Norwich City’s midfield mix can tip the balance over the Premier League run-in

Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is back in the fold for the Canaries. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is back in the fold for the Canaries. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 21, 2014
11:13 AM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton admits having his key midfield trio back for the Premier League run-in is a major boost.

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Jonny Howson has returned to light training after missing nearly two months with a back complaint to bolster a central midfield unit that had also been without Alex Tettey’s driving influence following the Norwegian’s ankle surgery. Tettey is now back in the ranks but his deployment behind Howson and Leroy Fer secured a first Premier League away win of the campaign at Stoke in September until the experiment was cut short by Tettey’s ankle injury against Cardiff.

“Alex is a big player for us,” said Hughton. “He covers so much ground for us and there are not too many frills to his game. He does things that don’t get a lot of headlines, like nicking balls and keeping possession for us.

“I am really pleased to get him back. Probably one of our better away performances this season was at Stoke when we played a three in there and he was excellent so there is no doubt we have missed him. What we have in Alex is the options that he gives us, whether starting or coming in to shore things up in the middle of the park. They are going to be vital in the last few games.”

Fer has had to shoulder much of the burden in central midfield during his debut season with the Dutch international now pushed further forward following Tettey’s return alongside Bradley Johnson.

“We have given him a little bit of a different role which allows him some more freedom and he is one of our better players on the ball,” said Hughton.

“He is still adjusting to English football. There have been some ups and downs and he hasn’t always been good but this is somebody who has only missed two (league) games. “

19 comments

  • SC, surely you would agree that Tettey-Fer-Howson was going great guns till Tettey got crocked?

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    Pierre

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Surprisingly close Steely Dan if only i'd followed the family path. Family member runs a popular high street bookies in the beccles area & uncle runs a private based horse racing bookies (for the punter looking to place a rather substantial bet lets just say) I'm a dab hand at score guesses to be fair (Little tip for sunday.....2-1 to NCFC....hush hush wink wink). Made a fair few pounds under the Hugthon era on NCFC score guesses but dont take my advice on accumulators....I always use to get let down by 1 team. Guess thats why they are a bookies best friend as winners are few and far between. No more clues on my profession though. Its an extremely slow friday though and the only other person above me is away skiing (im very very jealous to be fair) so I think I will depress myself a bit more looking at our fixture list a bit more this afternoon.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • That probably rules you out working in a bookies, Matt. Any more clues ?

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Just like they have dominated games, provided pin point passes to our "Strikers" and chipped in with goals so far this season ...ha ha

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    A fine city

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I reckon 333 could be working in a Taxi office..

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    tom the taxi

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • duplicate submissions are due to software deficiencies. Repetitive clicking of 'submit' to stir it into life.

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    Armchair fan

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Sounds to me like preparing the ground for a wrongful dismissal claim.

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    Armchair fan

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Not surprised Howson hurt his back....been carrying NCFC on it all season......BOOM back of the net! Why has nobody at Archant picked up on that nugget! Ill let them have that one for free. Im here all week (between the hours of 7:30 & 4pm)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Sounds to me like preparing the ground for a wrongful dismissal claim.

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    Armchair fan

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Just about to say `nice one waclor` when I realised the anagram doesn`t work, wac! Used a `T` too many, likewise `L` & there`s no available `F` . Only used one of the two available `R`s and four of the five available`O`s. You haven`t used the `U` `N` `C``D`or `G`. I think the total number of letters is OK. Other than that, it`s spot on. Still, there MUST be an anagram in there somewhere! (I`m not trying it!). Of course, by the time I`d worked a few minutes on this homework, I realised you were `avin` a laaarrf! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • It`ll be a while before Howson`s up to speed. Any news on Elliott B?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Don't know about Matt's job but he starts early. Either a logistics expert or a pox doctors clerk.

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    el dingo

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • There was only a one match success on which to judge the trio's proficiency. In any case what's a squad for?

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    Armchair fan

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I think Tom could well be right. I have already made that guess, El dingo only being slightly more respectful my job title suggestion was Appointments Clerk at the Special Clinic.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • In theory we have a midfield with a lot of potential. Unfortunately it seems to remain a theory.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • I don't know if you guys are into anagrams but if you take H-U-G-H-T-O-N C-A-L-D-E-R-W-O-O-D T-R-O-L-L-O-P-E YOU GET "Three totally hopeless fools". Amazing isn't it?

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    waclor

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Early shop shift at the new Gregg`s in Garlic Street, I reckon. There used to be a local baker called Mattias. Or was it Matthes?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Waclor - You haven`t taken the `P` either! Not much... ;-) I still think Matt is a Vicar and Pole-dancer, with interests in Real Estate and sidelines in keyboard repairs, recruitment and wig-making. His office is contained within the hot-dog stand under the flyover near Anglia Square. Fact.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I have a sneaking suspicion your an undertaker Matt, and I can substantiate this claim that people are reluctant to part company with this earth on a friday, because they want to know what the results are on the Saturday, thereby waiting till Sunday in most cases. Also, one of the essential requirements for the post, is an innate positivity without gallows humour. An undertaker never says, can anyone tell me the way to the cemetery? for example, they always call the bookies first.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

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