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Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Chris Hughton will not lose any sleep over the Canaries’ pre-season lack of firepower following a second goalless friendly affair.
The Norwich boss believes he has plenty of attacking potency at his disposal for the Premier League campaign after watching City held by Hull in midweek. Hughton is urging his squad to become more selfish at the sharp end of the pitch ahead of their pre-season finale against German Champions League qualifiers Borussia Monchengladbach.
“An area of course we would like to improve on this pre-season is our goals tally,” he said. “It’s not that we are not getting into good areas and that final third, it is perhaps just being that little bit more decisive and making that clinical pass and probably if anything being a little bit more greedy in front of goal. That is the area we need to improve on as the weeks go on. We have good players who have scored goals in this division, so for me it is not a problem. We are looking over a whole pre-season period and we have looked solid as a unit, but it would have been nice to see a few goals.”
City’s defensive resolve secured a fourth clean sheet of the summer against Steve Bruce’s Tigers at the KC stadium.
“It was certainly a good exercise,” said Hughton. “These are a good team and of course when you play teams at home it is a test. They fared very well last season and they have retained a lot of those qualities. It was a real good work out for us but, for me, there were far more advantages and positives than negatives. I thought we created the better chances, certainly in the first half period, and we could have made the game more comfortable for ourselves. There were a lot of good performances and we moved the ball well on a good surface.”
City old boy Bruce felt the Canaries offered the perfect tune up for Hull’s opening competitive game of the new campaign this weekend against Rotherham in the Capital One Cup.
“I was pleased with our performance,” said Bruce, preparing for his first season at the helm on Humberside. “It was against good opposition and I saw some encouraging things. It should set us up
nicely. The friendlies we’ve had have been pretty tame up to now, so it was pleasing to play with a good tempo against a Premier League side.
“I’m still learning about the group. The one thing about them is that they’re a good bunch of lads who are buying in to what we’re trying to do. Rome wasn’t built in a day but the real ball game is about to come this weekend, thank goodness, so we’ll get a much better idea then.”