Chris Hughton aims to end Norwich City’s Premier League away day blues at Swansea City
11:15 25 March 2014
Chris Hughton views this weekend’s Premier League trip to Swansea as the perfect place to end their desperate away run in 2014.
The Canaries have won two high-scoring top flight encounters against the Swans on their last two visits and a repeat would ease them further clear of the
relegation scrap. City have lost their last five on the road since a New Year’s Day Premier League point at Crystal Palace, but Hughton insists they will travel buoyed by a vital home win over Sunderland.
“We have to build on that. It certainly makes this week a better week now, an easier week to work and prepare,” he said. “Swansea is another team very much around us. It was a super game there last year and that is one we will certainly be reminding the players about, but it is about trying to get this good feel right the way through the week.
“We will do that as coaches and the players then have to take it on. We have only conceded one goal in our last six games at Carrow Road but we have to take that away from home to relieve the pressure. At West Ham and Cardiff the level of performance was good but there is no doubt scoring the goals we have of late can give you a lift and a spring.”
City face West Brom and Fulham after their trip to Wales before a finale against the very best Hughton is adamant they can approach with confidence.
“You can’t be defeatist because then in effect what you are saying to your players and everyone outside the club is that we can’t get points. I don’t believe that to be the case,” he said. “Particularly with two of the last four games at home. We have been good here.
“If you look at our performances here against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham they have been good. I don’t buy into that. Where we are as a club and probably 11 or 12 similar clubs to us will find is it more difficult away from home.”