Norwich City urged to force the pace against Newcastle United

Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer was impressive against Newcastle at St James' Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer was impressive against Newcastle at St James' Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
6:30 AM

Chris Hughton is not fooled by Newcastle’s recent dip in Premier League form ahead of facing his old club on Tuesday at Carrow Road.

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The Magpies lost four consecutive games over the festive period and crashed out of the FA Cup before getting back to winning ways at West Ham, and Hughton is wary of Newcastle’s threat on the road.

“We are concentrating on what we would like to do,” he said. “But they had a very good run before the Christmas period and they have picked up a lot of wins away. We are conscious of the offensive quality they have in the team but we are at home, we are on the back of a good win and there was a good feeling with the supporters at the end of that (Hull) game. I don’t think we started the game well up there at Newcastle and if we had managed to start in the vein we finished then possibly it would have been a different result so that is something we are also conscious of.”

Leroy Fer’s goalscoring display at St James’ Park earned special praise from Magpies’ boss Alan Pardew after Norwich’s 2-1 Premier League defeat and Hughton knows the Dutch midfielder will have a key role although Fer may not have to face Yohan Cabaye again with reports late on Monday night the French international is poised to join Paris St Germain.

“I thought he played very well up there. Overall his level of performance has been very good,” said Hughton. “He is still a young man, he is adapting to our game and that has brought some ups and downs but I have been delighted with his contribution and feel there is more to come.

“Cabaye is a good player and an influential player. You can speak about Cabaye but Loic Remy is not bad either, Yoan Gouffran the same, (Moussa) Sissoko. Cabaye is a big player for them but we want to go into the game with a really positive frame of mind.”

Injured duo Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back) both miss out and Hughton does not expect them to return in the near future.

“Michael will be out for a number of weeks. It is a hamstring injury, but a severe pull rather than something that requires surgery,” said Hughton. “Jonny will be out for a few more weeks. It still hasn’t settled down and the treatment and all the expert advice we are getting tells us it has to settle down before he is able to do too much. It is very frustrating for Jon because he is used to being on the training pitch. We still anticipate that is a few weeks.”

13 comments

  • I dont understand the Ayala thing. I was a fan. The only negative was that he gave away too many free kicks in dangerous areas. Maybe thats why he is gone as you cant keep doing that in the Prem. OTBC

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    sharky

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I think all our CBs have been prone to giving away dangerous free-kicks, sharky. I suppose it literally comes with their territory. But, like you, I thought Dani looked a decent player - and he`s still only 23 - plenty of time to mature into a quality defender. I believe Middlesbrough have made a top-value signing there, to help them in their promotion bid. I really hope that, if we fail to obtain more cover in this area, we aren`t caught out before this season ends. No point in Pardew-style injury excuses then. It mirrors letting Vaughan go then scrambling around to borrow the teenage Harry Kane to fill the gap. Joined-up thinking? I think not. Unless there IS a new CB lined up....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Given that Turner is expected to still be out for weeks, why have we not signed another centre back, we surely cannot risk going into the latter stages of the season with only two fit centre backs. Why the heck did we sell Ayala for example as he would have been adquate cover. Yes I know Martin thinks he too can play there but he certainly does not look premiership quality in that position and should be regarded as a last resort rather than the only cover for the position especially as we only have one other right back as well.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Trouble is, TK, the delights of the Prisoner of War Road scene would attract the wrong sort of player. We might get the likes of Joey `Halitosis` Barton. We have good players who are currently finding it difficult to make it all gel. At the risk of sounding like footy`s version of Geoffrey Boycott, just imagine the position if we lose a centre-back `long term`. Boycs always loved to deflate over-optimism by painting the scenario of `What if 2 more wickets go down?`. Then, he`s just a tedious professional Yorky anyway. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Rumour has it that Cianni the CB from Lazio is coming to watch the game tonight...

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I totally agree Trevor, I can only think that there is a frantic scramble for a CB going on behind the scenes.. I don't feel Martin really cuts it as a centre back and I've noticed when he has played there he's been identified as a weakness by other teams with their attacks going mainly past him...Good to know that Ryan Bennett will start tonight though. OTBC

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Agree GossVolley. Ive always been very vocal in my opinion on Martin at centre back. Hes always been a right back until he covered at centre back under Lambert. Fair play he did ok but long term hes simply not a centre back for me. Doesn't mean im right though, I read a report saying he has been told by the Scotland boss if he hopes to play for Scotland more he needs to be playing centre back for his club. So who knows lol! Hopefully NUFC look at poor tonight as they have other times without Cabaye.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Maybe another CB is in the pipeline but it really does seem like putting the cart before the horse once again. Surely any solvent club should always buy the replacement before selling the surplus. Our club seems to be very bad at getting new players right now, perhaps they need to be advertising the POW club scene a bit more.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I really hope it clicks tonight. RVW bagging a couple after having been fed defence splitting passes.Our players in their faces from the off and smiles all round. yeh I really hope it clicks tonight.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Cabaye's off to PSG - not that you'd know it without the BBC or Sky. Or NewsNow. Or the Newcastle Journal. etc etc.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I hope so Lobbo....I really do hope so...

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Share concerns about the CB situation. Surely something`s going on? Otherwise the release of Ayala at this time looks foolish. (Maybe letting Leon Barnett go even more so). He may not be the best CB around but he`d be better than nobody at all. It`s not as if NCFC trousered a King`s Ransom while they had the chance.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Good news Cabaye is not playing but a tough game nonetheless. Remy looks very dangerous and will certainly cause problems. Definitely still a game we can get something out of. Need to go out fast and hard.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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