players of old, such as Tony Adams used to simply have an injection and take to the field, these days it seems the slightest muscle pull and they are out for half a season. Is this another case of Health and Safety gone mad I wonder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • There`s coincidence, waclor - I was just about to say that the last time we had Good Vibrations at Carrow Road was the end of last season, when our boys beat West Brom`s Beach Boys, thereby avoiding relegation. Then went to ManC and proved they could Do It Again. You`re right on Steely`s `territory` there, waclor\anagram!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • With Howson back, it gives us really good options in central midfield. Johnson, Tettey and Fer were working a treat, but I wouldn't be surprised to see that rejigged to Tettey Fer and Howson at some point in the game. Love that Hughton is so keen to pursue 4-4-2 but I do think that's a work in progress.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Waclor, I`m sure when I asked you if your posting ID was an anagram you confirmed that it was! So, I have a 6-letter acronym to solve instead.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • For once a draw would do and if we turn up with Redmond on the right we might get it. West Ham looked slow at the back when we beat them here.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Wouldn't it be nice, to get a win tonight. God only knows if we ill. That's a challenge Steely and Brew, go for it.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Does Yaya Toure actually play football as well as fight, pull and kick. See photo

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    Jim

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • so wes is very much in his plans.i wonder what they are then?

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Goldie, I was thinking the very same thing earlier today, just what does our so called coaching team get up to I wonder. The mystery toe injury is one that springs to mind but to lose three players at once following the Cardiff game is baffling, as is the back problem Howson has been out with. Players of old, such as Tony Adams used to simply have a pain killing injection and take to the field, these days it seems the slightest muscle pull and they are out for half a season. Is this another case of Health and Safety gone mad I wonder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Brew it's acronym not anagram. I believe Anna Gram was a Belgian chemist in the late fifties.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Tonight may well depend on the team set up and you can be certain that WHU had a scout at Carrow Road on Saturday so they will be aware of the pace of Redmond. Likewise, they will have seen that he can tend to take wayward shots etc. They will also have noticed that our weakness is the right back so will possibly work on that area, Redmond may well need to think about tracking back from time to time. The real key to success may be a Plan B either at half time or early into the second half, something CH has not planned for too often this season. When we have gone a goal behind, he tends to sit on what he has got so to speak, rather than spinning the dice.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Tonight's game is vital. A chance for us to put more points between ourselves and West Brom, assuming they lose although in football as in life nothing is certain. Win and we're definitely on the road to salvation. Draw and we're still very much in the mix. Lose and we're deep in the relegation quagmire. OTBC!

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Waclor and Brew thanks for having a bit of confidence in me. However I'm not much good at putting those long 'pop song' based essays together. BP2 (who will now be on his 7 mile hike to Upton Park - hope he takes in the Bl@ck Lion en route) and Barking Wise are the men. GV I think was composed by Brian Wilson and Mike Love which was unusual, given that Love hated the more progressive music that Wilson was writing at the time. Love wanted to stick with the surfing stuff.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Strange how virtually every player that comes to NC ends up injured for a few weeks shortly after arriving, no wonder we get no consistancy in how the team plays. Is there something wrong with the training or do we only buy weeds.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Let's hope WHU are on the beach, boys.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Yes, a draw would be OK. Agree that Redmond on the right would give WHU something to worry about. Robert`s injury status may be the key selection criterion there.... Hopefully Essex Boy Hooper will celebrate a return to his roots by bagging a goal or two!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Stat from the bbc: Chris Hughton has made 60 substitutions in league games this season but not one of those changes has resulted in a goal or an assist.

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    EdamOnToast

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • There should be no ifs, buts or maybes tonight. We have to win this game. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Too soon for Howsen I believe - only now back in full training. Maybe bench at the weekend.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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