Chris Hughton agreed Norwich’s upturn in Premier League fortunes could inadvertently inspire their rivals.

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The Canaries served further notice that those early season dark days are behind them after a goalless draw at Reading extended their current four-game unbeaten run in the top flight.

“We are certainly in a better place than what we were a few weeks ago,” he said. “If anything it is an example, and I’ve no doubts that we are part of a group of teams at the bottom that are going to find it tough going.

“Reading are very capable of getting results. I’ve got no doubts. They can score goals as well and I’m quite sure they’re very capable of getting the wins they need.”

Hughton insists the Royals have enough raw materials at their disposal to fight a successful relegation rearguard action – but the City boss was predictably diplomatic when pressed if they can survive.

“I don’t know. Of course it is not my concern, but I like the manager very much. One thing they always show is character,” he said. “They showed it last season. It is far more difficult for them to do it this season but they certainly have enough character and quality to do it. I did hear a quote they wanted to get back to being a more solid unit.

“They will be disappointed at home in one of their winnable games, but I think they will be pleased with the clean sheet.”

Hughton knows Norwich’s revival will face the ultimate test with the visit of Manchester United to Carrow Road this weekend.

“We’ve got a massive game and we’ll need everything that we’ve shown over recent games to take into that game to try to get something,” he said. “The players deserve what they are getting now because they reacted from a couple of very poor results, put the work in and showed a real resilience and they’ve given us a chance in recent games.

“This is such a tough division for us and every point that we get is a real hard-fought point. Any time we can get a point or get a win, it’s a nice feelgood factor for us.”

8 comments

  • Lord Besty, we are about to see a great divide between the haves and have-nots in English football with the increased TV fees next season. A point a game will not be enough to ensure that Norwich fall on the right side of this divide. I feel that Hoots conservative tactic of only one striker would only work if he had got in a high quality striker which he did not, or had midfield players who could take chances, which he has not. I fear that Norwich are letting slip the opportunity of being a top club for the next twenty years (or until the financial bubble bursts). When he has been adventurous ie at the end of the knock out competition against Spurs, the team won but he would not risk losing one point to gain two in a league game. Sorry but I think he and you will live to rue all the lost points against QPR, West Ham and Reading when May arrives. I do hope I am wrong though.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • Sorry Hoots you're delusional. Other teams are only inspired by your team because they think: "We could get a result here". I am not too sure that an upturn leading to a draw with Reading is that much to crow about either.

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    waclor

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • C H banging on again about the good chances of the other teams in the league but saying City are going to struggle, great confidence booster then!

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    goldie

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • On MOTD over the past three weeks I think the so called pundits have now said that virtually every side in the bottom half of the table will "be all right, they have a good set of players, once they get a result expect them to start picking up points" and other cr&p like that. With one notable exception of course.... Perhaps that's a good thing.

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    shefcanary

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • You`ve got me running for the Prozac cabinet, waclor! I can`t help but agree we`ve let slip opportunities for win bonuses, aka 2 extra points. Particularly vs QPR, WHU and Reading as you said. I think, although we have a much more cautious approach than under the Previous Leader (PL), much of the problem lies in weak finishing. Where are Pilks` goalscoring boots this season? Snods, Benno, Wessi likewise. Most fans saw the need to freshen up the striking dept and still do, I suspect. In the meantime, any player is allowed to score, even the GK! Can`t expect Superholt to do it all. I still think we will survive and last year 37 points was enough. Looks like it may be fewer this year? This would indeed be a bad year to go down, what with all the extra goodies in the Premiership trough next season.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • fascinated to read CH's Reading comments , cant wait to see what he says after the Saints game in a couple of weeks. Its a sort of reverse phsychology.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Why are some City fans? still so down on CH I think he is doing an excellent job. We are putting distance between us and the bottom 3, we haven't lost in five games and our defence looks pretty much water tight. It was always going to take a bit of time for the squad to adjust to a new management team. STOP MOANING.

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    lordbesty

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • I agree with lordbesty but sympathise a bit with the "moaners". The headline rather misrepresented what Hoots actually said, I think.That he "agreed" that "our upturn could inspire our rivals" implies that he was agreeing with somebody, but who? A local hack? It was just Hoots being his normal very polite self to keep the press kiddies happy while he quietly gets on with the job of keeping us up. 8 more wins...... or a LOT of draws. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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