Chris Hughton has been in the professional game too long to get carried away with Norwich’s upwardly mobile trajectory.

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City’s latest stirring 4-3 Premier League win at Swansea earned Hughton the distinction of presiding over the club’s best unbeaten top flight run in the modern era. Norwich’s ninth consecutive league match without defeat also moved them nine points clear of the current bottom three – and that is the only statistic driving Hughton on to try and scale even greater heights.

“We certainly won’t lose sight of what the realities are,” he said. “We assess every game and that is the only way to do it. We are still in a group of teams where it is still all about staying in this division. We are not about setting targets, we just want to try and be the best we can and try to improve game after game. We are still very new in this division. We had a wonderful season back up for the first time last season, but it always changes because it is a massive test for us. “I’m proud of the players, irrespective of any run we are on, because they put in a tough shift every game. Fortunately for us we showed enough resilience to see it through again and they deserve every credit going. They knew the points hadn’t come for us earlier in the season but it was about creating something within the group to get us on a run.”

Hughton hailed Norwich’s first half masterclass as the best yet under his command and the Canaries could have been out of sight before Swansea’s high-octane response straight after the interval.

“That first half could not have gone any better for us,” he said. “We didn’t make things easy for ourselves, albeit we could have been 4-0 up when Bradley (Johnson) hits the bar. We conceded too early and that was always going to give them a lift.

“Probably the thing that I was delighted about the most was when it went to 3-2 the majority of those here will have expected it to go 3-3 and perhaps Swansea to get a winner. I think we had a period where we had to really dig deep and the fourth goal was pivotal for us.

“It is a wonderful marker for the players. We continually say every game is a tough one for us, but that first half was really excellent. It doesn’t get any better, but that is tough to sustain for 90 minutes. The character we showed with 30 minutes to go – it was 31 minutes to go actually – even though it seemed like longer was tremendous.”

Hughton had to deliver one of his more testing half-time team talks despite the Canaries being three goals to the good at the break.

“It’s an easy one to speak about, but a difficult one for the players to put into practice,” he said. “It is quite hard to tell them to do the same things, to show the same work ethic, not to take any chances, to put pressure on them and break when you have the opportunity to do so, but the goals change things. Possibly that is the way the rhythm of the game goes. You can look at a couple of their goals and in the first half they were going the other side of the post or Bunny (Mark Bunn) saves. It was tough, we had to weather it a little bit but we showed real quality and four different goalscorers as well.”

Hughton will now switch his focus to a Capital One Cup quater-final tie against Aston Villa tomorrow and a roll call of his troops with Steven Whittaker a late withdrawal at the Liberty Stadium after the Scot had opened the scoring.

“Yes he did (go off with a niggle), he just felt something. I think he is okay,” said Hughton, speaking immediately after the game. “I obviously have a lot of decisions to make regarding Tuesday.”

12 comments

  • That`s it, Swiss. Spot on. A not so subtle play on words. They haven`t corrected the spelling yet, so maybe MBA Marine can still claim his proof reading fee!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • When we fell back and let them come on to us they always looked like scoring with Michu and de Guzman pretty capable of hitting winners from anywhere. It was better when we took more control of the MF and stopped them playing what they wanted. The Bunny man is OK but is not really big enough to rule the area. It's a big ask but hopefully get will get more confident. It was a good job that the Swansea defence were away with the fairies. Didn't see Quatermass & the pit until the '70s but ist was well ahead of it's time.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Dunno about Qwatermazz but Bunny looked like the original Dracula out there second half. Come back soon JR. Just for the anoraks I think the good Doc was played by Anthony Quinn and a London Underground station was involved. I was only six so I could be wrong. PS I hope this Tettey nonsense is just that - nonsense. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • "Quatermass is a story of the future – but perhaps only a few years from now. There are some clues in the most obvious places: the streets. Pavements littered with rubbish. Walls painted with angry graffiti. Belfast black with smoke and rage. Worst of all, the mindless violence” or the Manchester derby...

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • André Morell, circa 1958. Frightening stuff in Black & White on a 14" TV screen!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I read on BBC that our Previous Leader is expecting a bit of stick from City fans @ the Capital Cup match. Let`s disappoint him and be really nice & polite. Like Hoots. Oh, and WIN. Also like Hoots! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Or Hoots could have asked Bradley Johnson to do an audacious one two and flick the ball with the outside of his boot and over the goalie. Had that gone in it would have been game over. Perhaps we conceded because we resorted to a Worthington back eight in an attempt to defend but forgot ot stop the crosses. Or was it down to Bunn being a few inches shorter than Ruddy to claim those crosses?

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    Pondlife

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I was only 10 then.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Quatermass and the Pit?

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Hoots should have sent the team out after half time with instructions to concentrate on defence for the first 20 minutes at least especially as we had a good lead at that time and must have known that the Swans would come out fighting hard as they had nothing to lose. Frustrating or what !

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    goldie

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Quaterfinal & the Snakepit.(sic).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I was 15, watched it on next doors tele!

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    tom the taxi

    Monday, December 10, 2012

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