Norwich City manager Chris Hughton is still confident of repeating his Premier League survival challenge

Norwich manager Chris Hughton (right) at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night, with first-team coach Paul Trollope (far left). Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich manager Chris Hughton (right) at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night, with first-team coach Paul Trollope (far left). Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, January 16, 2014
10:05 AM

Chris Hughton insists he is the man to lead Norwich City to Premier League safety this season.

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City chief executive David McNally yesterday reiterated avoiding relegation is imperative and Hughton knows the stakes could not be any higher ahead of Hull City’s Carrow Road visit on Saturday.

Norwich’s FA Cup exit at Fulham extended their winless run to eight matches, but the City boss believes he had to survive an even more testing spell towards the end of last season’s fraught survival battle.

“It is a tough period. I wouldn’t say it is my toughest since coming here,” he said.

“You have to remember we finished in 11th place last season but with three games to go we were one of seven or eight teams who could have gone down. We have had tough periods and you have to come out of them stronger. We have no choice but to dust ourselves down and get ready for Hull. It was a massive disappointment to go out of the cup and the only thing on my mind was that feeling.

“We had a support who travelled a long way and who saw a team that was not good enough. Now we have a huge game at the weekend and all my thoughts are on planning for that one.”

Hughton is bearing the brunt of the fans’ anger but the Norwich manager refuses to single out any of his players for blame.

“I wouldn’t put it down to individuals,” he said. “We need to improve at both ends of the pitch. On the balance of the (Fulham) game we played some nice stuff but it has to be more productive than we are showing at the moment. We are conceding poor goals and we don’t look like we can score.

“We could not have started the game more lively. We had one good chance and one half chance in that first period and Fulham probably scored on their first major attack.

“We are getting into good areas of the pitch. Some of our football has been good and we had spells of the game when we had decent control so it wasn’t one-way traffic. I didn’t think Fulham absolutely dominated possession.”

17 comments

  • Partridge have just said Northampton want Calderwood. Here's hoping. ..

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • This is my last comment on CH fed up with it all? When NCFC have a new manager, when the board or ever gets the balls to sack him then maybe we can start to have positive thoughts and chats? so the quicker CH go's the sooner we can start to believe again!

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    Keep it Low

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • The man is truly unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We never score or look like scoring with the way the side is set up we might as well sign BRYANT and MAY as strikers they would have as much success!!!! Every one of the sides around us are now banging in the goals so where will we get precious wins from? ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK Those words are like showing a cross to a vampire!!!! Enough is enough.We have a loyal talented coach slredy here- pls ls pls give NEIL ADAMS the job on a caretaker basis to beat Hull then carefully choose the RIGHT man to save us.It really is that simple however with a stubborn manager and an ostrich - like Board what real hope is there? Please MR MAC THINK AGAIN SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE AND GIVE US FANS A LIFT AND SOME HOPE

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    Mawther07

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • el dingo, ref. Bewilderwood, I`ve just posted a similar comment on another board. My original (conspiracy) theory was that he was going to Wigan in order to catalyse Holty`s immediate escape from his clutches in order to go to Villa. Agree with you, LYBirdie, on the lack of an inspirational figure on the pitch since Holty left. I hope you are right that Gutierrez may provide that spark. He seems to be bit of a "character" all right. They`ll soon coach that out of him, I fear.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Oh well Holty's gone, and I think an experienced player with bags of aggression and determination with the stomach for a fight to inspire the rest of the team has been missing I'm afraid. Could really use an Argentine international with premier league experience and fighting character in difficult circumstances to inspire the team at the moment. Enter Gutierrez, stage left...

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I will personally Drive Calderwood and his stupid blue Nike trainers to Northampton myself!!!!! Heck they can have Hughton if they like as well. I bet Northampton will wait and see if they all get sacked though to avoid big compo to NCFC. Now this story is out there please dont start saying everything will be ok if Calderwood goes and Hughton brings in an attacking coach. He isnt going to do that and it wont help. Hughton like most managers has his beliefs and he will stick to them no matter what the eagle eyed fan says.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • this man must be a masicist or maybe he has metal health issues sorry CH you have contributed to the down fall of this club with clueless desciaions and pathetic reterick? Do us all favour and GO thats the only thing that will help NCFC to stay in the premiership.

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    Keep it Low

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Can some fans at the match devise a song for Saturday along the lines of - 'We're still outside the bottom three, we're still outside the bottom three, tra la la la, tra la la la'

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • nORWICH BEAT hULL saT. aLL BAD COMMENTS will be turned UpSiDe down. This will come to pass.You know who you are you will all still be there at the turnstiles.

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    PaulH

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • He really is the most clueless person on the planet, it's not just about survival, embarrassingly dismal performance s all season must have been part of his brief too!

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • “We are getting into good areas of the pitch. Some of our football has been good and we had spells of the game". Its comments like these over a 12 months period that caused Chris Hughton to lose my support. In counter to those comments Chris I say Have we won? Have these 'good spells' resulted in the desired result of goals? A massive NO is the answer. Its the same tape on repeat for 12 months and clearly the same message being given from behind the scenes as we've not shown one tiny sign of change or moving forwards or in reality treading water. Its just been 12 months of decline. You dont need 12 years at Oxford & a degree in business to see that. The writing has been on the wall a long long long time.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I wonder if Hoots was tutored in the belief that Naaaridge fans are all good ol` boys `n gals; very kind, good natured, understanding, patient - and, importantly, a bit `slow on the uptake`? All of which attributes are true to greater or lesser extents. A good test would be to re-run the "Hughton Out\In" Poll again should we beat Hull in a convincing manner. How many will have forgotten and forgiven? goldie, I confess I am clutching at straws regarding Gutierrez, but straws are all there is to clutch at, sadly :(

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Just a little reminder Chris. Last five games are Fulham away, Liverpool at home, Manchester Utd. away, Chelsea away and Arzenal at home, Paddy Power nearly bit my hands off to take my bet on us getting one point from this lot!!!! Ha, Ha, Ha, come inside you silly fella!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • this man must be a masicist or maybe he has metal health issues sorry CH you have contributed to the down fall of this club with clueless desciaions and pathetic reterick? Do us all favour and GO thats the only thing that will help NCFC to stay in the premiership.

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    Keep it Low

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Just a little reminder Chris. Last five games are Fulham away, Liverpool at home, Manchester Utd. away, Chelsea away and Arsenal at home, Paddy Power nearly bit my hands off to take my bet on us getting one point from this lot!!!! Ha, Ha, Ha, come inside you silly fella!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Wish Hughton would let me look at his crystal ball because looks like he bought a reject.

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    goldie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • He really is the most clueless person if he thinks it's just about survival, we are pathetic and embarrassing most games, and if we scrap survival that doesn't change anything. He not capable of changing things and improving the football so get rid of him now.

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    Burglecut

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

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