December 9 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, August 30, 2013
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton admits the Canaries’ free-scoring Capital One Cup win over Bury has given him food for thought.
Hughton made seven changes to his starting line up after last weekend’s Premier League defeat against Hull, but the more selection dilemmas the better for the City manager following the perfect response to a disappointing league trip to Humberside.
“It makes my job harder but that is what I want. I want players pushing for a starting place,” he said. “Hull was a very tough one on a personal level. The longer you are in the game it makes no real difference to how you feel when you get poor results. No-one feels it more than me but you have to dust yourself down and look forward to the next one. Come Monday morning you have to be bright and ready to go again and we were fortunate we had a game midweek.
“We decided to put a strong side out against Bury to show respect for the opposition, but you still never know. If you look at some of the other Premier League clubs they were taken to extra-time and its difficult. Bury raised their game, but to score six goals was pleasing and also the manner we went about it.”
Hughton is stressing the need for perspective with Norwich picking up one point from their opening two Premier League games.
“Of course we want that first league win but I think right now we are in a better position than this time last season,” he said. “We drew the first game at home last year but we were five goals worse off after what had happened at Fulham. You want to win games and when you don’t it affects you because this is a competitive environment.
“You also have to look at other teams and for as much as we are disappointed with certain aspects the same is true for a lot of other clubs. It is so early in the season and we all know at this stage there is always another game to try and improve and to get points.”