Norwich City urged to force the pace against Newcastle United
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Chris Hughton is not fooled by Newcastle’s recent dip in Premier League form ahead of facing his old club on Tuesday at Carrow Road.
The Magpies lost four consecutive games over the festive period and crashed out of the FA Cup before getting back to winning ways at West Ham, and Hughton is wary of Newcastle’s threat on the road.
“We are concentrating on what we would like to do,” he said. “But they had a very good run before the Christmas period and they have picked up a lot of wins away. We are conscious of the offensive quality they have in the team but we are at home, we are on the back of a good win and there was a good feeling with the supporters at the end of that (Hull) game. I don’t think we started the game well up there at Newcastle and if we had managed to start in the vein we finished then possibly it would have been a different result so that is something we are also conscious of.”
Leroy Fer’s goalscoring display at St James’ Park earned special praise from Magpies’ boss Alan Pardew after Norwich’s 2-1 Premier League defeat and Hughton knows the Dutch midfielder will have a key role although Fer may not have to face Yohan Cabaye again with reports late on Monday night the French international is poised to join Paris St Germain.
“I thought he played very well up there. Overall his level of performance has been very good,” said Hughton. “He is still a young man, he is adapting to our game and that has brought some ups and downs but I have been delighted with his contribution and feel there is more to come.
“Cabaye is a good player and an influential player. You can speak about Cabaye but Loic Remy is not bad either, Yoan Gouffran the same, (Moussa) Sissoko. Cabaye is a big player for them but we want to go into the game with a really positive frame of mind.”
Injured duo Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back) both miss out and Hughton does not expect them to return in the near future.
“Michael will be out for a number of weeks. It is a hamstring injury, but a severe pull rather than something that requires surgery,” said Hughton. “Jonny will be out for a few more weeks. It still hasn’t settled down and the treatment and all the expert advice we are getting tells us it has to settle down before he is able to do too much. It is very frustrating for Jon because he is used to being on the training pitch. We still anticipate that is a few weeks.”