Norwich City boss Chris Hughton urges the Canaries to build on West Brom Premier League win

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was delighted with another Premier League clean sheet against West Brom. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was delighted with another Premier League clean sheet against West Brom. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, December 9, 2013
7:15 AM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton offered a wry smile in response to whether a 2-0 Premier League win over West Brom was the perfect away day – before admitting it marked a massive step in the right direction.

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City returned to Norfolk with a clean sheet and points for only the second time this campaign in the top flight following the early season victory against Stoke. But that was where the similarities ended, with a relatively composed shift in the Potteries far removed from the barrage they had to withstand at the Hawthorns. John Ruddy and City’s much-maligned backline were obdurately resolute prior to Leroy Fer’s late finish that prompted a rare show of emotion from Hughton in the immediate aftermath following Gary Hooper’s first-half opener to set Norwich on their way.

“I think the perfect performance would be not to have put ourselves under so much pressure in that second half but in some ways, yes, I would agree,” said Hughton. “It was the type of game in that second period where they would either get a draw or a win or we were going to break away and get that second one and that is how it panned out. It was the ideal response (after Liverpool) and it had to come from the players because you do not have much opportunity to prepare.

“The moment you allow yourself to get caught up in the doom and gloom of a bad result it doesn’t allow you to push on. We know how poor we were in that game and a reaction doesn’t always guarantee a result, but that is two clean sheets in three matches which is as important to me as anything.”

Hughton has urged his squad to take massive belief from the nature of a hard-fought win founded on defensive solidity.

“We have to take a big belief from this game,” he said. “We have had two good results here and Stoke and probably the performance at Arsenal as well I felt we were excellent on the ball. We need to show what we did here in our good periods for longer spells. There are going to be ups and downs in a season but you have to put yourself in the best position to be in an up and whilst home form has been good, the away form hasn’t. We’ve put things right here after Liverpool.

“We did most of our talking and most of the disappointment was cleared out before we left Liverpool and then the focus was very much on West Brom.”

Hughton opted to keep Hooper in reserve at Anfield until the later stages before unleashing him on the Baggies, where he plundered his fifth goal in 12 appearances with a predatory finish since a summer move from Celtic.

“Gary will score goals if we give him chances and he has a run in the team. We have to provide him with that platform,” he said. “What he is now is physically in good shape. As a striker to get injured that one week before the season makes the early part of the season difficult. His CV and his record shows he is a good finisher but of course he has to have opportunities and we have to be able to feed him and give him a service. He made a good statement before the (Crystal) Palace game that the difference in this league is fewer chances so you certainly have to be more clinical.”

18 comments

  • Rottsrool, if it is "urge" you don't like, note that that is the journo's language and not CH's. I can't see anything in the CH quotes to take against, he even uses your "have to". (BTW, your name spellchecks on iPad to "Rotter Oil"; one day I fear I'll press send without checking...)

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I hope your right Mikesa

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    Rottsrool

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I hope your right Mikesa

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    Rottsrool

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • As long as he doesn't join in the building down Colney Lane, I don't mind what he does

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Was the 4-1-3-1 when we were down to ten men ;-)

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    sharky

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Rottsrool, only a dimwit would take a phrase used in the above article and not be able to work out that it has come from the journalist and is not attributed to the manager. The same intellect as a 'supporter' who wants the manager sacked after the team has won 3 out of the last 5..

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    Johny

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • canarydownunder, we've had three different formations used this season: 4-4-2, 4-1-3-1 and 4-2-3-1. We've even seen the guy make substitutions that have changed a game. Not saying he's become a master of impact substitutions overnight, but he has made substitutions earlier in games to change it this season and sometimes it has worked. If anything, this season, where he's come unstuck from trying to make changes to get a win. A couple of absolute batterings by top teams aside, he's doing pretty well and will do better.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Good post 'MikelSA'..... Against WBA we won, we're very happy, but how can you build on basically very poor foundations. We were mostly awful. We say it every time, "our next game", against Swansea, will be very, very interesting.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Following our performance on Wednesday, I added my voice to those who think CH should go. Saturday's performance was hardly inspiring, even though we got the result thanks to two excellent finishes. However, I have had a look at the teams we have faced this season, and we have faced a disproportionate number of top half sides. The only top half team we haven't played (in the league) is Man U, whereas we haven't yet played two of the bottom three (Fulham and Sunderland) as well as Swansea. Added to that, I believe that Redmond will learn to cross a ball and shoot, and that Hooper and Howson are just beginning to show what they can do. In other words, I am suddenly an optimist. (Please learn to defend against the top teams though!)

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    MikelSA

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • We weren't awful against West Brom. First half they had five players in the middle of the park against our four because we were playing four four two. Second half they went hell for leather for a goal, we mostly defended well, got lucky with a couple of mistakes, had some amazing saves from Ruddy then punished them with a good counter-attacking move finished off by Fer. We had some luck during the game, but we weren't lucky to win, the team earned it by scoring two goals and defending well enough that West Brom didn't score.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Rotter oil hahaha Kinda like that :)

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    Rottsrool

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Rotswool, yes I am very happy thank you. Now go and calm yourself down, maybe you just need to do some deep breathing and take a rest in a dark room.

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    Johny

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • canarydownunder, we've had three different formations used this season: 4-4-2, 4-1-3-1 and 4-2-3-1. We've even seen the guy make substitutions that have changed a game. Not saying he's become a master of impact substitutions overnight, but he has made substitutions earlier in games to change it this season and sometimes it has worked. If anything, this season, where he's come unstuck from trying to make changes to get a win. A couple of absolute batterings by top teams aside, he's doing pretty well and will do better.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • As long as you are happy with the form so far this season were all happy for you FOOL. But you are probably happy just hovering at the bottom of the table and fighting to stay up at the end of the season. Get a clue johny

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    Rottsrool

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • (Norwich City boss Chris Hughton urges the Canaries to build on West Brom Premier League win) urges !!!!! I am so sick of CH, He's urging his players, how about acting like a real manager and seeing to it that it happens, it sounds as if he's asking instead of telling the team IT HAS TO HAPPEN.

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    Rottsrool

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • WBA are a team down on their luck right now, so Saturdays game was all about character and determination. NCFC came out the winners on both fronts so lets all rejoice. Sunday will be a bigger test but with the backing of the crowd we can get a resullt. Lets not forget that we are missing our two preferred wingers and Redmond is still a work in progress right now. Perhaps we need Neil Adams to give him some intensive training and advice.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • LYB, at Newcastle we were 2-0 before half time, chasing the game, but didn't bring Hoolahan and Murphy on til the 89th minute. Different to Lambert when Villa were 2 down at WBA - he made 3 subs just after half time and almost won the game.

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I hope your right Mikesa

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    Rottsrool

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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