Norwich City aim to turn the Premier League tables on Sunderland

Chris Hughton and Gus Poyet will face each other across the technical area in a crunch Premier League encounter at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Chris Hughton and Gus Poyet will face each other across the technical area in a crunch Premier League encounter at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, March 22, 2014
8:30 AM

Chris Hughton is not one for indulging in mind games but the Norwich boss insists a cursory glance at the Premier League table should prove Sunderland are the side with no margin for error on Saturday at Carrow Road.

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Hughton is adamant he would choose City’s current four point buffer to the Black Cats rather than the three league games in hand for Gus Poyet’s side courtesy of their extended but unfulfilled cup runs. The Norwich chief and his players are braced for another fraught Carrow Road affair in a contest that justifiably feels like a defining moment in an inconsistent season.

“Yes, I think I would rather have the points. We are outside that bottom three and our intentions are to stay there,” said Hughton. “We just concentrate on us and we have to be mindful of the mood in the stadium. We are on the back of a poor result and poor performance at Southampton but it is only myself and my players who can do something about that.

“We are very aware of our position and we know a win certainly helps that and the players are conscious we need to react from last week.

“If I look at Sunderland they are capable of picking up points because they have a bit of momentum and they have good players. They certainly got a big lift from those cup runs getting to the final and they will be buoyed by that but for them it is back to business now. The league campaign is the most important thing. We are at home and anytime we play at home we would like to think that is an advantage to use in our favour.”

Hughton expects Sunderland’s approach to reflect the cultured influence of Poyet, although the Wearsiders’ red card count highlights a steely edge from men such as Phil Bardsley, Lee Cattermole and Liam Bridcutt, who was touted with a Carrow Road move in the past before opting to link up with his ex-Brighton mentor.

“We were well aware of him,” said Hughton. “He is a player who is very much used to playing in Gus’ teams with a three in midfield, a holding player who predominantly played that same role at Brighton. We were very aware of him but he has probably gone to Sunderland because he knows Gus very well.

“I could sit and talk about the way Sunderland are going to play but those who have watched them will know the style Gus likes to encourage, which is to pass the ball and try to be expansive. We are probably expecting something like that, but there will be a physical aspect as well and we will need to match that desire. If I look at the players they have and some of their results you would say they can counter-attack very well. They have generally played a 4-3-3 which of course means five across midfield when you are defending. They have bright players in the team and you have to be aware of the qualities they have got, but this is about us and what we can do.”

• Norwich’s Premier League game at Fulham on April 12 will kick off at 3:07pm to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsbrough tragedy.

18 comments

  • Well if we don't win then surely the Axe will drop come 5pm!

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    dave123

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • The current situation for both clubs is open to interpretation.i If Norwich lose they can virtually say goodbye to the premiership. If Sunderland lose they will still have three games in hand to catch up. There is no question that this is the game Norwich have to win - no ifs and buts about a draw - we have to win.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Spot on, norman h. No hiding place today. All the `insisting` in the World won`t cover up another dire performance. Btw, ref. Liam Bridcutt. Hughton believes LB went to Sunderland because he knew Poyet. Perhaps he also knows enough about Hughton? Then, Nathan still came here. Then again, he`s very young and will soon be away if he has a good adviser.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Apologies to McNally on my last post. Scally was a blast form the past at another football club.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Sunderland are not Liverpool or arsenal we have enough to beat them ...believe !,,, OTBC.

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    trevor harvey

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • If only managers were paid on results rather than bank sized salries, likewise, if only they had clauses in their contracts which stated they could be dismissed without a payoff if they were an abject failure. Meanwhile the suffering fan will once again be expected to bail the club out when things go wrong. I know which of the above two managers I would rather have right now that is for sure.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I'm following a policy of radical minimalism for this one. I'm not even bothering to follow the game. I'll check the scores afterwards. Followers of these boards will know that I'm no fan of the £8 m donkey, but if ever there was a time we needed him to step up to the plate it's now. Don't whinge about service boy. If no-one's creating chances for you then do what Holty did in his prime + make your own ! No? ..Oh well....OTBC (as always).

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    Timbo

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I `aim` to win the lottery. Hughton, JFDI. Please.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Yes, it's a must-win and if we don't then Hughton must be sacked. Not that it will make any difference to our ultimate fate, more as a punishment really.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • With the monotonous regularity of the Norwich to Liverpool Street train service, Archie has published 5 "divots" at half hourly intervals from 6.30 to 8.30. These can be distilled into 2 sentences: "Incredible though it may seem, Hughton is still manager as City prepare to take on fellow strugglers Sunderland (who they once beat in a Cup Final). Meanwhile, Alex Tettey has spoken out in support of his boss for the second time in a week, as he is desperate not to lose his place after falling over at Southampton last week." Divot might as well have stayed in the Woolpack and I might as well have gone train-spotting. CCOY...make my day.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • If City draw today, a most likely result, the season will be over. City have four games against clubs in the relegation battle. The final four games are against three clubs fighting to be champions and Man., Utd. A team which may be in decline but still good enough to brush City aside. Realistically, the next four games have to produce points and Sunderland having three games in hand gives them a diffrent mind set when playing City. The can afford the draw. City cannot. Once again CH shows poor judgement.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Opposition talked up, check.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Spot on Victor! There is now no place to hide or any platitudes to lean on in the event of our losing this game.

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    la barbe

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I have a link on my web page here to 'hyped footballers who have faded away'. There was no mention of this City squad though, assembled by our 'longest serving Premier League Manager'. Not for much longer unless we will all of the next three games.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Lawro (BBC Pundit) has tipped Norwich to be going down. CH needs to remind all the players of this and get them motivated to prove Lawro wrong.

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    Watton Warrior

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • It's dead simple this weekend. Who wants it wins and whoever loses is relegated. Irrespective of Hughtons "rueing and excuses"!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Turn the premier league tables he will need to get the team selection right this week and a lot more from the team than last week.

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    leslie cater

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Thanks Mad Brewer. I have supported the City for over fifty years and it saddens and angers me that we should find ourselves facing relegation again. City supporters are amongst the nest in the land and deserve better. The only people who do not seem to believe in the club are the owners and the board. Scally stated that N City are a business first and foremost. Can you imagine any other business accepting such poor management and performance from its top employees?

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    norman hall

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

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