Gary Hooper confident that familiarity is breeding success for Norwich City

Gary Hooper and his Norwich City team-mates celebrate the striker's opener at West Brom - his third goal in five games. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Gary Hooper and his Norwich City team-mates celebrate the striker's opener at West Brom - his third goal in five games. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, December 12, 2013
12:09 PM

The goals speak for themselves – but Gary Hooper believes Norwich City are starting to work out their way forward this season.

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The summer signing has scored three goals in City’s last five games, coming coincidentally in the Canaries’ three victories over the same period.

It is the kind of form that has helped Chris Hughton’s men put a bit of daylight between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone – while also backing the City manager’s summer recruitment decisions.

“It takes time,” said Hooper. “We’ve played together a few times now and I think that is starting to show, like at West Brom. We’ve played 4-4-2 with Leroy (Fer) tucked in and I thought we were outstanding.

“Everyone has got to create the chances for me and it’s a team game. I’ve then got to take my chances.

“The service has just got to be in between the posts from crosses and I’ve got to be on the shoulder of the defender, and you need a good ball for those chances.

“I think everyone is still getting used to each other, the runs and those things. But we have shown we can all play together and win at home and away.”

Hooper has been playing catch-up ever since he picked up a shin injury in the final friendly of pre-season, leaving him on the sidelines for the opening month of the season. But now the 25-year-old appears to be finding his best – and most clinical – form and will hope to continue the theme when Swansea visit on Sunday.

“It all started at Braga (in pre-season) when I scored two goals and then I got injured (against Panathinaikos),” he said. “It’s been an OK start to the season but being injured was always horrible. Watching from the sidelines.

“The medical team has done really well, sorting me out and we’ve been playing really good football. And fair play to the boys, they’ve been putting it on a plate for me.

“The injury has all gone now and I just need to keep playing football, doing well in training and score goals.

“Swansea are a good team. They pass from back to front all day. But we’re at home, it’s our ground and we have got to go for it.”

9 comments

  • Stuff and nonsense, RVW, what's that, Retro Volkswagen? No, my money's on Mehew, and he only cost £50, 000,000

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Not so much about the two of them playing together. (Yes against the right teams its possible and very hopefully they will do well), but a majority of the time we will be playing with 1 up top. Therefore the most important thing for me is we continue to make chances for Hooper (or RVW) in the correct areas. Recently we've started to do so, and we need that to continue as 90% we simply dont make the chances a predator like Hooper or RVW requires. Another thing thats helped the situation is a natural right winger playing....shock horror on the right wing! Redmond has now said multiple times that while he will play anywhere he prefers it on the right wing. Hes improving game by game and take the recent WBA game & the cup game against watford as proof we've benifited hugely from getting crosses in from that right side. Fair play a few go astray but when they go right the striker can benifit massively rather than it being from a player cutting in. A Cutting in players cross will naturally head towards the keeper etc. Keep the supply coming via Redmond and through the middle with Fer and Hooper (and RVW) will continue scoring.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • I'm not sure this current fashion of one up front is fair to the frontman.It certainly took its toll on Holt.Strikers like him,Hooper and RvW do their damage in and around the penalty area,not struggling alone chasing lost causes all day.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Hooper is a goal scorer but he needs support and opportunity. The City midfield does not create anywhere near enough chances, The two goals at WBA were good individual efforts but much better approach work is needed.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • I'm hoping when Wolf is back they will form a bit of a lethal partnership.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Hooper is proving to be the natural predator in the box that we need, always a threat to the opposition. I hope he doesn't end up getting dropped when the Wolf is back to fitness

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • To be honest I would like to see Hooper and Becchio up front against Swansea , both work well with the other .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • I too hope RVW will be able to play with Hooper and then we will have a strike partnership for other teams to worry about. The too brief a spell they played together against the Greeks pre-season had a hint that they may form a partnership and with a bit of luck we may find out on Sunday. I just hope CH does not take Hooper off to bring RVW on late in the game.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • That should read " both would work well with the other " . Damn IPad :-)

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    mjc75

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

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