Chris Hughton - Norwich City must be more greedy

Robert Snodgrass scores Norwich City's winner in a 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Robert Snodgrass scores Norwich City's winner in a 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 28, 2014
11:21 AM

Chris Hughton admits Norwich City’s sparse goal output is doing nothing for his anxiety levels or those of the supporters.

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City last scored more than once in a game back on December 7 in a 2-0 Premier League win at West Brom – a run of 14 matches in all competitions, which continued with the slender 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Carrow Road.

Norwich moved four points clear of the bottom three ahead of a weekend league trip to Aston Villa, but solving that conundrum remains Hughton’s priority.

“We’re due a game where we make life a little bit more comfortable for ourselves,” he said. “One of these days we just need to get that second goal to alleviate the pressure on the team.

“We are conscious of the fact we are not scoring enough goals. Certainly confidence comes into play and a level of composure and maybe even a touch of good fortune. We are buoyed by the fact we are creating chances, but we need to put a higher percentage away. There is nobody working harder than myself and the coaches to remedy that. There might have been a period in the season when we were guilty of not creating enough clear-cut chances; I don’t believe that is the case now and I feel it is something that can turn on any given moment.

“But there is no doubt we are heaping a little bit more pressure on ourselves which makes the last part of games feel a lot longer. For teams at our level it is very difficult to keep clean sheets and score lots of goals, but the fans can see how hard we are working to get those clean sheets and they have got behind us, especially in the last two home games.”

27 comments

  • I think there's been a significant improvement on work ethic from Snoddy, but also that he tends to suffer a "berserker" attitude during the game and start chasing everything.

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    powelld123

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Apologies I was superb speed typing that and just had a chance to re-read and its bloody awful! Apologies

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Well, there`s no disputing that, with the way our attack is set up, we have scored 20 goals already this season. That`s 10% better than Crystal Palace`s measly 18. Why indeed change such a winning formula, Ghana? Stew talks a lot of awful sense. In the sense that sense is awful for some to contemplate. Meanwhile, Sky TV rate Robert and therefore are now heavily backed to replace Hoots. MotM for me was Johnson. He was generously granted, by Robert, the privilege of taking a corner and a free kick. While BJ`s passing has often been a weakness, it has improved lately, and is certainly more effective than that of Robert - in that he does actually pass. I once described Snods as `Huckerby with added work ethic`. See, I`m not always right. (Stew is, though, IMHO). OTBC!!!!! IHIT!!!!! WALOB!!!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Snodgrass has faults and fully acknowledge them. His corners especially are awful but he puts in a shift every time he goes on to the pitch and he gives us a lot offensively and defensively, Being offensive you often find that opposing teams are reluctant to push their full backs forward on his side and defensively he often helps out our own full backs. He is a prima donna and that needs to be sorted but i think he is a very valuable member of the team and he gets some goals every season

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    GPL

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • You might be right but I like him in the team and Russell martin gets forward more when he is there because he has not got opposing full backs pushing on top of him. For me Pilks wants away so he gives us nothing and that reason alone I think I would stay as we are. Now that tettey is back he covers and does a lot of the graft and that will allow Redmond and Snoddy to be more offensive and i think thats why the last four performances have been much improved

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    GPL

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • There were reports on other media websites last night that Fer had pulled his hamstring and will be out for 6 weeks. Can anyone confirm this?

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • …..I've taken note sharky!...They are probably all sitting on plush seats and wearing blindfolds....what league are sky's team in then?....Others have raved about Hoolahan... but you're either in favour or out!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Snodgrass in Sky,s team of the week. Take note Stew.

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    sharky

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Hi, Pa. How are Ma`s dumplings today? I`m surprised nobody, other than me, has this choice chunk of insider information:- `Robert` has been appointed as Specialist Selfishness Coach. Fact. Ask pubmandave or S\O. Snods was given the OK by Chrissy to make it public, but he chose to keep it to himself.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Sorry GPL, like I said, I wasnt knocking Snodgrass. Hes stronger on the right, no arguements there. My long winded point was maybe Redmond is better coming on as a sub on the right when Snod has tired and the full back then gets a totally different styled player full of pace to come up against. Not saying im right etc. Just ideas etc. :)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Redmond still has a lot to learn and I like to see him swapping sides from time to time with Snodgrass but seeing that Pilks is so often injured, we have little choice of wingers right now anyway.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Any news on Fer ????????????

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Spot on and totally agree chap. I wont say much as ive said it 100 times in recent months but Redmond said himself he prefers to play on the right but because hes that kind of lad he would play blooming left back if the gaffer asked him to. The games hes played more than 75% of the game on the right hes nearly always produced. Watford away he ran his marker in circles, crossed in at the byline and Hooper pounced on the kind of ball he never see's while playing for NCFC. Perfect combination. The issue is clearly Snodgrass. Hear me out as its not a dig at Snoddy. Snodgrass is a favourite of Hughtons. Plain & simple we all know that. He isn't comfy playing on the same side of his strongest foot because he doesn't have the pace. Hes always played right wing for leeds and has followed suit at NCFC. Redmond was played nearly all the time on the right wing under Hughton at Brum so its obvious why hes slotted on the left for NCFC because Hughton is always going to pick Snodgrass on right wing first. Im a big Redmond fan but I agree he's got plenty to learn. When we have a fully fit squad I have no issue Redmond starting as Sub. His pace against a tired full back could be lethal. I get the feeling that was what Hughton had in mind as twice this season ive read interviews where he has said Nathan Redmonds played more games than they ideally wanted him to in his first season. Either way hes proved to be one of the few plus points this season. Just needs to develope that final decision making. Thing is when hes played on the right we've barely seen an sky high shots or miss placed crosses that we see weekly on the left. When ive watched him on Sky playing for the u21's its a similar story where he plays very well on the right.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • There are a couple of things that would improve the output.....1) Redmond is an excellent, technically gifted winger but one who is yet to develop vision. He will cleverly beat 3 defenders then waste the final ball. time and time again!! 2) Allow the wingers to play on their normal side, so that they can ping crosses from the deadball line, not always needing to cut in before delivery. .............There must be a good reason for Hughton insisting on playing his wingers this way.....it isnt working well enough to feed our strikers the quality balls they need to convert the midfield effort.

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • How many times have I got to tell some of you that Football is at team game. In our wisdom we follow the comings and goings of Norwich City. I, like most are not interested in the problems of Moyes, Lambert, Pepper Mill, Poyit, Solzka, and the rest. Unfortunately our man Hughton is in there amongst that bunch. He would like to think that we as a club are united. Since his arrival we have seen the demoralisation and demolition of all that was good, and we have become Snodgrass Dis-United. Goals have dried up, with his charismatic approach and modern tactics. Some of his additions have fitted in, but in general we are NO better off than 20months ago. We now seem to have more injuries on the training ground than in matches, but of course much of that is behind closed doors! Perhaps pubmandave has a little bit of inside info!

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • No what I meant is from the left and cutting in its natural to shoot on your right. Hes proved far more effective on the left. Against Spurs he managed to cut in from the left and shoot on his right and it ended up going for a blooming throw! poor lad. Still the bright spark in a dull season so far for me. Huge potential for the future.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Mattias youe are probably right that Redmond plays on the left becaues Snodgrass prefers playing on the right so that he can cut in on to his left but i was more than happy with the end result of Snoddy coming in from the right onto his left against Spurs. After all that is what earned us 3 valuable points. If he had been onto a through ball like that from Johnson on the other side then I doubt he would hve been able to curl the ball into the corner of the net with his right. Redmond will eventually play that role just in front of the strikers, so he needs to play on the left so that his left foot gets stronger. He is still very much a work in progress is young Nathan and I enjoy watching him no matter what wing he plays on for now

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    GPL

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Mat333 I seem to remember Redmond firing high and wide a few times with his right foot. Where as last week he had one of his best efforts saved. What foot did he use, yes his left. I think this argument is getting very tiresome. We wouldnt have scored last week the way we did. Also lets remember its a well used tactic by most clubs in the EPL. Finally in recent games there is only one man that looks like scoring. Sad but true. Also I dont think Redmond will be starting vs Villa

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    sharky

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Snodgrass was man of the match on Sunday for me , scored a great goal and likewise was the scorer of our previous goal against WHU. No he is not perfect by any means but until we buy somebody better why get on his back.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Snodgrass! Our GREEDY one....Our left footed right winger, - cum - right back, -cum - right sided mid fielder -cum mid field clogger, -cum- central striker, - cum - free kick winner, - cum corner taker,- cum,- penalty misser...it's my ball and I want to kick it!....Whatever would we do with out him?....In my opinion we would do a damned sight better with him out of the way!....Our Central strikers may even get a look in!....van Persie is making it known that others are getting in his way at Man Untd...working HIS ground....Snodgrass makes our team unbalanced....We need Redmond on the Right..Pilkington on the Left....Snodgrass on the Bench! ..If Hughton insists on playing this lop side formation....IT FOR SURE ISN'T WORKING!....or have I missed something Sharky?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • ….Yes GPL!....BUT WOULD WE GET MORE GOALS WITHOUT HIM?....I believe we would!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • If you play wingers on their right sides, just so that they can get crosses in the box, you cant play on man up front, cos he will not get to the crosses. Playing the wingers on their 'wrong' sides so that they can come in and shoot, when possible, gives us more attacking threat. Plus, then you encourage full backs to push forward and send crosses, when they whole team move forward, thereby having more men in the opponents box area. I hope that makes sense. Its all about balance of play, rather than 'wingers just sending crosses in' and that's it. For those that like to change it during games, that is a good idea, but you need to ensure it doesnt affect you concentration and balance first and foremost. Its not just about us, its also about what the opposition can or cant do. Similarly, if you the two wingers swap over and over again during a game, what is the impact on the balance of the whole team, not just those wingers. If one is better defensively than the other, you need to ensure they and the relevant full backs complement each other, each time they swap round. Again, its all about balance in the team, not just two wingers. OTBC!! IHIT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Hello young Brew! Ma's dumplings are still on the menu, and I have a promise for Tuesday evening. Plucking pheasants has come to and end for the time being, so spending my days reading most of the correspondence between interested fellow followers of Norwich City, and observers of the night sky. Got some Tomato seedlings waiting for the warmer days. As I type away I see that both Fulham and Hull are doing their best to help us out of this mess. If we do struggle through and have our skin saved for us, there is no way that this can be allowed to happen again next season. I hope that changes will happen before then. Could even consider taking Holt on as manager. At least he would provide some get up and go, and push the square pegs away from the round holes.

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • WembleyCanary, you're absolutely spot on. It's three points for a win, a point for a draw and nothing if you lose. If you keep clean sheets all season, you can get to 38 points without scoring a goal. Score 1 goal and you hit the 40 point marker. Not saying it's a great template for an exciting season, but it's a strong foundation. Building the attack into it has been the theme of this season in my opinion and in terms of proper chances created and possession, we're better off than last year quality-wise. It's got to convert into goals sooner or later if we keep it up. On the subject of inverted wingers and the like, I like to keep an eye on four four two stats zone and the chances we've been creating have been through a fairly wide variety of avenues. Personally, I think that's what you want rather than rely on trying the same avenue over and over again. Keep creating like we are, actually put some of them in and we'll be fine.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • I agree with all the points here on the wingers playing on the wrong foot makong them cut in and go for goal vs centering for strikers. What concerns me is why isn't CH seeing this as an issue and developing alternate approaches in training that he can switch to during the game and catch out the opposition.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • We can see clearly the way Hughton sets up, as he appears to go for a clean sheet first, and then try and score. Is he going for a perfect win every week of not conceding a goal, or being cautious and setting up for a clean sheet as the basis of our game, with the possibility of scoring a goal a bonus? It might not be exciting, but it could be very effective as we have four home clean sheets in a row. As for the Redmond conundrum, maybe getting in a first team quality (including fitness!) left winger would mean he was used more as an impact sub, and then he would have to play to win his place, which includes sorting out his decision making :) OTBC, great win on Sunday, looking forward to Villa....more of the same please

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    WembleyCanary

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • …..GPL!....what's the point in having a Central Striker if they never get fed....Snodgrass and Redmond should keep out of the way...and widen the attack rather than cluttering up the penalty area!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, February 28, 2014

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