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Norwich City chief executive David McNally calls for a killer instinct

Norwich City's waywardness has cost them dearly in recent Premier League tussles. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images

Norwich City's waywardness has cost them dearly in recent Premier League tussles. Picture by Tom Smith/Focus Images

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Norwich City’s chief executive David McNally is well aware the Canaries’ Premier League survival prospects hinge on finding a cutting edge.

Chris Hughton’s squad have scored twice in the last five top flight games but McNally insists that tells only part of the story with Norwich carving out numerous chances over the past month.

“In the last half a dozen or so games I don’t think entertainment has been an issue. The issue has been our inability to score from the chances we have created which have led to some disappointing results,” he said. “If there was a team trying to play entertaining football at West Ham then it was us, against Manchester City we didn’t park the bus. Yes, there was a difficult period in the second half when I felt it might be a long game. We had a gameplan to get on the front foot as well as be solid. At Cardiff City we were the team playing the entertaining football, but there is no question results have been disappointing. Of course you have individuals who you would like to score the goals but it really is about the team as a whole.”

McNally is adamant Hughton has also received unfair criticism for his perceived lack of success with substitutions this season. The Canaries are the only Premier League side yet to score from the bench.

“Game management is a key part of the manager’s role. We as fans always have the benefit of hindsight, but Chris and other managers have to do that in real-time under huge pressure and intense scrutiny,” he said. “At the start of the season one of the accusations was he didn’t make enough substitutions. A newspaper quoted he had made 63 the other day, which is two and a half per game. He put three on at the same time at Cardiff and he has used a variety of different formations. How many supporters were saying they wanted to see 4-4-2 and we had two up front for a while and, speaking as a supporter myself, I don’t think that was the ideal formation for us.”

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