Chris Hughton confident Norwich City can avoid their traditional post-Christmas script

Chris Hughton Chris Hughton

Friday, January 24, 2014
8:00 AM

Chris Hughton is confident Norwich City can avoid their usual post-Christmas affliction and ensure a more comfortable second half to their Premier League campaign.

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The Canaries’ run of two wins in 19 games last campaign, including a pointless Christmas, threatened to turn around City’s efforts from a 10-game unbeaten into top-flight relegation – until back-to-back wins rounded off the campaign.

Norwich featured little better under Paul Lambert the season before, although two wins from 12 was a run that only kicked in come February – by which time City’s Premier League status was almost certainly secured for another year. And having looked jittery again this term, Hughton’s men took victory over Hull to arrest a six-game Premier League winless run. The City boss is confident the first half of 2014 will be a different story to the last two seasons.

“You try to get as many positives as you can from any spell – good or bad,” said Hughton. “If I looked at the good spell we had before Christmas, probably the only difference was it was a fairly settled team. Sometimes that can happen and you get that bit of momentum.

“We’ve made changes since last season and we’ve brought players in, and certainly missed some of the players that have been injured. Anthony Pilkington was very much a regular during that good period last season. Jonny Howson and Alex Tettey too, who’s been a big player for us. So there are always lots of things you think about as to why you’re not having as good a spell as what you would like. But you have to be confident and continue to work to ultimately put that right.”

Hughton added: “What encourages me is what I see in the changing room. They’re a good group that really wants to do well and they’re motivated to do well.”

40 comments

  • If CH is correct we will need to play better than we did on Saturday

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    leslie cater

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I am glad to hear that everything is now fixed and I am looking forward to success against Newcastle, Cardiff and Man City.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • BWise, I was unofficially nominated "Blogger of the Year" about 3 years back, but I`ve had no success since. Perhaps I should take the General`s genteel advice and just `shut up`? No, I won`t do that. Sorry! Btw1, I`m thicker skinned than a Tesco `market value` tomato, old fruit. Btw2, I was horrified to learn from Steven Fry that `Brazil nuts` are not nuts at all. He has sown the seeds of doubt. I bet he knows more about nuts, seeds and fruits than the rest of us put together.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Well said, mjc75!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • talked it up! theres the big story I spoke of......David Bell signs for King's Lynn. Whoop there it is.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Reminds me, I was once introduced to General Cliftonville. Now he was ..........................

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    waclor

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Boring, boring , boring, this constant bashing of Chris Hughton. Change the record for goodness sake. Some 'fans' assume that he is at the heart of all our ills. Absolute tosh. There are so many reasons why we are where we are and the manager is only part of the reason so get off his back, and get behind the lads, they need all the positivity they can get. Incidently anyone hear calls for Michael Laudrup to be sacked? No? Why's that then I hear you say? Because he has a record of 6 wins in the last 32 league games that's why, oh and look at all that money he spent!!!!

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    General Norwich

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Agree General - last time I looked at the table we were 12th - but you wouldn't think so to read these posts. If you try to be positive you get accused of having yellow coloured specs or being an Ipswich fan as I was a couple of weeks ago, but hey ho! Mattias - whilst you've got time on your hands you might want to learn the difference between Their, There and They're...Only saying... ;)

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    Konrad54

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • General I can accept that the players are not immune when it comes to criticism , however style of play is wholly down to CH and how he sets them up . As for this absurd theory that if you are not happy with CH then you're not supporting the team , Bo¥$€%#s I was supporting the team long before that clown was given the job , and I'll still be here long after he's gone ;-))

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    mjc75

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Here's a tip for anyone frustrated with Hughtons constantly boring, predictable interviews. Dont read them! Im a lot happier since I started ignoring interviews he does via radio or press. Constant 'what I should say' positive PR spin drives me round the bend. All managers do it but Hughton is especially bad for it. At least with Lambert & Peter Grant you couldnt understand what they were saying so it became a game trying to work it out.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Barking Wise, very observant. No Comment though lol!!!! Take that for what you will. I've only commented on this site outside of working hours once. Its a very slow time of year and we have the most bizarre site blocker in the world. Its seems to only take issue with the BBC website. (Never visit it and couldhave quite easily bypassed the filter anyway lol). Do I only cover 11%? Bit disappointed with that to be fair! Good comment Walcor regarding the used photo of Hughton. Why do I get the feeling there will be an NCFC related story today that goes beyond recycled stories from the last few days?

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Here we go again, My prediction is another terrible run and football as entertaining as watching paint dry. The final touches are being made to Hughton's squad also, with anyone resembling an attacking player being flogged off. This stops him from having to explain why we did not play them and yet could not score if were there till midnight! Oh well at least we have some defensive players coming in to complete the jigsaw. Maybe we will not concede a absolute hat full away every game at last. Dull, Dull, Dull. Oh well at least we may see some substitutions to change the game in the 89th minute!! Get him out

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    Ian Farrow

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Nice one waclor. Did he put his hand up? Risky; it might be misconstrued as a Quenelle or a "yap-yap-yap" gesture. I wonder if King`s Lynn is just a half-way-house for David Bell, in order to circumvent our ongoing feud with Notts County, which started in 1959 after they reneged on a reciprocal Bovril pricing agreement? Bell`s the obvious replacement for Wessi when we "sell" him to Kettering en route to Villa.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I hope you've studied the fixture list, Chris...

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Of course I'm a fan, Mattias. What's not to like? That piece about David Bell going to KL.......classic. In fact you've joined the short list for this years P.F.A. "Poster of the Year" (Brewer and BP2 are also on it). Previous winners of "Poster of the Year" include that bird in the tennis dress scratching her backside during a wardrobe malfunction (you know the one....can't be too explicit because I don't want to upset "Archie"). Anyway, at the risk of upsetting Brewer (who's more thick-skinned than Archie), I wanted to take issue with your thing about "no one is right or wrong etc". Right and wrong are not absolutes; both can be graded. Thus, to call a tomato a vegetable is slightly wrong, to call a tomato a suspension bridge is very wrong. Closer to home, those who think CH is the right manager for Norwich are slightly wrong and those who think he would make a good prime minister are very wrong.......or have I got that the wrong way round. Oh, who cares......all I know for sure is that those who support the team "dan the rud" are all barking mad.

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    User Removed

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I totally agree with mjc.Like him I was supporting this club way before we got this idiot and his useless entourage. I will support this club like my dear old Dad before me till the day I die, but as for getting behind Hughton? Dont make me laugh. The negativity of the fans who hate him stems from the negativity he has brought to this club. Everything that was achieved in the three years before his arrival has slowly and surely been dismantled to the point where the majority of fans are going to cheer long and loud when he finally gets the bullet and may it be soon. I just hope we can hang on to our Prem. League status till that day

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • When I told my doctor I had a thing about sausages, he told me not to worry because he liked them too. So I invited him to see my collection,, and now I'm on tablets. Which got me thinking, are you on medication, Mattias? There are 38 regular posters here and your posts occupy 11% of all those published. Don't get me wrong, some are insightful and edifying. Others are more the sort of casual observations one experiences while performing ablutions. But love them or loathe them, no one can fail to be impressed by their abundance......and the fact they're mostly written at work. So leaving aside health considerations, here's my question. Is your employer NCFC? If so, this might explain the spectre of relegation hovering over the club. If not, does your boss have any vacancies, and if he does, can I have hisher phone number please ? Meanwhile, what's new on the Hoolahan front ? ( like I really care ).

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    User Removed

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I cannot recall a good spell before Christmas and one win is far from good after that either. Now prove me wrong and beat Newcastle on Tuesday.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Of course I think I'm right. Why would I think otherwise when I am right?

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    Cecil

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Haha! My prediction....somehow.....we will beat Newcastle....1-0....2-1 I dont know. Not saying we will be amazing...more like we were against Hull but somehow we manage it....whether its through a deflected goal, a one off screamer, a set piece or even Alan Pardew getting sacked mid game and Joe Kinnear taking over playing Sammy Ameobi in goal or something else bizarre. Somehow we will beat Newcastle (Wes Hoolahan to score with the bookies...I think Ill take that). Cardiff away however....Can only see us no showing that and losing....however I was meant to be going to that and now im not surely that signals a NCFC win with my track record when it comes to away games. Man City at home obviously is a loss, but who knows....after the smashing earlier in the season maybe Man City will turn up, play the players outside the regular xi (do they have europe or cup games around the time they play us???) and under estimate us? Who knows. Gotta be looking for atleast 4 points from Newcastle, Cardiff and Man City though. Even achieving that, it will make hard reading trying to work out where else we will get points. God Im being slightly positive today...what on earths wrong with me. Need to go sit down....or do some work.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I just wish that I was as confident as CH!! How often do we get a good result, from a mediocre performance, and then proceed to shoot ourselves in the foot?

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Now come on chaps let's give CH a reason to beat Newcastle on Tuesday!! We could start by reminding him that the bloggers sacked him as I'm sure he has forgotten. And to rub salt into the wounds they have only let him have 1 point since he became our manager. Chris with a nice thumping win on Tuesday I am sure it would bring a smile to even your face let alone all us nay sayers on this site. Give it a whirl go for revenge and laugh all the way to the dressing room post match. We'll be right behind you!!

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Motivated to do well? Does that mean RvW will score soon?

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    Patrick Grey

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Trouble is General the Board is split on Hughton and guess which close couple love him? The two who know the least about football. Or so I understand.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • ....."They're motivated to do well.." are they? I hadn't noticed it much this season. Too busy counting the huge amounts of money they earn to be really motivated.

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    la barbe

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • MJC, team selection & tactics, yes. Performances, style of play and results, no, that is down to the players and the players alone. Too many of them have had poor seasons & that combined with lack of confidence has resulted in what we have seen so far. Face it, like it or lump we have the Manager now until the end of the season, McNally would have sacked him by now otherwise, so it's time to shut up and get behind them because they need our support to stay in this league. OTBC

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    General Norwich

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • General ? The decisions on team selection , tactics and pretty much everything regarding football sit with CH , as do the results and style of football . He's awful and needs to go , sooner rather than later . Oh and I think you should be demoted , somewhere around the recruit stage should do it :-)))

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    mjc75

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Ha brilliant! Walked into that one! On a serious note though im glad we can all laugh at it and not takes things to heart. What ever the opinion we all want the same thing. Success for NCFC and for me to win the lottery this weekend. (1 out of 2 aint bad).

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • To be fair, its because Laudrup has given there fans success in his time and has backed it up. There on a bad run but most there fans (I am sitting within 5 yards of one at work currently who would back me up) put it down to being in too many competitions and suffering injuries to extremely key players. Losing a Michu is a bit different to losing an Anthony Pilkington etc. But your points valid pal. I sat on the fence with my views of Hughton for quite a while and while people are unhappy I dont see a substantial amount of bashing so to speak. Just people voicing and opinion. Nobody is more wrong or right than anyone on here. Just opinions. Mad if I worked anywhere else Id never get away with half the stuff but you could say the boss is just a bad so to speak.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • No, no, no. Youve got it all wrong. It's CH and his team who're boring. See his pic? He even looks clueless.

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    Cecil

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • …..Why does everybody think they are always right?....you can't all be!....I AM, and those that agree with me MUST be....BUT how can any of us expect our Football Manager to act effectively if all he gets is advice from the left, and advice from the right.....He cannot please everyone!.... so he takes the course of pleasing himself, and hoping and praying that the best will happen!....He cannot take the blame for anything, because he has had to make choices, and stands by them through thick and thin!....It can't be easy having to put up with all this criticism, when he is doing his best - his very best!...Any faults, if any, that have been made cannot be put down to him....NO! NO! NO!....It all lay at the door of the 'clowns', the wise men, those who appointed him in the first place!...and now have tied hands....See what I mean...agree with me and you're on the winner!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • haha, I'll openly admit my grammar isnt the best. Far from it. I'll hold my hand up to that one guys! I'll give a Hughton-esque excuse though! Usually im speed typing a post in between working on something and while the EDP site is a very very good side....I mean site, it has no spell check and alot of the time your lucky if the post makes it to viewing! You get the gist anyway. Have a good weekend guys & gals, we will have to find something else to moan and argue...I mean debate on monday as I certainly wont be visiting this site over the weekend lol!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Where's the post I sent this morning, Mr Archant? Has the enema got stuck again?

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    User Removed

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Too late, I'm afraid, Oldtimer. The board fell asleep on the train. They missed their stop (Premier League on Sea) and when they all woke up, the cleaners were already hard at work at the end of the line (Championship in the Mire). Realistically, it will take relegation to move the Fat Controller. In the meantime, all we can do, as you say, is support the club. Sing loud, sing long,and when you do so, you're getting behind the club....that's to say the players (who put in a shift), the programme sellers, the guys on the turnstiles, Geoffrey Watling, the corner flags, even the swing bridge in Carra Rud.....everything City except for the "Fat Controller".......and believe in miracles.OTBC.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • Barking Wise, it`s not just you. I now spend more time looking for hidden "rude words" than typing - and the posts still disappear into the ether. Even Charles D!ckens is deemed rude. Best one was 3 e-mails from the Moderators explaining that 3 attempts had been rejected as "duplicate". surely that was "triplicate"? Anyway, none of them got through. Mattias, I so want a 2-1 result. I haven`t had a single success with my regular weekly bet this season. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • CH has zero style, zero confidence, zero imagination. Likewise the team he puts out. Unsurprisingly.

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    Cecil

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • They have omitted the caption of the photo above but I believe it said: "As this point is the interview Mr Hughton was asked to name one of the attacking moves the players had been working in in training". Apparently he held this pose for twenty three minutes and then said he needed the toilet.

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    waclor

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • To be nominated once, Brewer, is a veritable accolade. Even if you didn't win 3 years ago, remember it's the taking part which counts. But don't tell CH that, otherwise come Tuesday night, he'll play with a flat back 10. And don't be deterred by the General "neither".......he's only a suspension bridge in disguise.

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    User Removed

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Btw; keep `em coming, Mattias. I`m sure Barking`s a fan really. I wish I`d had a job like yours! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I heard the photo was taken just after Lionel Messi agreed to a Loan move to NCFC.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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