Norwich City boss Chris Hughton wants no let up over the Premier League run-in

Bradley Johnson slams the Tottenham bar with a vicous free kick in the closing stages of Norwich's 1-0 Premier League win. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Bradley Johnson slams the Tottenham bar with a vicous free kick in the closing stages of Norwich's 1-0 Premier League win. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, February 24, 2014
1:59 PM

Chris Hughton urged his Norwich City players not to let their standards drop as they look to secure the club’s Premier League status.

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Robert Snodgrass’ 47th minute winner sunk Tottenham and edged the Canaries four points clear of the bottom three on an uplifting occasion at Carrow Road. Hughton had maintained his side’s performances deserved much more in recent times but the City boss admitted there must be no let up in the tightest relegation battle for many a season.

“It was a big win, particularly against this opposition. They are a quality team with talented players,” he said. “I think anytime you beat a top team it is a big one. It feels like an important win. My biggest concern was we had produced a really good level of performance in the last few games and I felt we had not got the results we probably deserved so you always have a fear about sustaining that level. We have been very good for the last three at Cardiff and West Ham away and Manchester City here. You must deal with those ups and downs, but is a wonderful standard to see. We needed to alleviate a bit of this pressure on us by getting goals. We did that and got the result with it. I am pleased for this group of lads. They work hard, they are committed and they share the frustration of the last few games.”

Hughton felt City’s defensive resolution and attacking threat against Spurs marked a high point in a season of frustrating inconsistency.

“I would say this season it was our best performance,” he said. “I thought we were good away at Stoke but we have had a few decent ones. We gave Chelsea a proper game here and Manchester United as well was, arguably for 45 minutes, the best we have played. This would be up there and of course we all accept that we are getting into that part of the season, that vital part, when every result seems to be a big one, so that adds to it perhaps.”

John Ruddy thwarted Tottenham in the immediate aftermath of Snodgrass’ cool finish but Hughton was also delighted for Ricky van Wolfswinkel after the Dutchman was preferred to Gary Hooper in one change to his starting line up.

“It has been difficult for Ricky,” he said. “That performance was how he started the season when he gave us good legs and worked the channels and worked defences in behind. I think we just felt at times with Tottenham playing a high line that maybe his running ability could get beyond them. I am really pleased for him because it has been a tough time for him.

“Every striker wants to score goals, but he had been out for three months in his first season at a new club in a new division.

“John made some very good saves but the more difficult ones were those decisions when he had to come off his line. The Tottenham keeper is probably the best in the business at doing that but I thought John was excellent.”

Norwich’s players and fans showed what it meant on the final whistle when a palpable wave of relief swept around Carrow Road. Television images also picked out an emotional David McNally, but Hughton confirmed afterwards the chief executive had suffered a family bereavement on the eve of the victory.

“I have been told and I can tell you he had a bereavement over the weekend, and that had a fair bit to do with it,” said Hughton.

27 comments

  • Please don't concern yourself with the efficient use of my time, Bad Form. It is as gratifying for me to compose a response to your post as it is irksome for you to read it. As far as I'm aware, you've only posted 2 things in the last couple of months and neither of them had anything to do with NCFC. The first described me (rather tautologically) as "monotonous and the epitome of boredom". (BTW I don't know the difference between being "boring" and being "the epitome of boredom" but then I suspect you don't either.) Your second post described me as "irksome". From this I have every right to infer that you would gladly attend my funeral which is an analogy for saying you would like to see me stop posting. Equally, I have every right to suggest you would doubtless enjoy the outpourings of MB (which means "might well enjoy", not "undoubtedly enjoy", which would indeed be presumptuous). Incidentally, when YOU use the word "inferred", you undoubtedly meant to say "implied". Anyway, back to topic, don't you agree that (1) it's too late to change manager at this late stage of the season (whatever one thinks of CH) and (2) If CH is to continue as manager, then he should try playing Hoolahan in a forward midfield role instead of Fer? I INFER (no pun intended) from your lack of any football-related posts that you may have no knowledge of or allegiance to NCFC. If so, then please don't waste your time (or mine) with a reply. Instead, you might prefer to join a gym where you can more effectively give vent to your unresolved feelings of anger and resentment.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Steely Dan, it is the loss of tv money which hits relegated clubs hardest. Even bottom clubs in the Prem receive in region of £60m from Sky and BT. On relegation it is a fraction of that creating a problem of finding the money to pay players who are still on Prem money. We are just lucky to be in such a strong position that is only an academic exercise!!

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • no i think we all suffer grief, and show it in different ways.On this one cut Mcnally some slack and move on . Good three points that was, now onto Villa and a repeat of the effort all round .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Tremendous shot by Bradley Johnson. Also our condolences to David McNally (Mcnicey).

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Oh dear, Brewer, I need to take you to be side and have a quiet word. For the time being, suffice it to say that I won't after all be asking you to deliver the eulogy at my funeral. Granted most of the congregation will be in celebratory mood (not least a pompous poster called "Bad Form" - see an earlier board) and as such they would doubtless warm to your wisdom, perspicacity and nimble turn o' phrase. However, there might be a few wanting to shed a tear or two and you might exacerbate the situation if you notice them weeping into their hymn sheets. Shock and awe. No doubt. Je vriend, B.

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Brew i do not often stand in opposition to peoples comments and I have rarely had a grievance with what you say, however today I do, we are all entitled to an opinion but if ones opinion is in such bad taste as this one from yourself then its best kept private and not put out in public. If you get a email from Archant then let there be no need for suspicion as it will be me that reports it. No need for it.

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Indeed very harsh MB. You have let yourself down a tad. I doubt McNally intended to put on a "public display" as you call it; more that his emotions got the better of him and the 'all seeing eye' of the cameras picked it up.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Yes, no let up! If the team can keep up that level of commitment then surely they must stay in the Premier. More performances like that please, especially against Lamberts' Villa!

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Steady On must have eaten Mad Brewer and metamorphosed to assume his identity...

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    Gruff

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Brewer your comment is in poor taste.

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    goldie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Barking Wise, if the price I have to pay for taking you to task over your verbalism and prose is to be labelled as 'pompous' then I'm happy to be labelled as such. However, you have no right to suggest that I subscribe to another's viewpoint unless I've either inferred or supported it in some way,which as you know,I haven't! BTW, please don't waste your time replying ....it's irksome!

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    Bad Form

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Barking - right behind you. Unfortunately contributors come on here from time to time, and think they can act as a site policeman. Oh oh Huckerby, Canary west and now Bad form are examples of this. Our friend Brew (and I am his sycophant) didn't have a great day yesterday. Maybe he got up and found he had been bitten by a poisonous serpent to use one of his own descriptions. He will be back, and on form soon, no doubt.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • A tad harsh, MB?

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    la barbe

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • On this point, I think you may be right, Gruff........and Oldtimer............and Sharky............and Budgie...........and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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    Barking Wise

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Although I was at the game, being a season ticket holder I still watched MOTD Sunday night and wondered what the reaction of McNally was all about come the final whistle. I then reffered back to a posting by Pub Man Dave suggesting reporting a press conference on Monday, was that to announce a managerial change I had wondered. In retrospect it was simply a sign of grief the poor man had suffered. From my point of view, it was very poor of the BBC to air the clip as they surely would have already known the reason for him looking upset, but chose to imply something different by making no comment. None of us know how we will react until such times are upon us but all including the media should show proper respect.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I was even moved to make a spelling mistake. Just trying to fit in. Not.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Just to add. Public grief was not intended by someone in the middle of hundreds of people. Grief happens in many ways. No one can know when it hits you. We are all human and I,m sure we all deal with it in different ways.

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Normally got a lot of time for what you have to say brew, but you let yourself down badly with the McNally comment. S**t does happen and to all of us at some time or another, and I for one can remember bursting into tears in the middle of a supermarket soon after my wife died. The man is a human being with human emotions, so ffs have a bit of sympathy.

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    oldtimer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Well said. M_Y, Bradley J rarely gets credit. He has improved his passing no end, and clearly enjoys working alongside Alexander the Great. Snods even allowed BJ to take on a couple of set-pieces. There`s progress, Robert.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • After Spurs the CH in or out situation is now deferred to end season and Mr McN and board are probably relieved by that. If we survive however do they stick or twist? Stick means adhering to our defensive design and providing CH with the funds to develop a cutting edge. Like the end of last season. Or twist and seek a replacement with an attacking philosophy. I'd say the latter. Going down is a much harder scenario and will be more about finance than managerial change. Financial Fair Play rules will be in place and they do not allow for clubs outside the Prem going heavily in debt. We are well run by Prem standards and will not take debt down with us but we have a Prem wage bill of £45m. The £60m parachute is not as good as it sounds, being spread over 4 years. Assuming we get £15m per season (I don't know if that's right) it is a shortfall against wages of £30m per season. Merchandise and tv money plummets and gate receipts suffer. You can gamble, like QPR, keep the best players and keep running up the debts and if promoted the ffp rules as for Prem clubs allows you to get off lightly. Fail however and you are talking Portsmouth etc. On the managerial side I would stick with CH if we go down. His Championship record is good and his style will work better there. One final thought on reading some of the posts here - Give Peace a Chance

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Trevorkeith there is no light at the end of the tunnel until we are mathematically safe before the final four matches! MB I do enjoy evading your comments from afar in !adrid but the last one is a tad harsh. Although I did initially think that the tears were because he couldn't figure out how to tell hoots replacement he had to wait a few weeks longer. Sincere condolences and respect for a difficult time. It was a great performance but we have to provide that level of commitment every game, not when the gun is pointing at the forehead. It proves we can disturb quality top half teams but we need to be more clinical in front of goal. I'm sorry but I don't think RVW has got what it takes or we are just not using his skills to best effect. Onwards and upwards, OTBC

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    JB

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Barking Wise, in response to your questions about my knowledge and support for NCFC you couldn't be more wrong. I've followed the team for over 30 years and have been a reader of these columns for some considerable time. In response to your questions about CH I reluctantly agree that it's too late to replace him now as that should have happened a while back. I'm not convinced it would achieve anything by playing Hoolahan in a more toward position but position but it might work. Anyhow, I'm off to the gym to let off some steam!

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    Bad Form

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Ref the picture above of Brad Johnson spanking that free kick. Note to Snodgrass. When standing with hands on hips thumbs should always be pointing backwards. Only girls stand hands on hips with the thumbs pointing forwards. Try it.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The headline says it all, a result at Villa and we can then start to see daylight at the end of this long dark tunnel. Surely the time has come for Lady Luck to smile on us for a change.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Lincs - some interesting figures there. Would I be right in assuming that the revenue of any relegated club would be reduced by £50 to £60m ? Or could it be even more ? I am only asking from a general interest in football finances point of view. I am not suggesting NCFC will be relegated,far from it.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Mad Brewer. your comment is truly ignorant, let alone in bad taste. Don't bother replying. Foolish man.

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    powelld123

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • An absolutely blistering strike from Brad Johnson that stunned the Spurs players. Fantastic performance all round. How I really, really, really, do hope that we take this performance into the next game against Villa and take the 3 points. And of course, condolences to David McNally and his family for their sad loss.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, February 24, 2014

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