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Monday, September 17, 2012
Chris Hughton has backed Grant Holt and the rest of Norwich’s striking department to come good after this Premier League stalemate against West Ham at Carrow Road.
City’s early top flight fixtures under Hughton have carried plenty of promise, but the lack of goals from his frontmen has become a recurring theme.
Simeon Jackson’s close range header against QPR remains one of only two the Canaries have carved out in the opening month.
Hughton introduced Steve Morison and Tottenham loan signing Harry Kane to try and tip the balance in the final quarter, with Kane unable to outwit Jussi Jaaskelainen after being put clean through late on by Robert Snodgrass.
City’s talisman, Holt, has yet to open his account after a 15-goal haul in his debut top flight campaign, but Hughton was quick to jump on any suggestion the events surrounding his summer contract impasse have had any lingering effect.
“No, I don’t think that is the case,” he said. “I can only speak as I find and he has been very focussed on the games, very focussed in training so I am quite sure with somebody of Grant’s quality and the goals he has scored if he keeps getting in the right positions and we can create chances it won’t be long before he scores.
“I believe I have seen in him from day one presumably the same desire and commitment that he has always shown here. I think what we want from every player in the squad is for them to show their best.
“Strikers want to score goals. That is what he has done over the last three seasons here and I’m quite sure that he started quite slowly last season as regards the goals he scored.”
Kane looked keen to impress after replacing the skipper in the closing stages, and Hughton is confident the teenager will emerge stronger from spurning his match-winning chance.
“He will come away from the game today disappointed he hasn’t got a goal. That is the bare facts and what strikers do is they work even harder to put it right,” he said.
“He is a young player and the fact he came on and had a wonderful opportunity is something I’m sure he will go over in his mind, but he doesn’t need to be that way.
“He is a striker, you need to put this behind you, like a goalkeeper does. Keepers will make great saves but they will fumble and be at fault for goals. You just need to put it behind you. He will certainly learn from that and as a young player he will probably learn as much as he would do on the training pitch.
“I think he will be a super player –but he will learn a lot from these situations.”
Hughton’s decisions to withdraw the free-running Jackson after his arduous World Cup long haul trip back to Canada last week and to keep midfield duo David Fox and Wes Hoolahan in reserve did not meet with universal approval at Carrow Road. Something that the experienced City boss accepts is par for the course.
“Simeon has played two games and didn’t get back here from Canada until late in the week. I just felt it needed something a little bit different up front,” he said. “We decided to go with two big ones up front and work it that way. These are the decisions as a manager you have to make and for the right reasons and right intentions.“