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Friday, September 14, 2012
Chris Hughton believes his Norwich City side will have to replicate their effort and endeavour from White Hart Lane if they are to pocket their first three-point haul of the season against West Ham United on Saturday lunchtime.
The Canaries impressed all over the pitch during their 1-1 draw at Tottenham before the international break – with a few snatched chances all that stood between them and a first Premier League victory this season.
Newly promoted West Ham United are next to stand in Norwich’s way (12.45pm) – a side Hughton knows well having battled with them in the Championship last season as Birmingham manager.
And having shared a pair of draws with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce last term, Hughton is far from surprised at their decent start to the season.
“They developed their squad last season and they were favourites to go up from the Championship and perhaps didn’t do it in the way they would’ve liked, going through the play-offs, but it was no surprise they were promoted,” said Hughton.
“They’ve added to the squad and they are able to mix up their game, and in Sam you’ve got someone who’s incredibly experienced at getting results at this level.
“They’ve had a very good start. We watched their result at Swansea where they lost, but the performance was a very good performance and it was perhaps individual errors that cost them.
“So we will have to be at our best and show the form we did at Tottenham and in the last couple of games to get a result.”
For the second Premier League weekend in a row, Hughton will face one of his former clubs – a run set to be completed next Saturday with City’s trip to Newcastle United.
Hughton made 43 appearances in all competitions between 1990-92 for the Hammers, during which time Billy Bonds’ side returned to English football’s top flight.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it there and I think when I went there was a time when my career at Tottenham was taking very much a downward spiral,” added Hughton.
“When that’s the case it’s always good and beneficial to go to a club going to be in a good position in a league, and they were.”