Chris Hughton - Premier League rivals will draw strength from Norwich City’s example
13:41 12 November 2012
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Chris Hughton agreed Norwich’s upturn in Premier League fortunes could inadvertently inspire their rivals.
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.”