Norwich City’s away form in the Premier League is a pressing concern for Chris Hughton

Norwich City's away form is top of Chris Hughton's agenda. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's away form is top of Chris Hughton's agenda. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
7:30 AM

Chris Hughton knows the next stage of Norwich City’s Premier League development is their ability to compete regularly away from Carrow Road.

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The Canaries’ remain resolute on home soil but a 1-0 win at Stoke in September is all they have to show for six league trips around the country.

“Stoke is a level we have to get back to. The philosophy certainly isn’t different,” said Hughton. “Of course you will have to set up differently on occasions and you know in certain games you will lose out in terms of possession, but we always try to get something in every game we play. We have been a bit stop start, but that is the league generally and we want to get some consistency and continuity.

“First and foremost I need to make sure that we play with discipline, particularly at Anfield, but you also have to try and have periods with the ball. We found out at Manchester City if you have a bad day and they have a good one what can happen and we never got near them. As much as we want to win away, and we will do, it will always be more difficult for us.”

Hughton realises few will give his side a chance at Liverpool, but Norwich head north buoyed by victory over Crystal Palace.

“It doesn’t change the mindset going to Anfield but I would be lying to say there isn’t a better feeling and confidence is a big part of the game,” he said. “You just want them to carry that feeling into the Liverpool game. We have been disappointing away from home and this game arguably doesn’t come much tougher. “We wanted to be out of the bottom three and now we are, we want to look upwards.”

21 comments

  • …..We are almost back to the old 'W' formation, with 2 wingers, a Centre Forward, and 2 inside men just behind them. That would give a 'Balanced ' side.....Blimey it all sounds so easy!..... Don't wish to put thoughts into the mind of management. but it might be worth consideration....Now there's the Snodgrass position! Well at present he is doing a good job for us by bwing on sick leave!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Colin, I half-way agree, but I do wonder whether our stronger away form in 2011-12 was a lot do do with GH's personlaity on the pitch. He didn't seem to care whether we were home or away, or who the opposition were. No-one on the squad with that style of leadership now, more's the pity. On a related point, I cannot recall such an extreme home-away contrast as Manchester City are showing so far. Won 77 at home by a huge average margin, won 16 away for 4 points and a negative goal difference. There's something for the sports psychologists to ponder...

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    Pierre

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Tactics old boy, tactics!

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Totally agree....we have no true leader on the pitch - someone who exudes confidence and who is able to encourage and drive the others on. Teams need leaders on and off the pitch. Do we have either?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • We've got to stop laying down in away games. Southampton went to Chelsea and had a go. West Brom went there and deserved to win, and would have except for blatant cheating. We are in season 3 in the Prem. Same as Swansea and 1 more than Southampton. It's time Hughton realised we are not a tiny club just lucky to be here and should build up confidence and momentum so that we try to get something out of every game. We won't, but as Waclor said, if you set up negatively you will almost certainly fail. If a more positive attitude can keep us winning home games against those in the bottom 12, and getting some draws and the odd win away from home, we'll stay up.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Stew, I certainly would not consider playing LB as a central defender but he may be useful as a central midfielder. In some ways it is a shame that he is labelled as a striker whereas he may have something to offer in a central attacking roll. I know we already have Howson and Wes but an early change second half can sometimes catch the oposition out. I am sure we will play a 4,5,1 formation but that can still be an attacking formation if applied correctly. Redmond will frighten most defenders with his pace that is for sure. OTBC

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • The way Hughton is sending out this team reminds me of Worthington when we got promoted last time. He got rid of the two people who were leaders on the pitch Malky and Iwan and we spent the season with no one in charge on the pitch. Holty certainly used to keep their chins up and gave his all. But the problem was he was a goalscorer and a leader something Hughton does not seem to want. If he stays we are heading back to the championship, his man management and negative thoughts are a joke. So wake up Mcnally and act now.

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    JohnW

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I'd imagine we're going to need Olsson's pace at the back to deal with their onslaught....

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Yes, and though I am a great admirer of Paul Lambert, it is interesting to see that his team are still rather stuttering, 50 games on from his arrival, perhaps because he hasn't got a Holt there either. And on the subject of away form, PL does have that cracked but fans are going mental about the home results. "No plan B" seems to be a complaint...

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    Pierre

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I would worry about your home form to still everything is fine now you won against a already relegated side I expect after another thumping tonight it will be agent hughton out again

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    Townman

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • For "77" read "7 from 7" and for "16" read "1 from 6".

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    Pierre

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Pierre you are spot on! Holt made the difference because he made the team - and the fans - believe they could beat anyone in on any ground in any part of the country. It was his attitude to win paired with Lambert's ruthlessness that got us here, but now I fear that desire is all but dried up.

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    Powers1902

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • We've got to stop laying down in away games. Southampton went to Chelsea and had a go. West Brom went there and deserved to win, and would have except for blatant cheating. We are in season 3 in the Prem. Same as Swansea and 1 more than Southampton. It's time Hughton realised we are not a tiny club just lucky to be here and should build up confidence and momentum so that we try to get something out of every game. We won't, but as Waclor said, if you set up negatively you will almost certainly fail. If a more positive attitude can keep us winning home games against those in the bottom 12, and getting some draws and the odd win away from home, we'll stay up.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • …..No Malaga ! ..Sadly we don't!....The manager and his advisers decided that leadership on the pitch was unnecessary from the moment he took control! ...Holt opted out and who could blame him?... He had spent the previous three years pushing and getting that extra ounce from all his colleagues... but our Chrissy was going to do it his way, come what may!..... I say to Mr McNally 'Open your eyes and get rid of this bunch that think they know how to run a Football Team...and then BEG Holt to return into the Dressing Room!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Tell them to play their game with no pressure. Simple.

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    Mr. Livers

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • The man clearly does not believe that Norwich belong in the EPL. If you start any task believing you have no chance of succeeding, you are sure to fail. What effect must this have on the players?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • We certainly need to start well, so whatever was said or done before last weeks game, needs saying before the lads get on the pitch today. I expect a 4,5,1 formation but it will be interesting to see who becomes the extra midfielder. Perhaps we could play Whittaker at left back, move Olsson to the left wing, Redmond to the right and then Wes could play in the hole with Howson operating box to box.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • …..If a regular reader of these columns thought you and I were the same person Trev, they would be entirely wrong....but we think alike....independently... both Howson and of course Hoolahan...were made for these positions, or were these positions made for them?..... Their names should be FIRST on the team sheet, and others filled in around them....I also agree that Olsen could be given a go on the left wing, and with Redmond on the right and possibly Hooper in the forward Centre spot we at last would have an attack!....I have also suggested that Becchio be tried at Centre Back but that was ridiculed by the seven Tea ladies.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Luca is a target man to hold the ball, lay it off to arriving midfielders or play a strike partner through. Whichever, this gives some relief to the defence particularly when playing a very good team away.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I think the squad should all be hypnotised so that they believe the boos of the opposing crowd are actually cheers. That'll sort it.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • "Always be more difficult for us" - That is why this man is not the long-term future of NCFC and if he keeps us up we should still look around to see if anyone better is available. We must pick up more points away. Even draws all help when added to home wins. West Brom have only won 1 away, but they have drawn 4, so are 4 points better off than us. Southampton have 2 wins and 2 draws so are 5 points better off than us.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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