Norwich City boss Chris Hughton does not fear a Liverpool backlash

Norwich City's Ryan Bennett and Mark Bunn have painful memories of the club's previous Premier League trip to Liverpool. Picture by Dave Rawcliffe/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Ryan Bennett and Mark Bunn have painful memories of the club's previous Premier League trip to Liverpool. Picture by Dave Rawcliffe/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
8:00 AM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton does not fear a Liverpool backlash in Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Anfield (7:45pm).

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Brendan Rodgers’ star-studded squad slipped to a 3-1 weekend defeat at Hull that is sure to trigger a strong response against the Canaries as Hughton’s men bid to address a wretched away run.

“I think you almost have to take that game out of the equation,” he said. “What you are faced with is a Liverpool team having a very good season who are excellent at home. That is what we have to contend with. They will want to react on the back of what they might feel is a poor result or poor performance and as a manager I know he will want a reaction from the players. We have to expect that.

“I don’t think it changes too much for us because, psychologically, you can turn it any way you want. You can look at it either way, whether it is about bouncing back or carrying on in a good vein of form. We look at all their previous matches. If I go back to the derby (against Everton) that was perhaps as good as we have seen for a while and they showed how good they are in an attacking sense. I thought Hull mixed up their game.

“There were plenty of times when they dropped back into a good shape and you could see they had played that formation with three centre halves on numerous occasions but they were also able to switch from playing on the counter to pressing them higher.”

Hughton insists his side are mentally strong enough to cope with another daunting Merseyside test, but Norwich will not have to face the injured Daniel Sturridge who scored his first Anfield goal for the Reds in a 5-0 hammering on City’s previous league trip.

“Last season does not come into it. They have quality players but we have to concentrate on what we want to do,” said Hughton. “It is a great place to play and a wonderful surface. It is about confidence and we know going to Anfield there are not many tougher places than that. It is certainly better going there on the back of a good win and a clean sheet.

“Sturridge is a big blow for them. He is a top player and not only a top player scoring goals for them but has forced his way into that England reckoning. He is having a super season, but they have some very good other players. They are a squad full of quality and I am not surprised to see them up there.”

31 comments

  • I would bite your hand off for a point right now but will accept any result as long as we perform well.

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    Flying Canary

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Townman...you demonstrate a grammatical ability far over and above others I have encountered who support Ipswich. Well done to you.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Not really surprised a Pi$witch commentor on here, there has been (haven't read the EADT or Star recently) someone with the moniker of 'clever canary' who likes to wind up the donkey supporters. Probably an Archant implant just like Ged and his many alias's. We need the defence to be alert tonight, that includes you, Russel Martin, and 100% commitment and who knows. OTBC.

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    FXT Canary

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Who's going to keep Suarez quiet for us? Bennett to man mark him? Or was CH saving Turner for this task?

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I have to agree with several postings here regarding City's approach to the opposition. We certainly need to press them strongly as soon as we lose possession - a part of our game that needs improving. We're also not good at picking up players in our penalty area especially at set pieces. A couple of basic defensive deficiencies that surely our management team are more than capable of recognising and sorting out.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Tonight, a point would be brilliant, a win unbelievable, but what we want to see mostly is pride, a fighting spirit, and from the manager tactical flexibility, and an ability to show there is such a thing as a plan B

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • That shows how much you know, Dobby, Hooper has already scored two goals!

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Hughton insists his squad are mentally strong enough, what an a**e!

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Hooper scores 1goal against a bottom club you only just beat at home and you really think your play well tonight get real can't wait to read you all moaning later still we keep winning game after game

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    Townman

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Why so much animosity between Norwich and Ipswich on here,it only needs friendly banter.It's only a game of football,not the end of the world.Good luck tonight.!!

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    Blue army

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • LYB, Yes a Hooper goal or two would be nice but as long as we score few will care who puts it away. Howson is possibly due one as well and he is playing well right now. Lets all keep our fingers crossed and hope we get a good result tonight, if not as long as the team do their best all will be well for the next game. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Tonight, a point would be brilliant, a win unbelievable, but what we want to see mostly is pride, a fighting spirit, and from the manager tactical flexibility, and an ability to show there is such a thing as a plan B

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I agree, Norman. We do not work hard enough. Do not get into the faces of our opponents enough, allow them too much space in the final third of the pitch and also have big concentration lapses. We came into the Premiership playing high tempo football and that stood us in good stead. But, having splashed out on better players, it seems that energy and commitment has gone. Which is a fatal flaw. Even the best teams and players across Europe work hard both on and off the ball. Effort, determination allied to good teamwork can overcome better opponents. But if you sit back they will punish you and hard - as we have found to our cost!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Don't get carried away though Townman, you're still only semiliterate. Keep up the classes.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • As Norwich fans we are used to having more hope than expectation especially in recent away games. Saying that, the premier league season so far has been the most unpredictable ever, Hull last week, West Brom at UTD and West Ham at Spurs, we have to believe this is our day. However I will be dreading an early goal and Liverpool will know we're partial to conceding them. But you never know, if we defend well, Ruddy has a good game and if we are able to break with success we might get something from the match.

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    Hello Neil

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I said Liverpool would to good for us every wear. i know more than people give credit for i got it right again.

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • CH seems to spend more time talking about the opposition than his own team. The reality of the situation is that City cannot match Liverpool in any position on the pitch. The only way for inferior opposition to pick up points against far better sides is to harry ,work hard and not allow any time on the ball. So far this season, all this has been lacking form the the City players. A win against the bottom side at home , only 3 shots on target, does not bode well for the future. CH does not seem to be able to motivate this Championship level bunch of players. Watch how time and time again City players just stop running after losing the ball, which they do so often.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • waclor SEE YOU GOT IT WRONG AGAIN I SAID NOT SCORE 2 THE GAME AT LIVERPOOL. YOU SHOULD READ THE LETTERS AGAIN BEFOR YOU REPLY

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

  • Now Mr Hooper has tasted the opposition's blood a couple of times, it would be soooo nice to to have an upset tonight. Expecting nothing, but you never know. :-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • That shows how much you know, Dobby, Hooper has already scored two goals!

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Half time 3-0 so no Liverpool backlash just one from Saurez

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Malaga Flier, you have hit the nail squarely on the head! Sit back and let them come to us and we will be thrashed but get in their faces from the start and chase every ball and who knows what will happen? As professionals they should be fit enough to do this but have they got the resolve to do it for 90 minutes?

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • flying canary agree completely that tonight is about seeing a good NCFC performance.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Algarve, totally agree, tonight is all about what sort of performance we put in. If we go with an attitude that we can play, compete, and get a result, we might. Roll out the red carpet as we did twice in Manchester, and our GD will take another battering. Here's hoping for the former. OTBC

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Not really surprised a Pi$witch commentor on here, there has been (haven't read the EADT or Star recently) someone with the moniker of 'clever canary' who likes to wind up the donkey supporters. Probably an Archant implant just like Ged and his many alias's. We need the defence to be alert tonight, that includes you, Russel Martin, and 100% commitment and who knows. OTBC.

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    FXT Canary

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • That shows how much you know, Dobby, Hooper has already scored two goals!

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Oh sorry Dobby, did you mean in one match?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Sorry lads can't see anything but a defeat to good up front for us Liverpool just to good all round .sorry

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    DOBBY1970

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I think some of you are watching to much fantasy football if you think Hooper is going to get 2 goals.

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    DOBBY1970

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Why do people that support the strange blue folk feel the overwhelming urge to post on here , it really serves no purpose . Now if they were setting the championship alight and blazing a trail of mesmerising football then maybe it would , but for every half decent display they have two or three awful ones . I accept that we haven't played that well , but we are facing much better teams , could that be because we are in the premier league I think that could be it . Townman maybe you should direct your efforts at the team you claim to follow . Just a thought you understand :-)

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Hughton squad is mentally strong who's he trying to convince maybe his self not the fans and not me or anyone else anyone that do who must go and have there head looked at.

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    DOBBY1970

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

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