Norwich City boss Chris Hughton focusing on the positives
08:57 21 September 2012
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Chris Hughton insists there is no chance his Norwich City squad will start to feel sorry for themselves as they hunt that elusive first Premier League victory.
The Canaries head to Hughton’s old club Newcastle United this weekend on the back of three solid draws since an opening day nightmare at Fulham, but the underlying story has been City’s failure to convert their weight of chances.
“They will be disappointed that they haven’t got the win, but if they do need picking up that is my responsibility and the staff’s responsibility,” said Hughton, who was at Goodison Park on Monday night to watch City’s opponents draw 2-2 against Everton.
“There are definitely more positives than negatives. It’s not easy to keep clean sheets in the top flight. We have vastly improved as a team, as a unit, since that first game.
“We just can’t let ourselves get too low because you will lose games (in this league). At the moment, we haven’t lost for three games, but we will do eventually. That is just the nature of the level we are at.
“Yes, there is a concern and a bit of a frustration that we haven’t got more points. I would feel a lot better if we had more points on the board, but we just need that cutting edge in front of goal.
“We keep mentioning about big games coming up but each one for us is in that category. We must not go into those games with any fear. If we can show the type of commitment we have done then we have a chance of getting points anywhere.”
Hughton will spend this week reiterating to his men there are plenty of early season positives after City’s latest draw and first clean sheet of the campaign against West Ham at Carrow Road on Saturday.
“I thought some of our possession in the middle of the park was very good,” he said.
“Jon Howson and Bradley Johnson were again excellent and we kept probing. If we do that for long enough then the results will come.
“Certainly for us we have to show more guile and more quality in that final third and all I can do is just work with the boys on the training field. You have to remain positive.
“We know we are up against quality sides and that makes it more difficult, but every game for us is a difficult game and challenge. I think if you go away to Tottenham and get a draw then it is a very good result.
“But against QPR here and West Ham here I felt we should have – and we deserved three points from both.
“We are certainly looking more solid defensively as a team, but we need something that is going to get us wins.”