Chris Hughton urges Norwich City to have tunnel vision in the Premier League survival stakes

Robert Snodgrass set Norwich City on their way to a 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Robert Snodgrass set Norwich City on their way to a 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, March 24, 2014
7:30 AM

‘It is still all about us’ was Chris Hughton’s mantra after Norwich City emerged the big winners in the latest round of the great escape.

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The Canaries were the only club in the Premier League’s bottom seven at the start of the weekend to bolster their survival bid after a 2-0 win over the Black Cats and defeats for all their direct rivals. Hughton will take every bonus going but the City boss revealed he was quick to ram home a simple message to his players at full-time.

“In the changing room we spoke about the fact it had been a good day for us and how results can go for you and that is terrific, but we have to make sure we get the results we need,” he said.

“More important than results elsewhere going for us is that we made sure it was a good result here because, ultimately, it is what we do between now and the end that will determine our fate. Last weekend we lost and other results went against us. It has switched right around this weekend and no-one can really predict what will happen the following weekend so I don’t focus too much on anything other than what we are doing.”

City moved onto 32 points after beating the Wearsiders and Hughton realises 40 is the traditional gold standard to guarantee survival

“On the averages 40 is the benchmark, yes, but at this moment no-one knows what the number will be. I don’t think about that,” he said. “We have just got three very valuable points here.

“It gives us three points in a group of teams all fighting and having difficult times and it is important to have as a big a gap as we can to the bottom.

“The games will become even bigger from now, but if we take a fair chunk of what we showed here then we have a good chance.”

13 comments

  • He daren`t give Becchio a game. In case he succeeds.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • A wise man states the obvious with great certainty.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • …..Barking Wise!...It does seem strange that the straight to the point questions NEVER gets asked! We are continually fed the same old eyewash from those with one eye on keeping their jobs!....Maybe they would get NOTHING at all if they were to stray over the agreed line in their questioning!....Perhaps those with inside info could pass some of the titbits on to the rest of us....Here's your opportunity Sharky- Pubmandave- and anyone else prepared to come out!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I'm as happy as the next man about Saturday's result however, Blunderland were awful. Still a long way to go with the same clueless manager and rag tag squad. Tunnel vision is kind of ironic

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    Nutster

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • .....I find it hard to believe that hughton can only ever say the b.... Obvious !... What some of us would be more interested in is the reasons he has kept Hoolahan on the sidelines so often!...Why has Becchio never had the opportunity he was bought for...Why the majority of his chosen players ' don't turn up' on so many occasions....that's what he needs to address...before giving us all this prescripted ' Bulls..t!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I do hope the "Fair Chunk" includes having Wes in the team.

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    waclor

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • How exactly did the players react to this rivetting team talk? Didn't Sunderland have their best spell immediately after the break? Perhaps come June Mr Hughton could use his tunnel vision as a driver for London Transport.

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    waclor

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Each time Norwich play I'm left wondering how much more luck they can rely on to win a game. Unfortunately, for Norwich, luck does have a habit of running out and the nail biting question is when? One thing is certain there is little in the form of tactics or managerial wisdom in the players fielded and I suspect that by the time someone does decide to do something about Hughton it'll be too little too late!

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    Bad Form

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Agreed, Stewpydd. I blame the journos and interviewers. How difficult would it be to ask him one simple question: "Given that a player on the bench is good enough and fit enough be brought on and play, why is Becchio always on the bench but never plays?" Go on, somebody, ask him the question.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I would like to see him start Elmande and Becchio against Swansea. Elmander earned his place, RVW and Hooper did not, and if ever there is an opportunity to conconfuse the opposition by playing someone they will have zero knowledge about it is Becchio.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Well Alan loves you even if we don't Chris..lets not have another false dawn, end of the season an' it's bye whatever happens from now

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    Gruff

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Each time Norwich play I'm left wondering how much more luck they can rely on to win a game. Unfortunately, for Norwich, luck does have a habit of running out and the nail biting question is when? One thing is certain there is little in the form of tactics or managerial wisdom in the players fielded and I suspect that by the time someone does decide to do something about Hughton it'll be too little too late!

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    Bad Form

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • So `tunnel vision` is what the players need to have instilled into them. Cometh the hour, cometh the Hughton. He has badges for that.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 24, 2014

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